Gateway Packet Films 2018

Grabbing a Gateway Packet and want to do some planning? Here are the films that will be available to Gateway Packet purchasers, in handy grid format and a list of film descriptions.*

Just a reminder, the Gateway Packet gives you the unique ability to reserve any combination of three tickets (multiple tickets for one film, or single tickets for different films) online before the festival begins. Gateway sales will begin at 10am on February 20 and end at 6pm on February 23. Just a reminder that you select your films at the time of purchase, so have those wish lists ready!

*Note, these are the films that are available at the beginning of Gateway reservations! Some films may go NRT as reservations continue.



Posted February 19, 2018

2018 Schedule Grid with Reservation Blocks

Next level scheduling: we made a planning friendly grid so you can see the films you have to choose from in each time block! All that’s left is the choosing. Happy reservations, Lux-ers!

Click here for a print-friendly PDF



Posted February 16, 2018

2018 Films Announced


True/False Film Fest is proud to announce its 2018 slate of 40 new feature films that expand the boundaries of nonfiction and invite audiences to be challenged, inspired, and entertained.

These films were selected from roughly 1,300 submissions plus hundreds more scouted at festivals around the world. The festival seeks to highlight work that exhibits the highest levels of craft, tells untold stories and creatively advances the documentary form.


A half-dozen films will mark their festival debut at True/False. América, from filmmaking team Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll, tenderly portrays a playful trio of brothers who step up to take care of their grandmother in Colima, Mexico. In Black Mother, Khalik Allah takes audiences on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Miles Lagoze’s Combat Obscura is the ultimate insider’s view of Marines in Afghanistan. Lovers of the Night, from Anna Frances Ewert, introduces Irish monks, holding on faithfully to their fragile monastery, as they confide their most profound secrets. Kim Hopkins’ Voices of the Sea takes viewers to a Cuban seaside where a couple must wrestle with whether to stay or go. The Task is Leigh Ledare’s provocation in which a confounding group of strangers cross-examine their tangled group dynamic.



Twelve other films are launching their stateside tours at True/False. Leilah Weinraub’s Shakedown is already being described as a “lo-fi Magic Mike XXL,” a raucous celebration of a black lesbian strip club. Flight of a Bullet is a revelatory, singular take on the war movie embedded within a controversial pro-Ukrainian group. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami features the iconic singer as she magically dances between down-to-earth moments with her Jamaican family and pure transcendence on stage. Makala is an epic journey film set in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Four countries are represented for the first time within the True/False selection. From Uruguay, directors Adriana Loeff and Claudia Abend observe a prickly marriage in La Flor de la Vida. Both The Family, Rok Bi?ek’s intimate decade-long study of a young father, and Playing Men, Matjaž Ivanišin’s lush survey of regional games and sports, hail from Slovenia. Dieudo Hamadi’s Kinshasa Makambo follows the efforts of a group of young activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Next Guardian, co-directed by Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai, delivers a charming story of two siblings in Bhutan.



2018 continues with the fest’s most internationally diverse lineup ever. This includes a far-ranging group of films from Argentina (Primas), Chile (Adriana’s Pact), Brazil (Gabriel and the Mountain), Mexico (Artemio), Romania (António e Catarina), France (Makala), Germany (Lovers of the Night), the UK (American Animals, Voices of the Sea, Three Identical Strangers, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, and Westwood), Syria (Of Fathers and Sons), China (Taming the Horse and Self-Portrait: Birth in 47KM), and Russia (Flight of a Bullet).


As in past editions, this year’s True/False lineup features a selection of fiction films in conversation with their nonfiction brethren. American Animals is a white-knuckled heist film from director Bart Layton (The Imposter). In The Rider, a breathtaking new film from Chloé Zhao, a young cowboy’s family and friends portray versions of themselves as Zhao traces a script around the experiences of her non-professional actors. Gabriel and the Mountain, from Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa, retraces his adventurous friend’s last days in East Africa with the help of the real people who met him.


And last, but certainly not least, the latest edition of the festival features films from two frequent visitors – Robert Greene returns for a record fifth time with Bisbee ‘17, a wildly creative look at labor history in Arizona. And Morgan Neville (Oscar-winner with 20 Feet From Stardom) presents his fourth T/F feature, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (presented by Veterans United), a cultural history of Fred Rogers. And True/False will feature first-time feature director Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers as the post-parade Reality Bites screening.


Additional announcements to come include the release of our shorts slate tomorrow, Thursday, February 8; and the full schedule on Saturday, February 10.





Posted February 7, 2018



We’re delighted to announce filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi as the recipient of our 2018 True Vision Award in honor of his advancement of nonfiction filmmaking.

True Vision is the only award given out at the fest. Hamadi is the 15th recipient of this honor. Last year, the award was given to French director Claire Simon. Other winners of the True Vision Award include Laura Poitras (2010), Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel (2013), and Adam Curtis (2015).



In his young yet brilliantly fruitful career, Hamadi has intimately documented the social realities of his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his work, he vividly explores the ways humans respond to systems that are rigged against them, particularly when they decide to face them together. His camera is perpetually attentive to group dynamics and to the extraordinary energy of communal spaces.

True/False will spotlight Hamadi’s newest film, Kinshasa Makambo, premiering this month at the Berlinale, as well as National Diploma (2014) in which determined students band together to pass a high-stakes graduate exam. Kinshasa Makambo is a tense, perceptive documentary that unfolds in the DRC, where courageous young revolutionaries rally to rescue their country from the autocratic grip of President Kabila.


Kinshasa Makambo


Originally a student of medicine, Hamadi made his film debut in 2010 with “Ladies in Waiting,” (co-directed with Divita Wa Lusala). An unsettling portrait of a maternity ward, “Ladies in Waiting” opened the celebrated anthology film Congo In Four Acts. Hamadi then directed several features, including 2013’s Atalaku and 2016’s Mama Colonel, which screened at the Berlinale Forum, where it won the Independent Jury Prize, and Cinéma du Réel, where it won the Grand Prix.

Because of political turmoil in the DRC, the festival will conduct skype Q&As with Hamadi, while Kinshasa Makambo’s producer Quentin Laurent will attend.


The award is presented with support from Restoration Eyecare. The award is designed and cast in bronze by local Mid-Missouri artist Larry Young.

Posted February 6, 2018


Music touches every part of the festival: Buskers play sets before film showings, headline evening showcases, DJ late-night dance parties, ignite the annual parade, and pop-up on street corners and balconies for impromptu shows. This stylistically diverse cohort of musicians ranges from deep-South authentic blues to indie folk to progressive funk.  Preview their music here or on our program page:



At its core, this year’s lineup boasts strong singer-songwriters whose music breathes new life into old forms.  Formerly of Paper Bird, Esmé Patterson headlines the Saturday Night Afterparty at Rose Music Hall with her heartfelt folk-pop. Opening is the captivating Mobley, who returns to True/False with his “post-genre pop.”



Ada Lea from Montreal, plays lo-fi, garage rock that’s a manic murmur meant to stir the soul. Lomelda, an indie creative force with pure vocals, arresting melodies, and longing lyrics, joins Ada Lea on the Thursday of the Fest to close out Cafe Berlin.

Mauno is a four-piece baroque pop band from Halifax whose powerful rhythms are cradled by dreamy harmonies.  Powerhouse duo, Ohmme shares the bill with them Friday night at Cafe Berlin, along with the enigmatic Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, an up-and-coming Chicago DIY scene multi-instrumentalist weirdo rapper.



Pinkcaravan!’s rap features a bubbly beat and lyrics that read like a dark children’s book. Her album a very sad happy birthday is a coming-of-age that unravels with vivid phrases and a wide-eyed sound. St. Louis native 18andCounting, who collages deep, resonant rhymes, rounds out the Saturday Night Showcase at Cafe Berlin.

This edition of the fest reinvents the Friday Night After Party at The Blue Note as Dâm-Funk, the “Funkosphere” proselytizer who has infused blues & soul into the Los Angeles dance scene, instigates a blur of bodies and beats.



If you want easy access to all of the music True/False has in store, Busker Bands are on sale nowBusker Bands are great by themselves or with a Simple Pass or Sunday Spree.

For information on all of the artists appearing at the fest, head to the program page. Stay tuned for the finalized lineup of concerts and showcases.

Posted January 31, 2018


True/False brings a multitude of talented visual artists from near and far to reinvent venues and transform the City for the four days during True/False. What began as a visual backdrop for the festival fourteen years ago is now an integral part of the weekend. Each art installation responds to the festival’s visual theme, an annual process that results in a city-wide exhibition of visual art in conversation. For 2018, the visual theme is WHETHER | WEATHER. Weather and whether are two of the more evocative words in the English language and both words converse with today’s political and meteorological climate. The future is unclear, but these visual artists conjure thoughtful observations and insightful commentary from this prompt.


Art installations permeate every corner of the festival, including theaters, concert venues, and alleyways. This year, three pieces will also be featured in the 9th Street closure between Locust and Elm: Pneuhaus, a Rhode-island based design collective specializing in spatial design, temporary structures, and contemporary art, will exhibit Atmosphere, a new immersive inflatable structure that interplays light, space and vapor, the most basic components of weather. Daniel Heggarty, Joseph Fischer, and Mark Steck bring Gyro-Kinetic Home, a tiny house suspended and capable of rotating in essentially any direction, reflecting on the tumultuous impact that inclement weather can have on our homes. In Radar Walk, Carrie Elliott turns weather patterns often seen, felt and witnessed for tenants of the Midwest into physical radar maps that might remind folks of past weather events, or harken to possible future events



Projection artists Jordan Doig and Stephanie Gould are featured in this year’s Great Wall, True/False’s nightly outdoor video art installation at Ninth and Locust; their piece, disruptive, shows the dissonance that is created when patterns are compromised. At the infamous (and newly named) Re@ction party, video work leaps off the screen and onto the walls with Sasha Goodnow, Becca Sullinger, and Anna Neal’s video and installation Year of the Crone, a rallying cry to help our earth and each other.



True/False will also feature Screen by Alia Ali; hung from the high-ceilings of Jesse Hall, Ali has created a series of screens representing the C, M and Y color model. Through screen and projection, Ali’s work comments on the perception of reality via information viewed through the screens of devices. The lobby of the Picturehouse will be adorned with a veritable swarm of Cicadas hand-crafted by sisters Mollie, Zoe, and Emily Hosmer-Dillard along with some talented Missouri elementary school students. In the Missouri Theatre lobby, Propagation, Paul Kirby and Steven Krejciks’ towering installation, consists of a robotic tree constructed with detritus and other reclaimed materials that will respond to the viewers’ investigation.



For a complete list of the 2018 art installations, head here. Attendees can also participate in a walking tour of art installations with the ineffable Gabriel Williams. Art Walks take place the Saturday & Sunday of the Fest, stay tuned for the schedule.

Posted January 24, 2018

You get to see a whole new side to the event.


The True/False volunteer army is a mighty force of chaotic good. Every year, we’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of community devotion and we want to give a hearty thanks to this tireless crew. This year, we’re highlighting volunteers from each department so they can tell us a little about themselves and why they started volunteering for T/F. Want to get involved? Head to volunteer.truefalse.org to apply for True/False 2018.




Meet Lincoln Sheets. He is a physician and informatics researcher who studies the social determinants of health at Mizzou Med School. He lives and serves full-time at St. Francis House, a Catholic Worker community that provides shelter and hospitality to the homeless residents of Columbia, and his free-time interests include dance, triathlon, mountaineering, European languages, martial arts, and TRUE/FALSE!

“Lincoln is an fantastic volunteer.  The enthusiasm, willingness, and joy he brings to True/False – and to working with students – is the kind of glue that holds this festival together and helps it happen every year.  We’re so lucky to have him on our team!” – Allison Coffelt, T/F Director of Education


We asked Lincoln to tell us a little about his volunteer experience, his favorite parts about volunteering, and any advice he would give to first-time volunteers:

I’ve volunteered for the Outreach & Education team for the past two years. In prior years I’ve volunteered as a ticket taker, and also been a paying passholder. I was recruited to the Outreach and Education team by my friend Allison Coffelt, who is the director of that department for True/False.

Eddie Martinez, documentary filmmaker and college instructor, leads a group of high school students in a story writing workshop as part of the DIY Day Workshop. (Photo by Frank Finley)


My favorite part of working for that team is working with the high-school kids during the DIY Day program. I get to help the filmmakers and other creative types introduce 20 or 30 high schoolers to the various arts of filmmaking, storytelling, interviewing, and all kinds of cool skills.

If you’ve never volunteered for True/False, and especially if you already love the Fest as much as I have for so many years, you should try being a volunteer one year. You get to see a whole new side of the event, of the international community that makes up the Fest every year, and the great local folks who make it possible.


DIY Day participants make their way down 9th Street during the March March! (Photo by Adam Vogler)


Posted December 22, 2017

True/False brings the city to life in a way nothing else does.


The True/False volunteer army is a mighty force of chaotic good. Every year, we’re overwhelmed by the outpouring of community devotion and we want to give a hearty thanks to this tireless crew. This year, we’re highlighting volunteers from each department so they can tell us a little about themselves and why they started volunteering for T/F. Want to get involved? Head to volunteer.truefalse.org to apply for True/False 2018.



Meet Lauren Miers. She’s a local communications strategist, freelance writer and doughnut connoisseur. She moved to Columbia in 2012 and hasn’t missed a year of T/F since. We’re lucky to have her.

“Lauren is one of our rocks.  She always shows up and knows how to do everything. And is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.” – Christina Kelley, T/F Merch Director



TF: What department do you volunteer for?

LM: One year I did Theater Operations, but for the past two years, I’ve worked with the Merch team.


TF: How many years have you volunteered for True/False?

LM: 3 years!


TF: How did you get involved in volunteering?

LM: I got involved with volunteering by being involved and in-touch with what’s happening in Columbia. As a journalism student working for the student magazine, I was constantly in tune with what was going on in town. When I heard about T/F, I thought volunteering would be a good way to experience the fest. In fact, volunteering for T/F helped me get connected to volunteering at Roots N Blues and Boone Dawdle!



TF: What’s your favorite part about volunteering for T/F?

The best part of volunteering for T/F is all the way I get to experience a transformed Columbia. T/F brings the city to life in a way nothing else does. Everyone is buzzing about films and events; Everyone has something in common for the weekend. It breaks down barriers, so I get to interact with lots of awesome people! Then I get to see some of those people around town during the year. It helps me feel like I’m really a part of the Columbia community!


TF: Tell us one prominent memory or great story that happened while volunteering?

LM: It’s always cool when a director comes up to buy merch!



TF: What would you tell people who never been to or volunteered for True/False?

LM: Volunteering is an awesome way to get connected with Columbia, see one of the nation’s best film fests and see a ton of great films!


TF: What’s been the most rewarding part of your experience volunteering?

LM: Broadly speaking, exposure to culture that isn’t my own – through films, meeting new people, etc.

Posted November 8, 2017

Introducing the Sunday Spree!

Some of you might have noticed we’ll be introducing a budget-minded way to fest in 2018. The Sunday Spree pass is for those seeking a variety pack of films, without committing to an all-weekend pass. It allows purchasers to reserve ONE ticket to any Sunday screening with tickets remaining, and the ability to get into other films for free that day via the Q. If you plan your day right, you can probably see five films, all for $35. Dreamy, no?

(Hey, and pair it with a Busker Band and you’ve got access to all of the Fest music, one film ticket, and all-day Q’ing for $70. That’s five films and all the music you can hear for under $100.)



Sunday Spree goes on sale February 1st, 2018. Purchasers can reserve their ticket from February 21 at 10AM to February 23 at 6PM and can pick up their wristband during Fest Box Office hours.


Not sure if this pass is right fit for you? Use our pass flow chart to figure out which pass is your glass slipper:



Posted October 22, 2017

So you want to True/False…



Head here for more details on your perfect pass level.

Posted October 16, 2017
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