High School


In 2016, Columbia Public Schools, Ragtag Film Society, and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation announced a new, landmark, multi-year partnership that brought together film, the CPS curriculum, and teacher training, with the goal of incorporating more film and multimedia into their classrooms. From a deep dive into the world of filmmaking for CPS teachers during our summer Media Literacy Institutes and hosting class field trips at Ragtag Cinema and the entire CPS Sophomore class at the True/False Film Fest, to pivoting to virtual media literacy education through our Ragtag at Home film guides, over the past several years, we’ve had the opportunity to reach over 35 CPS high school teachers and thousands of students!

Building off the success of the RFS Media Literacy Initiative, we excitedly engage in creating the next iteration of our media literacy work, continuing our partnership with Columbia Public Schools and extending it across Missouri. In doing so, our primary goals to increase the presence of film in core classrooms, help teachers and students learn to read film as text, and to cultivate and enhance critical thinking skills as teachers and students practice analyzing new media, remain the same.

We believe that as we catapult into a world of ever-changing media, distribution platforms, and news outlets, we owe our students the skills to be thoughtful, critical consumers of media. They deserve the tools to think consciously about the ways their world is presented to them and the ways they present their world.

As media literacy is baked into the programming and very fabric upon which our organization was built, we are excited to continue this rich education within existing and future programming.

Stay in the loop with the initiative’s goings-on via our website news, newsletter, and social media channels
Questions? Contact Director of Community Partnerships & Education, Kelly Famuliner.


Due to COVID-19, Camp True/False will not take place during T/F 2021. We look forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2022. 

In our Camp T/F program, a select group of high school students dive deeply into the True/False Film Fest and experience a weekend of exciting films, music, art, conversations, and workshops with a diverse crew of exceptional guests and local hosts. Camp brings high school students together for a curated track through the Fest. In the months leading up to the Fest, students meet regularly to explore documentary through film screenings, guest lectures, and discussions. During the Fest, students see films, engage with filmmakers, and create art of their own. Due to the limited amount of spots available, applications are provided upon request.

For questions about all things Camp, contact our Coordinator of Community Partnerships & Education, Josh Runnels.


This year’s Education Screening film is Undefeated (T/F 2012), directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. 

The unique 2021 Education Screening was a virtual experience held the week of March 22-26, with a filmmaker Q&A on Monday, April 5th. All Columbia Public High School sophomores participated in this screening (approximately 1,400 students!), and had the chance to submit questions for the Q&A both the week they watch the film, as well as during the live (virtual) Q&A.


Due to COVID-19, DIY Day will not take place during T/F 2021. We look forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2022.

DIY Day is our specially crafted field trip for high school students on the Friday of the Fest. 125 students pan out across studios and creative spaces in Columbia’s North Village Arts District for an afternoon of hands-on workshops hosted by festival artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Students create their own “alternative career-day,” where they both learn about the artist’s work and how to craft a creative life. Afterwards, students and teachers gather to reflect on their experiences and prepare to join the raucous March March, True/False’s anyone-can-join parade. A list of DIY Day 2020 workshops can be found here.

DIY Day is supported by the Columbia Public Schools Foundation.


Due to COVID-19, in person TLF assemblies will not take place during T/F 2021. We look forward to planning new ways for all our audiences to engage with the TLF film and subject(s).

Every year, the True Life Fund film representatives, often the director(s) and subject(s), visit all four Columbia Public High Schools: Douglass, Battle, Rock Bridge, and Hickman. At these assemblies, the director plays film clips and engages in discussion that includes the filmmaking process — from idea conception to screening and everything in between. Often, the students dedicate one of their spring fundraising campaigns to the True Life Fund.


We’re happy to work with students and educators to reserve a set of group tickets to a Fest film. The educational ticket buy is great for teachers who would like to attend a particular film with a class, or clubs and organizations who want to see a film as a group. Tickets are limited.

Interested groups can access our educational ticket request form soon after the film schedule is announced.


Of course, you can volunteer! There are plenty of teams that need enthusiastic, committed, responsible volunteers. Dive into the volunteer app or email [email protected] to learn more.