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 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:

Audio Coordinator - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are in search of a skilled, organized individual to be our new Audio Coordinator! This position is responsible for the successful set up and operation of all audio equipment in the lead up and during the 2020 Fest at all venues and festival special events. After all events the Audio Coordinator will ensure proper tear down and return of equipment. While not required, we also have the opportunity for the right candidate to serve as the Audio Coordinator for our Boone Dawdle event (August 15, 2020).

This position requires an advanced understanding of all audio equipment used in live music and live event settings. The Audio Coordinator works with Tech Director and Music Director to set audio levels for festival venues. They will identify and acquire all audio needs and equipment for the festival, in collaboration with Tech Director (and others as needed), while working within an established budget amount for audio labor and equipment rental/purchase.

The Audio Coordinator will recruit (as needed – the festival has a team of returning audio technicians), schedule, and manage all audio techs. They will be responsible for training audio techs as needed. Additionally, the Audio Coordinator will work with the Music Team to ensure that festival musicians are aware of the equipment that is available to them, their sound check calls, and other necessary info.

Required skills:

  • Previous experience as an Audio Technician for live music events
  • Advanced knowledge of computer systems
  • Excellent hearing and an ear for detail
  • Up to date knowledge of sound and recording equipment
  • Technical aptitude
  • Experience in troubleshooting

The ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Experience leading a team
  • Experience in a film or music festival setting
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of artists/clients
  • Ability to drive a truck/trailer
  • A candidate local to Columbia, MO is preferred

Commitment and Compensation: Approximately 250-300 hours for the True/False Film Fest and the Boone Dawdle, mainly between December 1, 2019 to the week following the 2020 fest (March 5 – 8, 2020), and approximately 15-25 hours in August 2020 for the Boone Dawdle event. The majority of hours are needed in January and February, as well as the weeks of set-up and tear-down (February 29 through March 10, 2020). Stipend commensurate with experience, in the range of $2,500 to $3,500.

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be our Audio Coordinator, and three references to Chief People Officer, Arin Liberman, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through November 25, 2019.

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 November 25, 2019.

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]

Sustainability Intern – True/False Film Fest

Overview: The Sustainability Intern is passionate about reusing, reducing, and recycling. 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. This internship is an opportunity for the right candidate to get hands-on experience in leading green initiatives for events, managing people, and data collection and analysis. 

Duties & Requirements:

  • Assist the Sustainability Coordinator in implementing their strategy to decrease the Fest’s environmental impact, including but not limited to: growing the T/F Recycling + Composting programs, marketing the program and educating festgoers, volunteers, and staff
  • Recruiting & coordinating Green Team volunteers 
  • Must be willing and able to lift 50lbs, drive a box truck, and work on their feet for long hours
  • Should have excellent problem solving skills
  • Must have full availability the week surrounding the Fest; March 5-8, 2020

Time commitment: Ideally mid-Nov through March 15, but could be a Spring Semester only assignment. A modest stipend is available for this internship.

Theater Operations Intern – True/False Film Fest

Overview: This multifaceted guru works with our Theater Operations Management Team to keep 8 screening theaters (9 screens total) running with creative solutions to logistical problems. Must absolutely love logistical planning, worst-case scenarios, attendee traffic flow solutions, customer service, and working with volunteers and the general public. This internship is an opportunity for the right candidate to get training and hands-on experience in theater operations, volunteer coordination, public relations, and general festival logistics!

Duties:

  • Assist in planning Venue Captain, Assistant Venue Captain, Stage Manager, Queen (Venue Management staff), and general theater operations volunteer training sessions 
  • Assist Venue Management staff leading up to and during the fest
  • Help meet last-minute volunteer needs when volunteers do not show up for shifts during the festival
  • Assist Operations Manager and Production Manager in working with the Events team to create a workable plan for integrating Theater Operations/Events where needed during the festival
  • Serve as communication hub for Venue Management staff during the festival; ensuring that all venues have adequate staffing and supplies
  • Work with Operations Manager, Production Manager, and Technical Director to ensure all theaters are ready to open for screenings
  • Assist Manager of Theater Operations (MOTO) in developing and creating venue-specific manuals for each venue, including collecting and printing documents
  • Inventory and assemble venue supply boxes for the week of the festival
  • Work with MOTO to assemble wrap notes from Venue Management staff
  • Other tasks as assigned

Time Commitment: Must be available the entirety of Fest weekend (March 5-8, 2020) and the few days prior, be able to participate in several logistical/planning meetings during the months of November 2019 through February 2020 and for two staff/volunteer trainings in February (Feb 15 & Feb 22).

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.