Job Opportunities

Ragtag Film Society is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

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 50,000 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; 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:

Associate Events Coordinator - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Are you someone who takes pride in throwing the perfect party? Do you love choreographing efficient event flows? Would your friends describe you as a host-with-the-most? If so, you could be our new Associate Events Coordinator! We’re looking for someone to join the events team and help with the planning, organizing, and oversight of all the events at the Fest, including receptions, parties, and other special events with food & bev! 

Duties include: 

  • Assists Events Director in determining proper admission procedures for events, coordinating access to venues for set up & breakdown, and ensuring that venues are cared for and thoroughly cleaned after each event 
  • Coordination of event needs with other relevant departments, including but not limited to: theater operations, production, and sponsorship
  • Recruitment and management of event staff for each event 
  • Overseeing event team volunteers
  • Ensure successful interaction of events and film screenings/staff 
  • Assist the Boozemaster/booze team as needed and appropriate

Skills & Experience:

  • Ability to problem-solve quickly and think on your feet; handling rapidly changing needs
  • Positive customer service attitude, works well under pressure
  • Experience managing multiple people and projects at one time
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ideal candidate will have at least one year working at True/False or another festival or large event

Commitment & Compensation: The time commitment consists of remote work and team meetings for about 10 hours/week between December and January, with additional hours starting in February. Must have full availability the week of the Fest, March 5-8, 2020. Compensation is comprised of a base stipend in the range of $650-750. To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter expressing why you should be the Associate Events Coordinator, and two references to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer; [email protected] by January 6, 2020. 

Assistant Venue Captain - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Do you have theater operations experience, either at True/False or elsewhere? Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you like imparting important information to large masses of people quickly and efficiently? Can you seat a crowd of hundreds lickety-split to start a show on time? Can you train staff on the fly, and train them well? If you answered “yes”, or, “challenge accepted!” to all of those questions, you might be the perfect Assistant Venue Captain! This position requires the ability to successfully manage a team of volunteers and a willingness to work long hours over a four-day period. 

Duties:

  • Work with your Venue Captain to ensure the safe and successful operation of a festival theater venue throughout the festival weekend, from Thursday through Sunday (March 5-8, 2020)
  • Know your venue like the back of your hand: entrances/exits, restrooms, emergency procedures, etc.
  • Have all the particulars of y our venue memorized (more than less)
  • Work with your Venue Captain to train your venue volunteers
  • Help your Venue Captain oversee and manage Stage Managers, Queens, and general venue staff, making sure they have all pertinent information and are successfully carrying out their assignments
  • With Venue Captain, carry out efficient flow of traffic during screening load-ins and transitions between films including communications to patrons, volunteer assignments, and venue cleaning
  • Serve as the go-to person for volunteer venue staff once initial crew assignments have been made (and VC is not available)
  • Attend all pre-festival Venue Management Staff trainings and the all-volunteer training
  • Other logistical and operational tasks as assigned

Time commitment & Compensation:  Approximately 50 hours over the course of the Fest (March 5-8) weekend, plus a handful of pre-fest trainings (Feb 15, 22). Must be available Thursday-Sunday in order to be considered, must be local to Columbia or within reasonable driving distance, lodging is not provided. This position receives a modest stipend of $250-300 and a Juggernaut pass. Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining relevant production or stage management experience, as well as a brief summary of why they are interested in working for True/False to Chief People Officer, Arin Liberman at [email protected] by February 1, 2020.

Stage Manager - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Fest Stage Managers are responsible for overseeing a tight on-stage flow within a single venue, transitioning between live musical acts, presenters, and film screenings. They work closely with musicians, ringleaders, filmmakers, and special guests, as well as the Venue Captain, Assistant Venue Captain (VC and AVC), Production Manager, Operations Manager, and Assistant Manager of Theatre Operations (aMOTO). The Stage Managers ensure seamless transitions between band set-up and breakdown, the introduction of the film, the film screening, and Q&A following performance. The ideal SM holds to timelines better than a Swiss watch, is a detail fiend, and assertively directs a fantastically eccentric rotating cast of characters. They hold the key to the rich integrity of the True/False audience experience: shows always start on time with no dead air!

Duties:

  • Oversee the execution of all on-stage programming within a single Fest venue
  • Work with VC and/or AVC to time on-stage activities with audience seating while maintaining a tight schedule
  • Work with the Tech and Music teams to coordinate technical needs of musicians and guest speakers (no technical experience or skills needed)
  • Serve as a venue point of contact for musicians, ringleaders, filmmakers, and other special guests
  • Coordinate technical needs of musicians with venue Audio Techs, check-in and orient musicians for setup and breakdown
  • Check-in and orient ringleaders, filmmakers, and special guests
  • Oversee transitions between musicians, ringleaders, and special guests for introductions and Q&As following the film screening
  • Work with Venue Staff to ensure venue components -sound, lighting, and projection- are set before each show and during transitions
  • Ensure that all equipment and traffic are efficiently cleared between pre-show activities and film screening
  • Serve as off-stage timekeeper for Q&A
  • Work with Venue Staff to ensure clear and clean venues at set up, between screenings and at the end of each day
  • Attend all pre-festival Venue Management Staff trainings and the all-volunteer training
  • Other logistical and operational tasks as assigned

Time Commitment & Compensation: Commitment includes approximately 50 hours between March 5-8, 2020, as well as Stage Manager training pre-Fest (Feb 15 & 22), participation in post-Fest evaluations, and some additional advance communications. Must be local to Columbia or within reasonable driving distance; lodging is not provided. Must be available the entire 4 days of the Fest to be considered. This position receives a modest stipend of $225 and a Juggernaut pass. Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining relevant production or stage management experience, as well as a brief summary of why they are interested in working for True/False to Chief People Officer, Arin Liberman at [email protected] by February 1, 2020.

Photo Coordinator - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Do you have a strong photography background, but also enjoy coordinating other photographers? Would you like to drive the eyes that capture the iconic images of the next Fest? This Core position requires the ability to successfully manage a team and a willingness to work long hours over a four-day period.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to lead and communicate well
  • Ability to organize a team of volunteer photographers & photo editors
  • Experience with photo editing using Adobe Lightroom
  • Knowledgeable about professional photography equipment
  • Ability to work long days during the festival 
  • True/False photog team experience is a plus

Compensation and time commitment: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend of $2,100. The time commitment includes regular remote and office hours (approx 10/week to start with additional hours closer to the Fest) from January through mid-March to coordinate photo team needs with the Communications team; shooting or coordinating photo coverage, photo editing, and archiving photos for pre-Fest events; an intense workload the week of the festival managing the photographers and photo editors; and post-fest wrap-up hours to archive and organize Fest content. Should reside in Columbia, or be willing to travel here frequently. The 2020 True/False Film Fest will be held March 5-8, 2020. 

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest telling us why you should be our new Photo Coordinator, sample photos (can be via gallery link), and a summary of other relevant qualifications, to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer: [email protected] by January 10, 2020.

Photo Editor(s) - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Do you have a discerning eye for key Kodak moments and a desire to bring out the best in every image? Do you get a thrill from photo editing and organizing? Are you seeking to supplement your portfolio with an intensive weekend of editing experience with a fun group of dedicated Fest-workers? We need YOU! 

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience with photo editing using Adobe Lightroom
  • A keen eye for identifying/pulling photos for marketing & promotional use 
  • Ability to work long days during the festival 
  • True/False photog team experience is a plus

Compensation and time commitment: This is a seasonal role, and the time commitment includes team meetings in January & February as well as heavy photo editing & archiving shifts the weeks of March 2 – 12. Compensation is comprised of a base stipend of $300. Should reside in Columbia or nearby with ability to be in the office for long hours. Must have full availability the weekend of the Fest, March 5 – 8, 2020. 

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest telling us why you should be a T/F Photo Editor; sample work (can be via gallery link), and a summary of other relevant qualifications, to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer: [email protected] by January 15.

True/False Production Team

Are you interested in working for the Fest, but don’t *quite* fit into any of the open job categories? Have you been a volunteer and want to raise your level of commitment to the Fest? Do you have a unique set of skills you think would benefit True/False? We are excited to hear from anyone with an interest in joining the Production team, and we will keep your info on file should any exciting new opportunities come up.

To Apply: Please submit a general letter of interest and your resume or other summary of your relevant qualifications, to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer: [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS

As the festival grows, so necessarily does the human-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to dive deep in a particular department to realize this multi-faceted event.

Festival internships are an opportunity to get training and hands-on experience in event planning, people organization and leadership, and to learn about the film festival landscape from the inside. Interns are conferred a level of volunteer pass for the Fest that includes admissions benefits beyond general or juggernaut access. They also have opportunities throughout the season to join internal & external social events and networking opportunities, and connect with other interns, fellows, and apprentices. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be considered for the role, and two references to Chief People Officer, Arin Liberman, at: [email protected]

Events Intern – True/False Film Fest

Overview: This hospitality focused and customer service oriented person works with our Events Management Team to produce 9+ parties and events throughout the True/False Film Fest. Must absolutely love late nights, running full steam, logistical planning, best/worst-case scenarios on the fly, heavy lifting, and serving the general public & volunteers. This internship is a challenging mix of event planning, relationship management, public relations, volunteer coordination, and general festival logistics.

The nitty gritty duties:

  • Assist in the production of events leading up to and during TrueFalse Filmfest
  • Communicate with sponsors, team leads, & volunteers by e-mail and phone
  • Help meet last-minute volunteer needs when volunteers do not show up for shifts during the festival
  • Inventory and assemble event supplies for the week of the festival
  • Work with Events Director & Coordinator to assemble wrap notes from each event 
  • Other tasks as assigned

Time Commitment: Must be available the entirety of weekend of the fest (March 5-8, 2020) and the few days prior/after, be able to participate in several logistical/planning meetings during the months of November through February and for staff/volunteer training in February.

Merchandise Intern – True/False Film Fest

Overview: The Merch team is busy curating and creating unique merchandise for retail and swag. We are looking for an intern with a strong sense of style, understanding of the True/False brand, and the ability to work with a team & independently. This internship is an opportunity for the right candidate to get training and hands-on experience in event retail management, leading a team, and e-commerce management.

Duties & Qualifications

  • Assist with sourcing merchandise
  • Assist with website maintenance
  • Assist with pop-up set up and merchandising
  • Assist with management of merch volunteers
  • Schlepping merchandise to and fro
  • Retail and customer service experience required
  • Access to a vehicle required
  • Experience with e-commerce website preferable

Time Commitment: 5hrs/per week November through December. 10hrs/week January through mid-February. 20hrs/week mid-February to mid-March, with required availability March 5 – March 9.