In 2007, True/False created the True Life Fund, a philanthropic effort that raises money and awareness for the subjects of a new nonfiction film each year. The True Life Fund allows us, as viewers, to respond to the stories we see on-screen and create change by offering tangible assistance to the real-life subjects of a new nonfiction film. It acknowledges that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories given to us by people who are often of limited means. The fund serves as a small way for us to repay that gift. Spotlighting one movie each year, we support and honor those who share their stories in front of the camera. Collaborating with filmmakers, whose intimate knowledge of their “characters” enables us to pinpoint needs, we work hard to make sure that this money is given and received with as much thought as possible.
The next True Life Fund film will be announced in early 2022.
DONATE TO THE FUND
The True Life Fund will be open for donations following the film announcement in January through the early spring. The Fund itself is comprised of thousands of individual gifts from festival attendees, made either in person at the screenings, online, by texting “TLF” to 202.858.1233, or by mailing a check made out to Ragtag Film Society with TLF on the memo line to: 5 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201. Donations to the True Life Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The 2013 True Life Fund film tells the story of Tim Hetherington (Restrepo), a combat photographer extraordinaire, who bore witness to the personal stories too