Job Opportunities

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ABOUT THE FEST

True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land – bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the market. Here’s where a revolutionary new alloy can be forged, the future of an urgent art. Far from the mountains, oceans, media machines or other perks that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally, and it is now a grassroots phenomenon, and “filmmaker utopia”, selling 45,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously.

True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of showcasing transformative cinema and art in Columbia, Missouri through its two projects–True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. Ragtag Film Society was recently named the 2018 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council and the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

We seek out the most creative, energetic people and give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential. In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, festival positions offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in scheduling. You’ll be working with some of the most talented, creative individuals in mid-Missouri, the RFS Core Staff; a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest, and to run a homegrown venue showcasing the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.

CURRENT LISTINGS:

Sustainability Coordinator - True/False Film Fest

Overview: The Sustainability Coordinator is passionate about reducing, reusing, and recycling, has experience coordinating green initiatives, and is excited to expand our current diversion efforts toward becoming zero-waste! The position will identify, advocate for, and incorporate sustainable practices throughout the Fest. This outgoing, organized human can think on their feet, is able to work independently AND as a team member, doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, and is comfortable collaborating with a wide variety of people.

Duties Include:

  • Work with Events, Theater Operations, and Production staff and volunteers to decrease the Fest’s environmental impact
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to create and implement a marketing campaign to educate the public, especially festgoers, about this program and about Fest sustainability
  • Coordinate with local restaurants and the City to track and divert food waste
  • Measure and evaluate waste composition to determine diversion rate and track progress toward zero-waste
  • Continue to grow the T/F recycling program, increasing capacity and streamlining the process, as well as creating simple yet informative marketing tools for festgoers, volunteers, and staff
  • Recruit, train, and manage 25-30 volunteers for the Sustainability Team
  • Manage and oversee a Sustainability Intern
  • Additional duties as needed

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has experience coordinating green initiatives
  • Has experience managing a team
  • Must be willing and able to lift 50lbs, drive a box truck, and work on their feet for long hours
  • Has excellent problem solving skills

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, and a collaborative culture. The stipend will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $1,200-1,500 for the festival season. The Fest Sustainability Coordinator will work approximately 150-200 hours between November 1 and March 15, including full event and on-call hours during the week of the Fest, March 5 – 8, 2020.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Sustainability Coordinator, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the end of September, but reviewed on a rolling basis and a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Art Installations Assistant - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are in search of a highly organized and detail-oriented person to serve as our Art Installation Assistant for the 2020 festival. S/he/they will be enlisted to help transform downtown Columbia by recruiting and facilitating artists to create large scale installation, venue designs, and numerous other multimedia endeavors.

Duties Include:

  • Assist with promoting the Fest Call to Artists, including research and staying informed about currently working artists, art collectives, and regional arts organizations and maintaining a running contact list
  • Reviewing art installation submissions
  • Attending curation and art team meetings
  • Coordination of invited Fest visual artists, including managing installation, travel, and other logistical considerations and details
  • Assist in recruiting artists for special spaces, and gallery art coordination
  • Assist with installation and tear-down of art 
  • Work with production manager to manage art storage/maintenance
  • Help maintain art database, collect photos and info, and write copy for printed program
  • Help maintain T/F Art’s online presence 
  • Assist in creation of swag bags for artists 
  • Assist in the coordination of the Artist-in-Residency program

The ideal candidate: 

  • Has experience with art handling, production, and installation
  • Has excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Has experience with Adobe suite
  • Has experience managing or contributing to social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time, seasonal position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, and a collaborative culture. The stipend will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $1,800 – $2,000 for the festival season. The Art Installations Assistant ideally already lives in Columbia, with a start date of October 1, 2019. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Art Installations Assistant, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the end of August, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Apprentice Fabrication Manager - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are in search of a skilled, organized, and detail-oriented person to apprentice with our Lead Fabrication Manager in anticipation of eventually taking over as Lead Fabrication Manager for future festivals. The Apprentice will shadow and assist the Fabrication Manager with all aspects of the role. This includes assisting with the creation of art installations and general build projects; participating in providing construction advice for and review the safety of all physical installations, including new/temporary spaces to be utilized for the 2020 fest; and assisting with all areas of set up during the week of the Fest and on special assignments, under the direction of the Production Manager.

Required skills:

  • Competence of standard power and shop tools
  • Basic fine and rough carpentry skills
  • Ability to develop and implement safety protocols and standard operating procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong management/client communication skills
  • Able to lift 50 lbs alone

The ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Experience leading a team
  • Experience handling art 
  • Festival work experience
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of artists/clients
  • Ability to implement ambitious endeavors in unique environments with rigid limitations
  • Ability to drive a truck/trailer
  • Scissor lift operation experience
  • Working knowledge of a wide variety of materials, fasteners, adhesives, and solvents
  • Experience welding
  • CAD experience
  • Demonstrated competency in managing projects using industry standard computer programs

Commitment and Compensation: Approximately 150 hours for the True/False Film Fest, mainly between October 1 and the week following the 2020 fest (held March 5 through 8, 2020); the majority of these hours will be needed in January and February, as well as the weeks of set-up and tear-down (February 29 through March 12, 2020). Limited hours may be required for the 2020 Boone Dawdle, held August 15, 2020. Stipend commensurate with experience, in the range of $1,200-1,500. 

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be our Apprentice Fabrication Manager, a portfolio of your relevant work (if available), and three references to Chief People Officer, Arin Liberman, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2019.

Technical Director - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are in search of a highly organized and detail-oriented person to serve as our Technical Director for the 2020 festival. S/he/they will be well-versed in DCP technology and projection equipment, audio equipment, and other related technologies and equipment related to projection, film and media presentation, and live music performances. The ideal candidate will also be adept at creating team workflows and communication plans, familiar and comfortable with the flow of a film festival, and able to think on their feet to solve problems and keep their team and the show running smoothly.

Duties Include:

  • Supervise the Fest Tech team including: Assistant Technical Director, Audio Coordinator, Print Traffic Controller, Format Manager, Skype managers, festival projectionists, and audio techs
  • Consult with the Managing Director in advance of the Fest on technical equipment needs and setup strategy for projection/video needs at film venues and other venues as needed
  • Consult with the Audio Coordinator and other tech team members in advance of the Fest on equipment needs and setup strategy for audio, Skype, and other tech-related needs at film venues and other venues as needed
  • Ensure that all needed equipment has been purchased or rented
  • Lead the setup process of technical equipment at film venues, including video/projection equipment, equipment related to special events and special event screenings, and, as needed, audio equipment 
  • Work with Print Trafficker and Format Manager to plan for and build resource materials for the projection booths
  • Hire and schedule projectionists
  • Work with Audio Coordinator to hire and schedule audio techs
  • Working with ATD and Audio Coordinator, familiarize projectionists and audio techs with equipment and protocols 
  • Troubleshoot projection equipment issues/needs during the festival, and issues with other equipment as needed
  • Consult with other Tech, Production, Operations, and other team leads to ensure that teams are working in sync and that interteam communication is efficient
  • Work with the Presentation Manager to ensure that presentation standards are met

The ideal candidate: 

  • Has experience with digital cinema projection and non-cinema A/V equipment at at least one medium-to-large sized film festival
  • Is extremely detail- and deadline-oriented
  • Prides themselves on being hyper-organized
  • Has database and Google Drive experience
  • Has a keen understanding of a variety of exhibition formats and equipment
  • Has experience managing a team
  • Has excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, and a collaborative culture. The stipend will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $7,000-8,000 for the festival season. The Fest Tech Director will begin remote work by October 1, and should be on the ground/in the office in Columbia approximately Feb 25 through March 15; a visit to Columbia prior to late February may be required. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Tech Director, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the end of August, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Sponsorship Coordinator - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Are you excited about events marketing and the prospect of selling something you care about? We’re looking for a motivated account executive with both a love for the cultural mission of the festival and a genuine passion for people. This self-starter will be responsible for recruiting new trade partners and managing a highly diverse group of existing partners. We have an exciting event to offer, and we are looking for a bright, talented salesperson to help cultivate and nurture the growing list of businesses that support us with their products or services in exchange for marketing exposure, good will, and a cool way to attend the Fest! True/False is looking for someone who can grow with us, and help us grow!

If you have sales experience, or think you’ve got the right combination of personality and organizational skills to both negotiate and coordinate successful outcomes, this could be your opportunity to help promote True/False, build a strong business network, and work alongside a group of smart, energetic people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • Strong, natural sales ability
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance the needs of the festival and the requests of sponsors
  • Excellent attention to detail and flawless follow-through
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial culture
  • Self-driven individual who wants to be part of a cultural arts organization that has a positive impact on the City of Columbia and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • One year of professional sales experience preferred, but not required
  • Prior experience with True/False or other festivals is a plus

Specific duties include:

  • Research and secure new trade partnerships
  • Manage approximately 60 in-kind sponsorships valued from $500 to $10,000
  • Assist sponsorship team with partner activation and review of materials
  • Manage sponsor trade deliverables according to various needs; e.g. materials, food vouchers, swag, stage mentions, logo placement, etc.
  • Assist sponsorship team with database entry and upkeep to communicate deliverables to other teams
  • During the four days of the Fest, assist sponsors, attend events, and work to ensure all sponsorships are fulfilled; general sponsor liaising
  • Follow up with sponsors after the fest to receive feedback and express gratitude

Commitment & Compensation: This is a part-time position that will require 15 hours per week from October 1 through March 15. Some evening and occasional weekend time is required during the height of the pre-festival season and during the Fest (festival runs March 5-8, 2020). Must reside in Boone County. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and in the range of $5,000-$6,000 with additional opportunity for commission. We offer a results-oriented work environment, a collaborative culture, and scheduling flexibility.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be one of our new sponsorship aces along with your current resume. Send all materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, [email protected]. Application deadline: August 15.

Internships

As the festival grows, so necessarily does the staff-power, volunteer-power, and lately, intern-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to work and learn simultaneously towards the shared goal of realizing this special event. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.