Health FAQ

Ragtag Film Society has been working closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services to provide safe, outdoor cinematic experiences since summer of 2020. Safety has always been a top priority for True/False and that continues to be true in this moment as we work to implement new protocols in uncertain times. Bringing back joyful community experiences is imperative; doing so safely is paramount. 

If you have any questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly Box Office team! Contact: 573.442.TRUE (8783) or [email protected]

Additionally, weekly staff AMA (ask me anything) sessions will be held Friday afternoons at 4:45pm (central). Recordings can be found below as they become available! 

Health Precautions & Rules

We are proactively doing our best to educate all attendees about expectations for COVID precautions. We are moving to a digital ticketing system. In addition to moving the festival to Stephens Lake Park for outdoor concerts and screenings, we are planning for physically distancing seating in all venues, will require mask-wearing, and will have handwashing stations around the park. During the Fest, we will screen our staff and volunteers daily for symptoms.

All basic precautions are in place: wash your hands, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and stay six feet apart from people outside your household or quaranteam. Hand washing stations will be available in food areas and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Fest. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth unless actively eating or drinking. Guidelines for masks can be found here.

For an illustration of how much space to keep between each other, think:

  • The length of a Ragtag Cinema couch
  • Barb the Buffaloe
  • Three theater seats
  • David Wilson’s wingspan
  • (Let us know if you think of other fun ideas.)

Yes. Unless you’re actively eating or drinking, masks are required throughout the park and all venues.

The Fest has a crew responsible for disinfecting everywhere appropriate, as well as a dedicated team tasked with health policy compliance. If they see any unsafe or risky behavior, they’ll step in to provide guidance. Attendees who do not comply will be asked to leave. Nobody likes being the mask, hand washing, or physical distancing enforcer, so let’s all do our part to make this Fest safe for everyone. Thank you!

Here are things we’re working on – the particulars of these components of the Fest are not final, so we can’t get into all the details yet, but hopefully this helps you see the direction we’re heading in!

  • For every component of the Fest, from film screenings to communal spaces and food and bev, we’ll have a dedicated health plan submitted and approved before it is implemented. 
  • T/F venue pod seating
  • Reduced emphasis on queueing & in-person line waiting

The 2021 theme — The Nature of Uncertainty — reminds us that tumultuous times invite creative reimaginings, and we look forward to having you on that journey with us. Your continued support and trust means the world to us.