Notable non-fiction films screening at Columbia’s downtown arthouse theater, Ragtag Cinema.
Ragtag Cinema is a project of Ragtag Film Society.




True/False alumnus Steve James (The Interrupters, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) returns to Columbia to present the first two episodes of his acclaimed new series America to Me.

America to Me examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education by spending an academic year at Chicagoland’s elite Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF), allowing its students, families, faculty and administration to tell stories of the pressures and challenges teens face today in their own words. 

This event is free and presented in collaboration with Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism.



A special screening with director Robert Greene.

Bisbee ’17  tells the story of the fateful events surrounding an infamous miners’ strike in a small southern Arizona town. Greene uses actors, monologues, dramatic re-creations and even songs, but these mechanics quickly fade as the storytelling takes hold. A century after this confrontation between owners and workers, Bisbee continues to grapple with competing histories and communities still struggling to find true healing. If it all seems like a microcosm of America in 2018, well, that’s no accident.

The film will return that Friday, October 19, for a limited theatrical engagement.



The Eyeslicer, a punk rock tv show that compiles many of the most extraordinary, boundary-pushing short films from American filmmakers, will appear at Ragtag to present their new Halloween special, which includes the True/False 2018 short “Pumpkin Movie,” directed by Sophy Romvari.

“Pumpkin Movie” features a Halloween Skype session between two friends as they share spooky stories of a particular bent. 



A special screening with director RaMell Ross.

This work of drifting portraiture loosely traces the lives of two young men in Hale County, Alabama, flowing in and out of their homes and basketball practices in a fearless reimagining of how stories are told about black lives in the American South. First-time director RaMell Ross carefully presents important moments from almost a decade of Quincy and Daniel’s lives. Everything is recorded with intimacy while preserving the universal mystery of another human being’s life. This poetic film asks us to be open-minded about what documentaries are “supposed” to be so we can also be open enough to immerse ourselves in the lives of others, allowing the subjects the same humanity that we, as viewers, afford ourselves

Presented by Ragtag and the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. The film also plays on October 31 and November 1.