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.
2023 True Life Fund
The TLF film is Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler’s Bad Press.
Although it is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution, freedom of the press is not always guaranteed for indigenous journalists based in the sovereign nations across the US. When the Free Press Bill of 2015 was repealed in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in an effort to regulate the news and reporting, Mvskoke Media lost their independent editorial board and suddenly editorial decisions were overseen by the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce. Directors Rebecca Landsberry-Baker and Joe Peeler, follow fearless Mvskoke Media journalist Angel Ellis, who seeks to expose the news censorship and advocate for free press protections. A dedicated journalist willing to fight for what’s right, Ellis hones in on investigating instances of fraud and corruption by Tribal leadership as the Muscogee Nation’s important Chief primary elections are approaching and the newspaper continues to face censorship.
The True Life Fund itself comprises thousands of individual gifts from festival attendees, which can be made in person at the screenings or by texting TLF to 53555 through April 30, 2023. Funds raised will go to film subject Angel Ellis, who will be in attendance at the Fest.
THE TRUE LIFE FUND IS SPONSORED BY PAYTIENT TECHNOLOGIES
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In addition to text-to-give and in person at the screenings, donations can be made online below, or by mailing a check made out to Ragtag Film Society with TLF on the memo line to: 5 S. Ninth 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