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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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True/False Films are here!

February 13, 2013

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The time has finally come! The time to get out your calendar, your highlighters and your computer to plan your True/False adventure! Each person plans their True/False weekend in their own way, but here are some links that can help you out…

The entire list of True/False films for 2013

-The schedule of events for the weekend. Films, music showcases, parties, the March March and more!

-A fantastic compilation of trailers for films and musical previews.

Also important is the reservation timetable:
Super Circle Pass – February 10 starting at 6 pm (Get those reservations done!)
Silver Circle Pass- February 12 starting at 6 pm
Lux Pass – February 14 starting at 6 pm
Simple Pass – February 16 starting at 6 pm

-Feel like a jaunt around town Saturday morning of the festival? Register for the True Life Run!

Now you’re ready to sit down and plan for your True/False 2013. Don’t forget to take some time to stroll through the festival footprint to people watch, have a snack at a local restaurant and meet up with friends for a drink and to discuss your last film. One of the best parts of True/False is truly immersing yourself in the experience…we’ll see you there!

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Why True/False is Different

February 7, 2013

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Before we get into the main part of today’s post…the True/False film list is here! The programming team at the festival has assembled an amazing list of films and the full schedule will come out tomorrow evening. Start planning now before ticket reservations start next week! And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post.

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When you attend True/False, it would be easy to only attend films. Film after glorious film for days. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But, what’s so fantastic about the festival is that you can enjoy a multitude of other activities before, during and after there are films showing! Don’t miss out on enjoying the full spectrum of the festival.

Gimme Truth!

On Saturday night of the festival, see America’s favorite documentary game show, as you decide whether films are true or false. Irreverent host Johnny St. John keeps judges and competitors in line.

The True Life Run

A bright-and-early tradition at T/F, the True Life Run invites all runners and walkers to start Saturday, March 2 with a mad dash through the streets of downtown Columbia. The 5k run/walk will start at 9:00 am (new, later time!) in Flat Branch Park and take in the landmarks of our fair city, offering a handful of eclectic adventures along the way. In addition to some interesting prizes from local businesses, we’ll also be offering one Lux pass to next year’s True/False (2014) to the male and female winners. Our game masters are still ironing out the details, but winners will be determined by a combination of course time, craziness and successful participation in hair-brained challenges along the way.

The March March

Shouldn’t every festival be kicked off with a parade where anyone can join and be as crazy and colorful as they like? We think so…

Plan to join the March March now. Or just hop on in as it passes you by.

Music

True/False calls their buskers ‘the festival’s secret weapon.’ Dozens of musical acts grace the stages and streets of Columbia each year during the festival. They play on corners, before every film showing and in special showcases in intimate venues to showcase the greatness of these artists. From Columbia to Paris (yes the one in France), musical artists at True/False are an international affair.

We could go on and on about what makes True/False stand out, but the festival is really what you make it. So get out there, explore the festival and enjoy yourself!

What’s your favorite non-film T/F event?

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True/False is Coming

January 3, 2013

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True/False is coming…

I am in awe of what you have built in Columbia. I have been to many festivals around the world, but I have never witnessed the unique combination of community spirit, excited audiences, daring programming and all-around fantastic atmosphere that you have fostered around T/F.

Simon Kilmurry, executive director, American Documentary/POV

The festival will celebrate its 10th year in 2013…

We figured out that you are secretly brainwashing us, in preparation for your tenth anniversary whereupon you will send out the balloon signal and wherever your past attendees are, the chip will kick in and we will do whatever you have programmed us to.

Natalie Difford, Chicken & Egg

Are you ready?

How often does anything truly live up to expectations? How common is it for our false hopes to be dashed by too much hype? What a wonder to experience a weekend that went so far beyond our imaginings. We were beyond dazzled by the expert organization, warm reception and friendly audiences. True/False reminded me what our film community actually feels like and why I love it so much.

Heidi Ewing, director, Detropia

Mark your calendars for Feb. 28-March 3rd…

For any documentarian, True/False is nirvana. You walk down the street of Columbia Missouri — and you are stopped by students and secretaries, college professors and construction workers, and they all want to talk to you about your film, the intricacies of its subject and the aesthetic choices made! This is the way it’s supposed to be and never is: the town lives and breathes docs. When I went to True/False, I remembered what I sometimes forget: the unalloyed joy of making and watching docs.

Alex Gibney, director, Taxi to the Dark Side

And buy your passes today.

I could not have asked for a more intimate, smart, meaningful experience.

Nadav Kurtz, director, Paradiso

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