TRUE/FALSE 2018 – Day 3

Posted March 3, 2018

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:



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.




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




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


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.






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


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.



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 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.