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STRANGER <-> HOST

With each edition of the festival, True/False reinvents itself aesthetically based on a provoking prompt that we take on as our visual theme. Visual artists help us transform downtown Columbia into a wonderland of art in dialogue, each piece responding to different facets of the overarching prompt. Each year, we encourage artists to use the visual theme as inspiration in addition to the ever-present ideas and mission of the festival (broadly, an immersive artistic experience that seeks to transform the everyday).

We’re pleased to announce the visual theme for 2019 is STRANGER <-> HOST

 

Both “stranger” and “host” contain contradictions — “stranger” brings up menacing images as well as the exciting, the new, an adventure; while “host” invokes welcoming, open arms, but also parasites and invading armies. We are interested in provoking artists to explore the tensions inherent within the phrase “stranger?host.” Clearly, our binary understanding of this oppositional pair – the outsider and the insider – is fast evolving into a multi-directional relationship.

The idea of unbidden guests feels particularly rich in the nonfiction world, in which some filmmakers embed themselves in strangers’ lives in order to reveal messy truths, while others dredge up truths from within.

Visually, we imagine explorations of evocative relationships ranging from the human microbiome to the extraterrestrial outer limits. We encourage artwork that plays in the no-man’s-land between borders (like the slash in T/F) – liminal spaces where our assumptions can be upended.

Posted April 23, 2018

WHERE TO WATCH: True/False 2018 Films

 

FILM DISTRIBUTION THEATRICAL RELEASE STREAMING TELEVISION BROADCAST
AMERICAN ANIMALS The Orchard & MoviePass June 1, 2018
GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI Kino Lorber April 13, 2018
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING CinemaGuild
LOVE MEANS ZERO Showtime Documentary Films
MAKALA Kino Lorber
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING HBO Films
THE RIDER Sony April 13, 2018
SHIRKERS Netflix Fall 2018
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS Neon June 29, 2018
VOICES OF THE SEA PBS & ITVS  Fall 2018 (POV)
WESTWOOD Greenwich June 15, 2018
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Focus Features June 8, 2018

 

* To view the trailer, click the theatrical release date.

Posted April 17, 2018

A note from T/F co-conspirator, David Wilson:

A quick note from David about some changes to the True/False programming team next year as he refocuses his role at True/False in pursuit of some creative endeavors:

 

For fifteen years I’ve served as the co-conspirator and part of the programming team at True/False. I can imagine few personal or professional experiences more rewarding. I cannot begin to describe all that I’ve learned from the True/False team, especially my co-founder Paul Sturtz.

Most of you know me as a film festival director and programmer. Many of you also know that I make movies. For the last ten years I’ve worked to keep myself active in both sides of my creative and professional life. But there’s no question that it has, at times, been a challenging juggling act. So, for 2019, I’m going to be restructuring my fest work with an eye towards freeing up some time for more active filmmaking.

This is a one year experiment. I’ll be reorganizing my festival load to better focus on new initiatives and longterm projects – the kind of stuff that’s been really difficult to work on in the midst of programming. The biggest change for me will be stepping away from programming. I’m quite sure that the feeling of not being in the trenches alongside my fellow programmers will be akin to some sort of phantom limb syndrome, but I’m even more sure that the fest is in the very best of hands. And I’ll be maintaining a creative presence across the fest, helping out as needed and continuing to serve as creative foil for Paul.

Finally, this step for me wouldn’t be possible, in many ways, without my partner in ALL things, the extraordinary Arin Liberman. I’m looking forward to supporting her in the coming year as she returns to full-time work at True/False.

Posted April 5, 2018

Sustainability Report 2018

True/False believes in our responsibility to future generations to do what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community. Our mid-Missouri home is a beautiful place, and we’re adopting practices that keep our shared space a sublime place to discover beauty and art.  We have a Green Team, supported by Hy-Vee and led by sustainability coordinator Patricia Hayles-Weisenfelder, that worked all weekend to help us be as eco-friendly as possible. The reports are in and we’re proud to say we exceeded last year’s diversion numbers.

  • We collected 2,580.91 lbs of food waste (that’s over 1.25 tons! It’s also 378.31 lbs MORE than last year, but it’s also 50.5 lbs LESS food wasted from events!)
  • We collected 1,777.99 lbs of recyclables (1040.95 lbs from events and 737.04 lbs reported from non-event volunteers!).
  • We diverted 87.94% of event waste from the landfill (that’s 2.5% MORE than last year!) Also note that 90% is considered “Zero-Waste”
    • 92.11% at Jubilee (84.2% last year)
    • 77.08% at Reality Bites (82.46% last year)
    • 91.35% at Fete (91.57& last year)
    • 91.22% at Closing Reception (83.58% last year) *thanks to Addison’s compostable serveware.
  • We reduced our overall (trash+recycle+food) event waste by 157.17 lbs.  (1845.9 in 2017 & 1688.73 in 2018).
  • We reduced our event landfill contribution (trash) by 78.52 lbs (291.3 in 2017 & 212.78 in 2018).

 

For more about this year’s sustainability efforts head here.

Posted March 8, 2018

TRUE/FALSE 2018 DAY 4

Sunday, the last day of True/False 2018. A bittersweet day in which we celebrate and say goodbye to another year of nonfiction nirvana. There are still plenty of parties, plenty of films, and plenty of beer & waffles to be consumed, so don’t fret! Here’s what’s on the slate for Sunday, March 4, 2018:

 

TICKET SALES AT BOX OFFICE

9:00AM – 5:00PM

Individual tickets go on sale at 9AM at our Sager Braudis Box Office and will be on sale until 30 minutes before the screening! Non-passholders may purchase tickets to available films ($12 general admission, $10 student discount. Must present a valid student ID at time of purchase). To view the open films, head to Sunday’s schedule. Sunday Spree folks, today’s your day! Grab those extra tickets as you please and clock in for a full day of films.

 

CHAUTAUQUA

 9:30am – 11:00am

Join our piquant Provocateurs at Rhynsburger Theatre, host Logan Hill, and some surprise guests for a variety show featuring provocations, music, and storytelling. Immediately following, the conversations continue in the Bingham Gallery (right across the hall) with a high tea.

Ticket required, Q’ing welcome.

 

ART RAMBLE

 

12:00PM and 2:30PM

Bon vivant and raconteur Gabriel Williams leads rollicking tours of downtown art and curiosities, including many of True/False’s art installations. Start your tour at the Sager Braudis Box Office and make your way through the festival footprint.

Free and open to the public

 

Art Ramble with Gabe Wallace

 

Closing Night Reception

6:00PM

A common meal for all who attend The Price of Everything at Missouri Theatre. Catered for the 15th year in a row by the stalwarts at Addison’s—the drinks flow courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, Rock Bridge breweries and St. James Winery. Ticket required; the film ticket includes the reception. PRESENTED BY ADDISON’S AMERICAN GRILL

 

 

TV Party

7:30PM

Exhausted from watching movies? Head to Willy Wilson at Ragtag for the perfect cure: once-a-year TV show that’s all about movies? Cheer on your friends and take a drink every time you see Viola or Meryl.

Free and open to the public, no ticket required.

 

Buskers Last Stand

 9:00PM

With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge), the festival ends as the last air escapes the bellows of the accordion, trumpet, and megaphone. Link arms with your festival friends and join True/False’s own second line in the lobby of Missouri Theatre as we throw an instant wake at the Missouri Theatre for T/F 2018 following the Q&A after The Price Of Everything.

No ticket required; open to all passholders.

 

Buskers Last Waltz

9:30PM

Swing your partner round and round in the atrium of Jesse Hall following the Closing Night screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers will promenade you down the line as beer—courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge—and music flow, keeping the spirit of dance & T/F alive before it slumbers for another year. Live music will be provided by buskers; dancing shoes encouraged!

No ticket required; open to all passholders.

Hitt Rexx Sessions

10:00PM

Nestled inside Ragtag’s homebase, Hitt Records will open its stage to showcase world-renowned harpist Mary Lattimore along with electro-acoustic folk collective Nevada Greene for a calm culmination to a frenetic weekend.

Free; donations appreciated!

 

Toasted

12:30 – 4AM

Come talk (free!) and eat waffles (not free!) at venerable breakfast joint Cafe Berlin, which for one night only will swing open its doors at 12:30am and stay cooking ’til the hungry hordes leave. Toasted’s sideshow is a free-wheeling talk show where Nicolas Rapold trades repartee with other critics for the Film Comment podcast. Slide your chair in to` find out the weekend’s standouts.

Free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Posted March 4, 2018

TRUE/FALSE 2018 Day 3

Saturday we hit our stride and get into the thick of the weekend. It’s a packed day and we challenge you to indulge as many events as possible while still making time for all those incredible films. Here’s what’s on the slate for Saturday, March 3, 2018:

 

TICKET SALES AT BOX OFFICE

9:00AM – 10:00PM

Individual tickets go on sale at 9AM at our Sager Braudis Box Office and will be on sale until 30 minutes before the screening! Non-passholders may purchase tickets to available films ($12 general admission, $10 student discount. Must present a valid student ID at time of purchase). To view the open films, head to Saturday’s schedule.

 

ART RAMBLE

 

12:00PM and 2:30PM

Bon vivant and raconteur Gabriel Williams leads rollicking tours of downtown art and curiosities, including many of True/False’s art installations. Start your tour at the Sager Braudis Box Office and make your way through the festival footprint.

Free and open to the public

 

 

FIELD SESSIONS

The festival panel is a tired tradition and T/F is doing its part to jettison them once and for all with our intimate Field Sessions. These close encounters between two (or three!) artists provide an unsurpassed intimacy that can’t be achieved in a multi-person panel. Each session is a deep dive into the ideas that shape nonfiction filmmaking in 2018.
All Field Sessions take place at the Little Chapel at the Picturehouse.

 

Rejoice – 1:00pm

With RaMell Ross and Leilah Weinraub

Over years of editing, both Leilah Weinraub (SHAKEDOWN) and RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning, This Evening) found themselves migrating away from conventional cinematic languages. In this conversation they discuss how they are seeking to reshape documentary grammar and expand the way films view black bodies.

 

Reflect – 3:00pm

With Kim Hopkins, Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside

Directors Kim Hopkins (Voices of the Sea), Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside (América) spent significant time with their subjects, close-knit families in Cuba and Mexico, respectively. Join these three as they consider the many things they have in common, from their Spanish-language immersions to their experiences at True/False and Catapult Film Fund’s Rough Cut Retreat.

 

 

Courtyard Concert

4:00 – 7:00PM

Outdoor yet totally toasty; enjoy the soaring harmonies of The Big Sky and Sterling/Pale along with the roaring guitars of local freak-folk rockers The Adaptation. Located in the Landmark Bank Courtyard.

Free & open to the public.

 

Sanctuary Showcase

7:00 – 8:00PM

Find sanctuary in the sounds of Moroccan master guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mahmoud Chouki and the Chicago experimental jazz duo Sun Speak. Located at the Calvary Episcopal Church.

Free & open to the public.

 

Berlin Saturday Night Showcase

Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM – 12:30AM

Tonina, pinkcaravan!, and the New Creations Brass Band join 18andCounting and TheOnlyEnsemble on a jam-packed bill of jazz and soul and hip-hop and everything in between.

Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, $5 general admission.

 

 

Rose Saturday Night After Party

9:30-11:00PM

Indie folk dynamo Esmé Patterson plugs in her electric guitar to rock Rose Music Hall with “non-genre” pop star Mobley and psychedelic folk enigma Skyway Man.

Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, $5 general admission.

 

 

 

GIMME TRUTH!

 

10:00PM – 12:00AM
America’s favorite documentary game show challenges the audience and a panel of esteemed contestants to determine truthiness. Local non-professional filmmakers attempt to fool seasoned directors by presenting their totally true or totally false two-minute docs. Hosted by Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who is a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” The 2018 contestants/judges are Sierra Pettengill (“Graven Image”), Sandi Tan (Shirkers), and Chase Whiteside (América).
 Ticket required, Q’ing encouraged (most people get in from the Q!).

photo by Morgan Lieberman

BABYLON BALL Z

11:59PM – 1:15AMComedian Brian Babylon records his first comedy album, and you are invited to be the studio audience! Directly after Gimme Truth!, settle in and prepare for a raucous good time.

 

Free to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders; $5 Gen Admission.

 

SATURDAY BUMPER

Our daily film bumpers feature a lavish diorama, set in motion to illustrate weather proverbs from many cultures. There’s a total of twenty eight proverbs featured over the four days. Identify five or more and send your guesses to proverbs@truefalse.org and you’ll be entered in a drawing to receive a True/False 2019 Lux Pass! Top three that guess the most correctly will get one of those swanky 2018 poster jigsaw puzzles that we’re all drooling over. Watch here.

 

Posted March 3, 2018

TRUE/FALSE 2018 Day 2

Friday we dive into a full day of films, events, and the much anticipated parade down Ninth Street! Come on down, come on over, the party is just getting started. Here’s what’s on the slate for Friday, March 2, 2018:

 

TICKET SALES AT BOX OFFICE

9:00AM – 10:00PM

Individual tickets go on sale at 9AM at our Sager Braudis Box Office and will be on sale until 30 minutes before the screening! Non-passholders may purchase tickets to available films ($12 general admission, $10 student discount. Must present a valid student ID at time of purchase). To view the open films, head to Friday’s schedule.

 

FIELD SESSIONS

The festival panel is a tired tradition and T/F is doing its part to jettison them once and for all with our intimate Field Sessions. These close encounters between two (or three!) artists provide an unsurpassed intimacy that can’t be achieved in a multi-person panel. Each session is a deep dive into the ideas that shape nonfiction filmmaking in 2018.
All Field Sessions take place at the Little Chapel at the Picturehouse.

 

Rebirth – 1:30pm

With Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai and Alissa Wilkinson

Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai embedded within a Bhutanese monastery run by the same family for 11 centuries in their tender first feature, The Next Guardian. Alissa Wilkinson is now a staff writer and film critic at Vox, after her previous post as a critic-at-large for Christianity Today. Together, they will examine the resonances of creating contemplative work at odds with fast-paced modern life.

 

Reconstruct – 3:30pm

With Fellipe Barbosa and Matt Holzman

Fellipe Barbosa (Gabriel and the Mountain) built his latest film around the remnants of his friend Gabriel Buchmann’s life, from his photographs to excerpts of his diary. Matt Holzman’s podcast, KCRW’s The Document, extracts new audio stories from the footage of documentary films. Fellipe and Matt share how they sift fresh work out of unfiltered raw material.

 

Q(UENCH) & A(NSWER): Coffee 70

Shorts Program: 2:00-3:10PM
Reception: 3:10 – 3:40PM

Q(UENCH) & A(NSWER): Lager 72

Shorts Program: 7:30 – 8:42PM
Reception
: 8:45 – 9:15PM

 

A convivial reception at Rhynsburger Theatre spotlighting each short film program with eponymous complimentary beverages. Attendees can ask questions one-on-one and indulge in the libations. A True/False programmer will be present at each Q(uench) & A(nswer) to introduce filmmakers and briefly facilitate discussion.

Open to ticketholders of the preceding screening as well as Super Circle and Silver Circle passholders. There are still tickets available to BOTH of these shorts programs. Tickets are available at the Box Office, free for passholders, $12 general admission. 

“Dessert-Disaster”

 

 

MARCH, MARCH

5:15 – 6:00PM

What better way to encourage the tremulous start of spring than to lead by example and march into March? To bring this month in like a lion, we invite one and all to join, dress in costume, ride your bike, whatever you’d like (just no advertising, politicking, or motorized vehicles). Free and open to the public. Led by our own King of Queens, Ron Ironic Ribiat. See more here.

 

EASTSIDE HAPPY HOUR SHOWCASE

6:00 – 8:00PM

At the Eastside Tavern, Max and the Martians, The Kay Brothers and The River Arkansas each bring their unique blend of Americana splendor to the perfect show to kick off the weekend proper.

Free & open to the public.

 

CAMPFIRE STORIES:

 

9:45 – 11:00PM

Gather round the hearth at Firestone Baars Chapel and come hear some stellar storytellers spin yarns in our cozy forest clearing. The evening’s spirit guide will be blues musician Samuel James on steel guitar, with six filmmakers/fabulists: Khalik Allah, Stephen Maing, Morgan Neville, Lorna Tucker, Stephanie Wang-Breal, and Leilah Weinraub. Homemade s’mores will be served courtesy of Uprise Bakery, The Candy Factory, and The Wine Cellar & Bistro.

Reserved ticket required; open to all passholders.

 

 

BERLIN FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE

Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM – 12:30AM

Hailing from Halifax, indie rockers Mauno bring their dreamy melodies to Cafe Berlin where they’ll be joined by the soothing harmonies of Ohmme and the weirdo rap stylings of Chicago multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya.

Free for Super/Silver, Busker Band, $4 Lux & Juggernaut passholders, $8 general admission.

 

 

DÂM-FUNK at the BLUE NOTE AFTERPARTY

11PM – 1AM

 

A good dance party is the best way we know how to end a day of films: Dâm-Funk enlivens the dance floor with his world-famous brand of funk and hip-hop.

Free for Super/Silver, Busker Band, $5 Lux, $10 general admission.

 

 

 

FRIDAY BUMPER

Our daily film bumpers feature a lavish setpiece, set in motion to illustrate weather proverbs from many cultures. There’s a total of twenty eight proverbs featured over the four days. Identify five or more and send your guesses to proverbs@truefalse.org and you’ll be entered in a drawing to receive a True/False 2019 Lux Pass! Top three that guess the most correctly will get one of those swanky 2018 poster jigsaw puzzles that we’re all drooling over. Watch here.

 

Posted March 2, 2018

The Great Wall 2018

The Great Wall is True/False’s outdoor video art installation, projected onto the north side of The Rise (located at the corner of 9th and Locust); featuring original work during all four nights of the festival from 8pm to 11pm.

 

Projection Artists Jordan Doig and Stephanie Gould’s disruptive shows the dissonance that is created when patterns are compromised. Visible throughout downtown Columbia, The Great Wall will be projected onto the north wall of one of downtown’s largest buildings. Each night of the fest, attendees and the public alike will be able to watch a sprawling mosaic of animated patterns establish and then corrupt themselves in a mesmerizing loop.

Press play and listen to the accompanying sound piece:

Posted March 1, 2018

TRUE/FALSE 2018 Day 1

Thursday, the first official day of the True/False. We spend the morning putting the finishing touches on theaters and venues, and then kick things off with our fancy Jubilee. While most will have a packed schedule of films, here are some other festivities to enjoy on Thursday, March 1, 2018:

 

TICKET SALES AT BOX OFFICE

9:00AM – 10:00PM

Individual tickets go on sale at 9AM at our Sager Braudis Box Office and will be on sale until 30 minutes before the screening! Non-passholders may purchase tickets to available films ($12 general admission, $10 student discount. Must present a valid student ID at time of purchase). To view the open films, head to Thursday’s schedule.

 

JUBILEE

 

5:00 – 6:45PM

A masquerade gala at the Missouri Theatre right before diving into the sweeping vistas of The Rider. Don your favorite Western wear, black tie, little black dress, or whatever makes you feel fashion-forward, and of course don’t forget your mask. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations from bleu Events and Fresh Ideas. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites prepared by the students of the Columbia Area Career Center.

Columbia Art League opens their gallery space, where you can see their latest exhibit: Indulge, which explores humanity’s relationship to food. Stop by the Pinckney Bend and Flor de Caña cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, rum or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.

No Ticket Required. Open to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders.

 

Photo by Jarred Gastreich.

 

 

Q(UENCH) & A(NSWER): RED WINE 73

7:45PM

 

A convivial reception spotlighting each short film program with eponymous complimentary beverages. Attendees can ask questions one-on-one and indulge in the libations. A True/False programmer will be present at each Q(uench) & A(nswer) to introduce filmmakers and briefly facilitate discussion.

Open to ticketholders of the preceding screening as well as Super Circle and Silver Circle passholders. There are still tickets available to this shorts program. Tickets are available at the Box Office, free for passholders, $12 general admission. 

 

 

BERLIN THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE

Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM – 12:30AM

Quebec’s Ada Lea and Thanya Iyer along with Austin’s Lomelda compose an indie-rock showcase stocked with transcendent singing and stellar songwriting.

Free for Super Circle, Silver Circle, Lux, and Busker Band; $5 general admission.

 

 

RE@CTION

 

Returning to Thursday night, this legendary party reimagines a downtown Columbia landmark. Artists transform the space into a whiskey-laced wonderland where you can dance the night away to the bass-heavy beats of Lavender Graves and suicideyear.

No ticket required; open to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders.

 

 

 

THURSDAY BUMPER

Our daily film bumpers feature a lavish setpiece, set in motion to illustrate weather proverbs from many cultures. There’s a total of twenty eight proverbs featured over the four days. Identify five or more and send your guesses to proverbs@truefalse.org and you’ll be entered in a drawing to receive a True/False 2019 Lux Pass! Top three that guess the most correctly will get one of those swanky 2018 poster jigsaw puzzles that we’re all drooling over. Watch here.

 

 

 

 

Posted

AT THE CENTER OF HOME/AWAY

True/False was borne out of a community, a group of dedicated folks who came together to produce a celebration showcasing the newest, boundary-pushing nonfiction cinema, while also emphasizing the spirit and hospitality of a small city in the middle of Missouri. Now that True/False is in its fifteenth year, its seen some amazing folks leave Columbia in pursuit of new adventures, shifting its role from home base to once-a-year adventure. Some return to celebrate with us, some return to showcase their talents, and some return to cure the nostalgia of a place and time. This year, a few dispersed former Columbians will record their journey to True/False and explore the (maybe nonexistent) difference between Home/Away.

This series is an exploration of the gray area that makes dichotomies fruitless, or at least shortsighted. The project, shot entirely on phones from four distinct perspectives, showcases the accessibility of filmmaking in the modern age. As digital technology evolves, and our global society grows smaller, yet seemingly more distant, defining where is home and away has never been more difficult. True/False Film Fest is at the center of that home/away to these individuals:
Tucker Morrison is a filmmaker and recent transplant to Los Angeles by way of Missouri. He spent seven years in Columbia making films with friends, volunteering for True/False and being a part of a community he still considers “home.”

Mollie & Zoe & Emily Hosmer-Dillard are three visual artists and sisters who grew up in Columbia, Missouri and have given a great deal of their time to True/False. The Hosmer-Dillards have created art pieces for the past FIVE years of the Fest. Now living in three different parts of the country (Oregon, New York, and Chicago), the Hosmer-Dillards return with their hand crafted hoard of paper cicadas that swarm the Picturehouse Lobby
Lavender Graves a musician from  Lavender Graves injects gritty hip hop with whirlwind breakbeats and thunderous basslines.
Posted February 28, 2018
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