By taking a look at the crowd, you could be anywhere in the world. The faces come from all different places, but all are brought together by a passion for film and culture. At first, it could be hard to imagine that you’re actually in a small Midwest town, right in America’s heartland. But that’s what is so great about the True False Film Festival; it adds to the life and culture of our vibrant and colorful community. It’s an excitement that is hard to escape. Located in downtown Columbia, Mizzou and the downtown community take the festival straight to the streets with live music, dancing, film screenings, parades, and much, much more:
Though the film festival only comes around once a year, Mizzou has a commitment to sustaining the culture and diversity the festival brings to us each year. The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism offers Mizzou students, interested in documentary film-making, the opportunity to research and practice documentary film-making in a program that not only boasts innovative faculty, but also is one of the largest programs of its kind. The program was made possible thanks to a gift from Mizzou Alumnus and inventor of modern reality TV (“The Real World”, “Road Rules”) Jonathan Murray (Bachelor of Journalism ’77).
There is a growing demand for video content that is accessible across media platforms and for professionals that can skillfully create videos to meet the demand. Murray’s gift will ensure that students learn from the best in the documentary film-making field and walk away with tangible projects to show future employers. “The establishment of this new documentary journalism program is my way of helping to ensure that we’ve prepared the media and entertainment industry’s future documentary film makers to do great work, a goal that I share with MU,” Murray said.
To Mizzou Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, it’s programs like this that give Columbia and Mizzou a unique advantage, “[The program] also complements community efforts such as the True False Film Festival, making Columbia, MO, a true force in documentary storytelling.”
The commitment to film-making, celebration of culture, and vision for the future of documentary storytelling is a commitment the Columbia and Mizzou communities proudly share together. As a Mizzou student studying film, you are right in the heart of the film-making process, continually learning and drawing inspiration from the richness around you, surrounded by those who are passionate about film, just like you.
Phtos and Video via: True False Film Festival
Source: Missouri School of Journalism, News Release, “$6.7 Million Gift Funds New Documentary Journalism Program at MU”