True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema are projects of the Ragtag Film Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.
RAGTAG FILM SOCIETY
With cinema as a focal point, Ragtag Film Society exists to captivate and engage communities in immersive arts experiences that explore assumptions and elicit shared joy, wonder, and introspection.
RFS VALUES – The following four values are interlocking, and are essential to everything we do.
INTEGRITY – We practice decision-making, programming, and presentation with respect, accountability, and transparency.
INCLUSIVITY – We honor the dignity of every human. We are an organization of diverse individuals possessing a variety of perspectives, identities, and lived experiences. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and our collective similarities. All ideas are welcomed as part of a culture of creative initiative bolstered by close collaboration, fierce debate, and rigorous vetting.
PLAYFULNESS – We believe that cinema, music, art, and education are vital and transformative, and when presented in a high-spirited and fun environment, that transformation is elevated. We approach our work with the same expectation of fun, satisfaction, and transformation.
SUSTAINABILITY – We aspire to create a sustainable experience for our staff and volunteers, work towards a greener world, and bolster the artistic contributors who fuel our programming. We support that which sustains us, and internally we are nimble and adaptable, which allows us to respond quickly to new opportunities and challenges.
True/False offers a heightened long weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town of Columbia, Missouri, into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that invites participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.
Creative placemaking means the festival develops the talents and focuses the energy of the region. We seek out the most creative, energetic people and then 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.
This is an extraordinarily vital time for nonfiction filmmaking as an artistic form. Our goal is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of creative nonfiction. 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. Herein are the ingredients for a revolutionary new alloy, the future of an urgent art.