True/False Film Fest Celebrates Culture and Film

Columbia’s much loved annual True/False Film Festival is coming back for its 12th edition.  Featuring more than 50 filmmakers from around the world, the festival is a celebration of nonfiction film-making.  It reaches across cultural barriers to promote dialogue and a deeper understanding of different cultures, perspectives, and the world at large.  There is an abundance of great films to be seen, along with some good old fashioned fun to be had!  Take the True/False opening “March, March” parade for example…

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march march 4The March, March Parade is the kick-off to the fest, where all things creative are celebrated! Attendees are encouraged to dress up in colorful costumes and move to the music along the parade route in downtown Columbia.

With over 43,500 tickets sold in 2013, the festival has sparked a renewed passion for the documentary film and features many films that were  premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, other film fests, and some are premiered  at True/False.  Despite its notoriety among film critic circles, the festival has remained true to the roots of Columbia, showcasing a distinct style by featuring a local flavor of music, food, and artists.

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  • A cupcake with an edible True/False logo.
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  • T/F volunteers finish decorations at the Picture House venue on March 1, 2012.
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And of course, what’s a festival without getting into the spirit and showing off our most creative costumes…

  • Farrah Littlepage, Q queen
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  • The festivities are a blast, but there are some pretty awesome venues that host everything from parties and films to discussions and Q&As with some of the filmmakers. The eight film venues around downtown and Mizzou campus become jam-packed with festival-goers participating in games and discussions.
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2012  was an extra special festival as it welcomed 2001 Mizzou graduate, Dan Lindsay, co-director of the Oscar-winning documentary and headlining True/False film “Undefeated”. The film chronicles the lives of an underdog high school football team in Tennessee and their perseverance to achieve a winning season after years of losing, aided  both athletically and academically by their coach.  The heart-stirring film premiered at South by Southwest in 2011 and rose to critical acclaim after its showing at the Toronto International Film Fest. After being picked up by the successful Weistein Company and Executive Producer Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the film went on to achieve a whirlwind of success. And for the 2012 festival, Lindsay came back to his alma mater for the showing of his award-winning film.

Producers Rich Middlemans and Sean Combs with directors TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay

Producers Rich Middlemans and Sean Combs with directors TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay after receiving their Oscar at the Academy of Awards

Dan Lindsay with his Oscar in Jesse Hall on Mizzou Campus for the showing his film, “Undefeated”

Dan Lindsay with his Oscar in Jesse Hall on Mizzou Campus for the showing his film, “Undefeated”. Photo by Rachel Coward

Once again, from March 5th-8th, downtown Columbia and the Mizzou community will opens its doors and celebrate the best in documentary film with people from all around the world. The films, parties, and discussions will provide countless memorable experiences, offering us a perspective or idea we may never have thought of before. To learn more about  True/False visit their website for the latest information, film descriptions, videos, and more!

Photo credits

True/False film fest photo archive

Rachel Coward, MIZZOU magazine, Summer 2012


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