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A fond farewell to True/False 2013

March 5, 2013

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It was with a mixture of joy and sadness that Columbia bid farewell as the curtains closed on True/False 2013. In its tenth year, the festival was as incredible as ever. Thousands descended on downtown Columbia to enjoy films, music, parties, coffee, conversation, parades, panels and the unparalleled atmosphere generated by the event.

Not only were citizens of Columbia able to enjoy the festival, but visitors and filmmakers from around the world were able to feel the True/False magic. With a 12% increase in ticket sales over last year, it seems the festival won’t be slowing down any time soon.

Already, press coverage is rolling in and raves about Columbia, the festival and the film lineup are plentiful. Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve seen…

Why True/False 2013 Rocked (And Why True/False Always Rocks)

#AFridayIn True/False Film Fest, Columbia, Mo.

TRUE, FALSE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

The True/False crew is taking a couple of days off to rest, but they’re sure to be kicking off plans to True/False 2014 soon. We can already promise it’s a weekend you won’t want to miss.

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True/False: How to Festival

February 20, 2013

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We’re only days away from one of the most special weekends of the year in Columbia. The True/False Film Festival brings together Columbia residents and visitors from around the world to immerse themselves in a weekend of films that will make you think, laugh, cry and wonder.

This collection of people and events is what makes True/False so incredible. Here’s a list straight from the organizers with some logistical information on ‘How to True/False’ and we have a few more tips to make your weekend the best of your year.

-Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the March March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join! Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, spin fire, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.

-Speak up at a screening. One of the hallmarks of the festival is that each film is accompanied by someone who was involved in its creation. Have a question? Want clarification? Want to know what happened next? Raise your hand and ask the director who was involved in the film from start to screen.

-Don’t be afraid to change it up. If you hear amazing buzz about a certain film you don’t have a ticket for, hit up the Q line! Venue kings and queens start handing out Q numbers an hour before each screening and then start letting in Q-liners about 10 minutes before the show. Jesse Hall and Missouri Theater are the best places to Q because they’re the largest venues.

-Take your time. True/False sometimes seems to fly by in a blur. Take a bit during your weekend to sit in a coffee shop or a restaurant and just soak up the experience. Write about the films you’ve seen already, sip on a glass of wine, chat up a filmmaker you see, compare notes with your fellow festival goers. The festival experience is over all too fast, and these little moments make great memories.

Now that you’ve heard our little tips, what do you recommend for enjoying the festival weekend to its fullest?

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Uniquely Columbia: Ragtag Cinema and Uprise Bakery

May 31, 2012

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When visiting Columbia, could we interest you in…

-An independent film enjoyed on a comfy couch?

-A cold microbrew?

-A delicious Reuben sandwich made with fresh-baked bread, house-made sauerkraut, house-made dressing and corned beef, and melted cheese?

-A place to relax, drink some coffee and check your email?

-Beautiful local art displayed for patrons to enjoy?

What if we told you that all of the above is an option? It’s true! Here in Columbia all you need to do is make your way to…

Ragtag Cinema and Uprise Bakery

Ta-da!

This local treasure in downtown Columbia is a favorite hangout for everyone from college students cramming for a final to retirees enjoying a documentary. With three businesses (Ragtag Cinema, Uprise Bakery and 9th Street Video) all housed in one complex, this place is always bustling!

With a diverse schedule of independent films, documentaries and series of shorts, Ragtag Cinema has established itself as Columbia’s arthouse theater. Two theater spaces allow Ragtag to show Oscar nominated shorts in one room and a football documentary in the other. Ragtag also hosts a variety of other events each year including concerts, trivia nights and, most notably, serves as the home base for the True/False Film Festival. Check out the calendar to find out what’s playing this weekend.

As if an amazing, one-of-a-kind theater wasn’t enough, Uprise Bakery is ready for you to eat (and drink!) through your film. Everything at Uprise is made from scratch with the best (often local) ingredients. Start your day at Uprise with coffee and a delicious homemade pastry, then come back for a sandwich and a beer during your movie. And yes, you can take that beer and sandwich into the theater with you!

So put it on your to-do list when you come to Columbia, to at least make a stop by Ragtag and Uprise. We’re confident this Uniquely Columbia spot will fast become one of your favorites too.

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