TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST 2018
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“HOW ’BOUT THAT WEATHER?!” That most prosaic of conversation starters has, of late, become more exciting/troubling, thus inspiring this year’s theme Whether|Weather. “Weather” is both ubiquitous and forever unknowable, taunting us with looming storms that will either strike or diverge. Computer-modeling forecasts may have become more refined a few decades back, but as any cynical weather-watcher can vouch, binary circuitry is outmatched by our planet’s infinite vagaries. “Whether” has to do with contingency, the way we unreliably predict our slippery future. It also summons infinite possibilities, an idea that resonates for True/False as we enthusiastically draw a big circle around two polar opposites. Many of us crave a discourse that dodges the duality of this fake choice, one that grapples with in-between-ness. And while we wait and work for a more nuanced, more hopeful future, we are glad to be sharing this present moment with the filmmakers, musicians, artists, and provocateurs joining us from around the world. Our True Vision Award honoree, Dieudo Hamadi, hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo — a country undergoing severe political turmoil. His latest film, Kinshasa Makambo, tracks activists desperately strategizing to achieve regime change. This may seem as impossible as changing the weather, but it’s through dogged, everyday efforts like theirs that immovable objects start to shift. Our True Life Fund recipients, Rocío and Aldana, look to the micro rather than the macro, but their struggles are just as daunting. Unwilling to be mere passive observers of their own lives, they reject the winds of circumstance, seizing their destinies through innovative art therapy. The urge to build, and willingness to rebuild, in the face of terrifying weather may not be uniquely Midwestern, but we’d be lost without the steadfast and level-headed support of staff, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and a town that has come to love nonfiction filmmaking. We all need a weekend of rejuvenation and hope, so let’s create it together. As they say, there’s strength in our union, no matter what lies ahead: “Whether the weather be cold / Or whether the weather be hot, / We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, / whether we like it or not!” Welcome. Really, Paul Sturtz and David Wilson 1
IT’S WHEN WE SAID YES, HE’D HAVE SOMETHING EVEN BETTER THAN A LEADING CANCER DOCTOR. AN ENTIRE TEAM OF THEM. In a moment, YES changes everything. Like when a patient learns he’s in the hands of not just any team of doctors, but a team that specializes in the most important cancer of all – his. That’s the difference of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. A difference made by our multidisciplinary team that is developing new breakthrough treatments, conducting trials to provide the latest therapies and researching to make tomorrow’s knowledge available today. YES, that’s what we call strength in numbers.
CONTENTS 5 FILMS
TRUE LIFE FUND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 TRUE VISION AWARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 FEATURE FILMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 IN MEMORIUM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 SHORTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 NEITHER/NOR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
MUSICIANS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 CONCERTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 CONCERT VENUES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
85 ART & DESIGN
WHETHER | WEATHER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 BUMPERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 INSTALLATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
SCHEDULE GRID INSERT 105 SYNAPSES
FIELD SESSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 PROVOCATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 CHAUTAUQUA & PODCAST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 TRANSMEDIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
SWAMI PROGRAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 ROUGH CUT RETREAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
EVENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 EVENT VENUES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
T/F CORE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 CONTRIBUTORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 SPONSORS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 SUPPORT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
163 HOW TO FEST
BOX OFFICE FAQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NAVIGATING T/F. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ACCESSIBILITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VENUE HISTORY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SUSTAINABILITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RESTAURANT GUIDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MAP KEY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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FILMS NOW IS A VITAL TIME for nonfiction filmmaking as an artistic form. Our mission is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of creative nonfiction. True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land â€” bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the marketplace. Contained inside these films are the ingredients for a revolutionary new alloy, the future of an urgent art. SWAMI selection (see page 119)
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TRUE LIFE FUND 2018 SELECTION: PRIMAS PRIMAS IS AN EVOCATIVE PORTRAIT of two Argentinian cousins, Rocío and Aldana, who free themselves from the shadows of violent pasts. The teenagers travel to Montreal with the guidance of their aunt and the film’s director, Laura Bari. While there, they participate in transformative creative arts therapy. With dance, mime, theatre, circus and visual arts, they reveal their imagination and unshakable resilience. Bari’s sensitive, collaborative approach to filmmaking shines as the three women embark on a creative journey together. Through spellbinding confessions and courage, the film reveals the multifaceted humanity of its subjects. In 2007, True/False created the True Life Fund, a philanthropic effort that raises money and awareness for the subjects of a new nonfiction film each year. The True Life Fund offers tangible assistance to real-life subjects of a film and acknowledges that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories given to us by people who are often of limited means. The True Life Fund completes the feedback loop between subject and audience, offering an immediate, direct answer to the question, ‘What can I do?’ True/False 2018 marks the 11th year of The Crossing’s sponsorship of the True Life Fund. The True Life Fund itself is comprised of thousands of individual gifts from festival attendees and is supported by a generous grant from the Bertha Foundation. In 2018, True/False aims to raise more than $20,000 for Rocío and Aldana to support their future artistic and collegiate endeavors. To give, visit www.truelifefund.org, text any amount to (573) 818-2151 or donate at screenings of Primas.
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 11AM / MISSOURI THEATRE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 12:30PM / JESSE AUDITORIUM C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 3:15PM / MISSOURI THEATRE
Dir. Laura Bari; 2017; 100 min. Q&A with director Laura Bari With help from their aunt, two cousins embark upon a program of theater and dance to process a complex outpouring of emotions, some typical to teenagers, others arising from extraordinarily traumatic experiences. RocĂo and Aldanaâ€™s open, indomitable spirit animates this film by Laura Bari (Antoine, T/F 2010); the two demonstrate their unusual knack for sharing stories in a grounded, approachable way. Primas explores the genealogy of wrath, the stubborn half-lives of harrowing events, and the challenges of forward progression. The result is a humanistic, soulful gem in which even the deepest sadness and sexual violence can be addressed through familial love, creativity, and, most of all, courage. (PS) PRESENTED BY THE CROSSING Representatives from True North, who counsel survivors of domestic and sexual violence, will be at all screenings to support audience members as needed.
TRUE VISION AWARD
2018 RECIPIENT: DIEUDO HAMADI
DIEUDO HAMADI’S FILMS CAPTURE SITUATIONS so absurdly bleak that your gut response might be to let out a few uncomfortable, pitch-black chuckles. His debut, “Ladies in Waiting” (short, 2009, co-directed with Divita Wa Lusala), observes young mothers who are trapped in a Kinshasa maternity ward, unable to leave until they settle their debts, which increase with each passing day. In National Diploma (2014), young Kisangani scholars, desperate to pass a high-stakes exam, head to church for pen blessings and exorcisms. Mama Colonel (2017) finds a tenacious police officer begging aloof crowds for anything — a banana, a piece of coal — for neglected rape victims. In all of his work, Hamadi observes how humans respond to systems that are rigged against them, particularly when they decide to face them together. He is perpetually attentive to group dynamics and to the extraordinary energy of communal spaces. Invariably, his camera will land in a heated crowd and study the electric debate that unfolds, a dizzying mix of agendas at play. His films thrum with chaotic energy. True/False’s only prize, the True Vision Award, is given to a midcareer filmmaker for advancing the art of nonfiction cinema. At 34, Hamadi is the youngest director to receive the recognition. His unflinching observational camera draws from documentary tradition, but his editing techniques point toward the future. He thrusts us into the world of many conflicting realities, where valiant humans find themselves literally pleading to an uncaring market. Hamadi refuses to flatten those realities. He vividly and persistently captures the confusion, submerging us in it, but by sticking alongside the righteous to the bitter end, his art dignifies truth. (CB) Each year, the award is cast in bronze by Mid-Missouri artist Larry Young.
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 1:45PM / THE GLOBE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 12PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 10AM / BIG RAGTAG
Dir. Dieudo Hamadi; 2018; 75 min. Q&A with director Dieudo Hamadi This tense, perceptive documentary from True Vision recipient Dieudo Hamadi unfolds in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where courageous young revolutionaries rally to rescue their beloved country from the autocratic grip of President Joseph Kabila. Hamadi trains his camera on three young men — Jean-Marie, Christian and Ben — as they put their bodies and psyches on the line to bring free elections. The activists, thrust into spirited meetings and intense street protests, navigate questions familiar to resistance movements worldwide: whether or not to lock arms with the leading opposition party, to what degree violence has a place in their protest, and whom to trust. Hamadi, a sharp-eyed cinematographer, breaks free of narrative convention, crafting a knotty, dynamic chronicle keenly attuned to the textures of their struggle. (CB) PRESENTED BY RESTORATION EYE CARE
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A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 7:30PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 2:15PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 4:15PM / THE GLOBE
Dir. Lissette Orozco; 2017; 96 min. Q&A with director Lissette Orozco Growing up, Lissette Orozco worshipped her glamorous aunt Adriana. A political aide during Augusto Pinochet’s reign, Adriana lived a high-flying life in 1970s Chile before emigrating to sunny, exotic Australia. When Adriana is accused of crimes related to the kidnapping, torture, and murder of leftists, Lissette sets out, on her own, to exonerate her idol. She teases out the story through a series of Skypes with the charismatic Adriana, tracks down her colleagues, and begins to assemble a defense. But not everything her aunt tells her adds up. Soon, Lissette is wrestling with divided loyalties — between her family and her conscience. Filled with twists, Adriana’s Pact follows one woman’s deeply personal journey toward the truth. (PS) PRESENTED BY THE KINDER INSTITUTE ON CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 5:30PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 10:15PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // D: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 9:30AM / MISSOURI THEATRE
Dirs. Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside; 2018; 75 min. Q&A with directors Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside This sparkling, irreverent, and deeply emotional piece of creative nonfiction announces the arrival of a standout filmmaking partnership. When their father is hauled away, a colorful trio of brothers — a sibling team to rival Moe, Larry, and Curly — step up to take care of América, their grandmother, in Colima, Mexico. Rodrigo, Diego, and Bruno are stilt-walkers and acrobats and Elvis impersonators and unicycle riders — when not running the family’s agriculture warehouse. With a loose, offhanded charm, Stoll and Whiteside capture the family’s natural performative streak in a way that makes even the most explosive, dramatic moments feel organic. The endearing, genuine scenes between Diego and his grandmother celebrate the possibility of multigenerational connection. (PS)
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A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 10PM / MISSOURI THEATRE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 7PM / JESSE AUDITORIUM // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 8:15PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
Dir. Bart Layton; 2018; 116 min. Q&A with director Bart Layton In 2004, an unlikely band of college students attempted an outrageous heist of rare books (including original copies of Audubon’s “Birds of America”) from a university library. Inspired by the larcenies they’d witnessed on screen, they planned for months. What happened — and, arguably, didn’t happen — is the focus of this white-knuckle fictional caper film, directed with colorful verve by Bart Layton (The Imposter, T/F 2012). The acting is impeccable, but what truly sets the movie apart is that we also meet the actual young men (now older, of course) and hear the story through their not-always-reliable recollections — a strategy that only amplifies the tension. In what’s sure to be one of the most talked-about movies of the year, Layton manages both a satisfying narrative conclusion and insights into the true gulf between the movies and real life. (DW)
ANTÓNIO E CATARINA
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 7:45PM / FORREST THEATER // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 12:15PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 3PM / FORREST THEATER
Dir. Cristina Haneș; 2017; 40 min. Q&A with director Cristina Haneș An apartment in Lisbon, under cover of the night. Outside, predatory men of all ages loiter by a strip club. Inside, young director Cristina Haneș films her much older subject, Augusto, who calls her “Catarina.” In return, Haneș refers to him as “António.” Over the course of three years, Haneș returns repeatedly to film. Who is taking advantage of whom? With chiaroscuro photography, this deftly edited play of desire, power, and friendship pushes beyond the surface, brilliantly questioning if even reprobates can have genuine relationships with women that aren’t based on sexual domination or voyeurism. Plays with “Pumpkin Movie” (10 min.), in which director Sophy Romvari and her best friend carve jack-o’-lanterns while trading creepy stories, and “Mon Amour, Mon Ami” (dir. Adriano Valerio, 16 min.), which stars Fouad and Daniela, a couple in Italy who stick together despite — or perhaps because of — obvious challenges. (AS) 13
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 5:30PM / FORREST THEATER // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / THE GLOBE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 7PM / THE GLOBE
Dir. Sandra Luz López Barroso; 2017; 48 min. Q&A with editor Andrea Rabasa Artemio, a sweet and feisty 10-year-old boy, and Coco, his resilient and loving mother, relocate from California to small-town Mexico. Director Sandra Luz López Barroso captures the growing pains as Artemio adjusts to the new rhythms, friends, customs, and language of this place, his mother’s hometown. Her camera remains carefully attuned to Artemio’s frequently shifting mood. As the days pass, Coco’s telephone plays a crucial role in this enchanting, bittersweet narrative. Plays with “The Trader” (dir. Tamta Gabrichidze, 22 min.), a charmer set in the Republic of Georgia where a hulking man arrives with a van full of clothes, toys and household items: money is meaningless — all that matters is potatoes. (CB)
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 2:15PM / MISSOURI THEATRE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 12:45PM / BIG RAGTAG // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 5:30PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // D: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 9:30AM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
Dir. Robert Greene; 2018; 118 min. Q&A with director Robert Greene In this most unconventional accounting of history, five-time True/False filmmaker Robert Greene continues to reveal (and revel in) his obsession with the many ways of exposing a truth. Bisbee ’17, Greene’s most classically narrative work to date, pulls from a bag of cinematic strategies (too subtle and well-considered to merely be “tricks”) to tell 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. (DW) 15
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Julie Berndt 2017 2nd Place
Samuel Yao 2017 Best in Show
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A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 8PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 9:30PM / RHYNSBURGER // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 7:45PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // D: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 5:15PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
Dir. Khalik Allah; 2018; 77 min. Q&A with director Khalik Allah Khalik Allah (Field Niggas, T/F 2015) freely alternates between photography and cinema, traveling the streets, creating portraits that tremble with life. In Black Mother, Allah explores his mother’s home country, Jamaica, and invokes its beautiful, resilient and rebellious spirit. Constructed out of a series of fleeting yet indelible interactions with the country’s residents, Black Mother is a dazzling audio-visual symphony that speaks to the island’s current state: its relationship with pain, outsiders, child rearing, colorism, sex work, nature, God. As he builds relationships with strangers, Allah reconnects with his grandfather William Case, whose wisdom and blessings are woven into the film’s intricate soundscape. Black Mother is rooted in deep-seated, ground-level observation, and yet it also reaches for the sky, offering prayers that rattle the soul with their compassion and conviction. (CB)
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 10PM / FORREST THEATER // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 2:45PM / FORREST THEATER
Dirs. Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor; 2017; 97 min. Q&A with directors Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor In 1981, while a graduate student in Paris, Issei Sagawa murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renée Hartevelt. First institutionalized then released without charges on grounds of insanity, Sagawa now lives outside of Tokyo under the care of his brother, Jun, who harbors shocking secrets of his own. 2013 True Vision honorees Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Leviathan, T/F 2013) return with this distressing chamber piece that grants us entrance to Sagawa’s apartment but questions whether we can truly understand the man inside. We are immersed in the habitat of an admitted cannibal, frail of body, and the one person left in the world who may truly love him. (AS) 17
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 10:45PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 12PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 8:15PM / BIG RAGTAG // D: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 9:30AM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
Dir. Miles Lagoze; 2018; 67 min. Q&A with director Miles Lagoze For years, Miles Lagoze served in Afghanistan as a Combat Camera, shooting footage and editing videos for Marine Corps recruiting purposes. In this devastating film, Lagoze assembles his own footage and that of his fellow combat cameramen into a never-before-seen look at the daily life of Marines from the ultimate insider’s point of view. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of war in an age of ubiquitous cameras, when all soldiers can record themselves with helmet-cams and cellphones. Combat Obscura revels in the chasm separating civilian from military life and questions the psychological toll war exacts on all that it touches. Plays with “Concussion Protocol” (dir. Josh Begley, 6 min.), which transforms footage of NFL head injuries into an unsettling ballet. (AS)
CRIME + PUNISHMENT
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 7:15PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 3:30PM / MISSOURI THEATRE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 12:30PM / JESSE AUDITORIUM (WITH EXTENDED Q&A)
Dir. Stephen Maing; 2018; 112 min. Q&A with director Stephen Maing A courageous group of New York City cops takes on the NYPD in this crackling, here-and-now portrait of corruption and racial profiling. The source of the conflict is the informal quotas of summonses, fines and arrests that invariably hit lower-income communities of color the hardest. Director Stephen Maing stays with the reform-minded cops, the “NYPD 12,” through a dramatic series of twists and turns, including following Pedro Hernandez, a victim of the draconian policies, as he lands on Rikers Island. Even as the department’s leadership denies allegations of quotas, they target the officers who speak up for the communities: The dreadlocked Edwin Raymond is denied a promotion, and retribution is doled out after the officers make a high-profile appearance on NBC. With unflappable resolve — the cops wear wires to help capture dangerous moments — this is a film that’s always in the right place at the right time. (PS) 19
An Engaged Scholarly Community at Mizzou
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 12:30PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 12:15PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE
Dir. Rok Biček; 2017; 106 min. Q&A with director Rok Biček Shot over a decade, Rok Biček’s gritty vérité studies a young Slovenian named Matej as he fumbles his way through fatherhood. When Biček first begins filming, Matej is a teenager living with his parents and brother, who are all intellectually disabled. Over the next decade, Matej embarks on a foolhardy search for stability, feeling out his place in a variety of households. Matej is a character for the ages: savvy, dogged, reckless, unpredictable. As he explores and begins to nihilistically question his function in contemporary society, his journeys are documented by Biček with extraordinary patience and precision. The film’s ingenious, time-scrambling structure prizes moods, emotions, and ideas over chronological legibility. (CB)
FLIGHT OF A BULLET
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 3PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 10:30PM / BIG RAGTAG // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 5:15PM / FORREST THEATER
Dir. Beata Bubenec; 2017; 81 min. Q&A with director Beata Bubenec “Life lasted only while the camera was on, so I kept it rolling.” This sui generis single-take documentary opens on a blown-out bridge in Ukraine’s heavily contested Donbass region. A dazed crowd has gathered to gawk at the destruction. As disorienting as the situation is, the source of tension quickly shifts from the mysterious culprit to the camera operator: Who is she, what is she doing here, and whose side is she on? The startling answer is gradually revealed and unpacked in this shrewdly designed film, which quickly sheds its suspense thrills to become a provocative consideration of, among other subjects, what it means to be a woman camera operator in a war zone. Without a single cut, Flight of a Bullet captures both the harrowing and the disturbingly mundane nature of war. (CB) 21
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 4PM / THE GLOBE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 8:30PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 12:15PM / MISSOURI THEATRE
Dirs. Adriana Loeff & Claudia Abend; 2017; 86 min. Q&A with directors Adriana Loeff & Claudia Abend Aldo, an exuberant 80-year-old man, and Gabriella, his introverted wife for the better part of five decades, candidly reflect on the deterioration of their marriage, much of which Aldo has captured on video. Watching these evocative home movies, looking through photos and hearing the couple’s stories, we are transported through the glorious and dreamy moments of a young, beautiful couple in love. But as the façade of those picture-perfect moments fades away, Aldo and Gabriella are forced to ruminate on the mistakes they’ve made and the people they no longer are. Adriana Loeff and Claudia Abend have crafted a heartfelt film about the power of love, the universality of heartbreak, and an inescapable truth: We all will grow old with less-than-perfect grace. (JA) All screenings preceded by a provocation from Danny Giles.
GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 4:30PM / FORREST THEATER // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 7PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE
Dir. Fellipe Barbosa; 2017; 131 min. Q&A with director Fellipe Barbosa After Gabriel Buchmann, a Brazilian student, died during a yearlong backpacking trip, his friend Fellipe Barbosa retraced his journey, finding and connecting with people the young man encountered along the way. Forgoing straightforward documentary, Barbosa presents a lovely work of fact-based imagination. Gabriel and the Mountain, though framed by Gabriel’s death, is entirely about the joy of being alive, unfolding across East Africa, following our spirited young Brazilian (played by actor João Pedro Zappa) as he meanders. Gabriel’s series of minor, picaresque misadventures, including those of the heart, build into a portrait of the backpacker as a young man: Gabriel is openhearted and often naïve, loving yet sometimes selfish, curious but tainted by Western arrogance. In a stroke of true-false genius, Gabriel’s African acquaintances play themselves, adding a warm, poignant layer to his loving celebration of youth, innocence, and friendship. (JS) 23
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GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 7:15PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 4PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 5:45PM / FORREST THEATER
Dir. Sophie Fiennes; 2017; 115 min. Q&A with creative consultant Oisin Byrne This impressionistic, prismatic portrait simultaneously illuminates and preserves the enigmatic power of the multi-hyphenate performer Grace Jones. Operating predominantly as a one-woman crew, director Sophie Fiennes captures warm, down-to-earth footage of the iconic Jones reminiscing at her Jamaican family’s Spanish Town dinner table, chatting with her son in the back of a Parisian taxi cab and calling bullshit on a recording studio manager. As we watch Jones navigate these distinct spaces and relationships, we come to understand how they all inform one another as well as her astonishing stage persona, which Fiennes gloriously documents in a Dublin concert hall (the film is generous with its exhilarating performance material). (CB)
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 6:15PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 6PM / BIG RAGTAG
Dir. RaMell Ross; 2018; 76 min. Q&A with director RaMell Ross Crafted with startling beauty and reflecting an uncanny ability to observe, this film is spun together with a tenderness and intelligence that can’t help but move us. 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, allowing the subjects the same humanity that we, as viewers, afford ourselves. 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. (AS) 25
LOVE MEANS ZERO
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 11:30AM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 2:45PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 4PM / JESSE AUDITORIUM
Dir. Jason Kohn; 2017; 89 min. Q&A with director Jason Kohn In this provocative confrontation with one of the most famous names in tennis, director Jason Kohn (Manda Bala, T/F 2007) grapples with the legacy of Nick Bollettieri — a fantastically successful self-promoter, a driven and abusive coach and the architect behind the careers of many tennis greats. Over a series of extended interviews, Kohn does battle with Bollettieri, pushing the aging coach to a level of introspection and reflection that’s clearly uncomfortable — and maybe impossible. But throughout the verbal sparring, the stories keep coming — tales of hustle and grit and the destructive legacy of winning at all costs. (DW) All screenings preceded by a provocation from Paul Bloom.
LOVERS OF THE NIGHT
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 7:45PM / FORREST THEATER // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 11:30AM / THE GLOBE // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 10AM / MISSOURI THEATRE // D: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 3PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
Dir. Anna Frances Ewert; 2018; 57 min. Q&A with director Anna Frances Ewert This heartwarming, invigorating debut from Anna Frances Ewert transports us to a Cistercian monastery in the Irish countryside where seven aging monks struggle to keep their devout community running. We watch as they pray, exercise, tend to cattle, tend to one another, and pray again. But more than anything, we listen as these wise, humble men reflect on their lives and their philosophies. Ewert’s extraordinary presence in the movie — as a compassionate interlocutor and as a hyper-attuned camera operator — elevates her project to the sublime. Plays with “Baby Brother” (dir. Kamau Bilal, 14 min.), a dynamic look at a brother experiencing a summer impasse from longtime Columbia resident Bilal. (CB)
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Dir. Emmanuel Gras; 2017; 96 min. Q&A with director Emmanuel Gras Kabwita is headed to the market with two items on his shopping list: medicine and metal roofing. The market is 50 kilometers away, and Kabwita’s only means of getting there is on foot. Moreover, he needs something to trade, so in a series of breathtakingly beautiful process scenes, we watch him single-handedly fell a tree and convert its wood into charcoal. With payload packed, he begins his epic journey. Makala offers a flood of stunning sensorial detail as it captures this high-stakes journey through the Congo. Will Kabwita make it past the tollkeepers, whizzing vehicles, and exhaustion? As much as Emmanuel Gras’ mesmerizing film takes on a mythological dimension, it refuses to turn Kabwita into a symbol. The film pays close attention to his idiosyncrasies, his family life, and the peculiarities of the economy. (CB)
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Dir. Steve Loveridge; 2018; 97 min. Skype Q&A with director Steve Loveridge Maya Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., is a global superstar. But this is not the big-budget, glossy pop doc that you might expect. Instead, director Steve Loveridge launches this profile with the deeply personal, diary-esque videos Maya made of herself, first solo as a teen and then with Steve while the two were in art school together. Gathering footage over a period of six years, Loveridge painstakingly constructed this personal epic, revealing her family’s radical history — her dad founded the militant rebel group the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka — and her political and musical provocations. If you feel you know the real M.I.A., this riotous, contentious collaboration between director and subject — lifelong friends — will open your eyes. And for those meeting her for the first time, hang on for a wild ride. (DW) 29
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Dir. Dieudo Hamadi; 2014; 92 min. Q&A with director Dieudo Hamadi Across the Democratic Republic of Congo, a half-million teenagers look to pass the national exam, a necessary step for anyone who aspires to postsecondary education and high-level jobs. True Vision honoree Dieudo Hamadi — who took the exam himself as a young adult — follows a group of students who are expelled from high school after failing to pay tuition. Undaunted, the ambitious scholars band together, rent a dilapidated building, and convert it into a makeshift school, where they teach themselves math, philosophy, and all of the other subjects key to the exam. With the test looming, anxious students find themselves resorting to unorthodox techniques. Hamadi’s film is an engrossing look at a broken system and a young generation struggling to correct it. (CB)
THE NEXT GUARDIAN
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 7PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 10AM / BIG RAGTAG // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 4PM / JESSE AUDITORIUM
Dirs. Dorottya Zurbó & Arun Bhattarai; 2017; 74 min. Q&A with directors Dorottya Zurbó & Arun Bhattarai In a remote village in Bhutan, teenage siblings Gyembo and Tashi want freedom and adventure. As they kick a soccer ball through tall prayer flags, their father meticulously cares for the Buddhist monastery their family has stewarded for generations. “Kids these days,” he grieves, “do not want to preserve their culture.” Gyembo is more interested in girls, football, and “Grand Theft Auto” than becoming a monk. His sister, Tashi, is equally interested in girls and football and has always had the soul, as her parents say, of a boy. Directors Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai, who is Bhutanese, explore the beauty of a faraway landscape and the familiar, intimate unease of generational tension — of parents desperate to maintain tradition and children desperate for freedom, with a gulf of modernity and changing gender norms separating them. Plays with “Durango” (dir. Matt Sukkar, 14 min.), starring two brothers who spar and play in a bubble of their own until one threatens to break out. (LK) All screenings preceded by a provocation from Aja Romano. 31
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OF FATHERS AND SONS
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 3:30PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 6:30PM / MISSOURI THEATRE C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 7:45PM / FORREST THEATER
Dir. Talal Derki; 2017; 99 min. Q&A with director Talal Derki Though Abu Osama, a seasoned Al Nusra fighter in northern Syria, has eight sons, he prays for each of his two wives to have twin boys: four more soldiers for his cause. Talal Derki’s shocking, harrowing documentary follows Abu — a sniper and expert in defusing mines — and his son Osama, a charismatic 12-year-old being trained as a jihadi. Director Derki, posing as an Al Qaedaaffiliated filmmaker, spent two years getting to know the family; his camera provides a nonjudgmental but unflinching immersion into the world of radical Islam, intensified by the unfolding tragedies of a heartless civil war. Osama, a sensitive boy prone to fits of rage, is initially terrified when sent to a brutal military camp. But soon, Abu hopes, his son will be ready to fight. (JS)
OUR NEW PRESIDENT
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 4:30PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 10PM / MISSOURI THEATRE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 12:30PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
Dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin; 2018; 78 min. Q&A with director Maxim Pozdorovkin Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because of a curse from her visit with the mummy of an ancient Siberian princess — or perhaps by a man who stuck a doll with pins. Or at least that’s what things looked like from Russia. Director Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, T/F 2013) splices footage from a complex cross-section of Russian media, including state-run outlets and more ad-hoc efforts. A pop star features a certain ex-reality TV star in his blingy, twitchy music video. A building in St. Petersburg hides hundreds of internet trolls doing anti-Hillary shift work. Ordinary Russians compose and perform post-election tribute songs. This exhilarating and terrifying deep dive into the world of Russian (fake) news offers critical lessons about the power and form of 21st-century propaganda. Whose President is this? Plays with “Graven Image” (dir. Sierra Pettengill, 11 min.), on the making and promoting of Georgia’s Stone Mountain, the KKK-built monument to the Confederate States. (AV) 33
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Dir. Matjaž Ivanišin; 2017; 61 min. Q&A with director Matjaž Ivanišin Men wrestling with each other in a grassy field, giant wheels of cheese rolling down stone-cobbled streets and boys yelling until they are hoarse in a rapid-fire finger game are just the tip of the iceberg in this rollicking, regional sports tour throughout the Mediterranean. Matjaž Ivanišin’s gorgeously photographed film lays out all the rules of the game before immersing us in the middle of the action. Just when the film has established its rhythm, however, the director finds himself in the middle of an existential crisis. Its resolution involves a marvelous and riotous celebration on the beach in Split, Croatia, where all of the testosterone and hero worship come to a head. Plays with “They Just Come and Go” (dir. Boris Poljak, 20 min.), a richly atmospheric short about the beach in Split that goes from the libidinous to the elegiac. (AS)
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 1:30PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / JESSE AUDITORIUM // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 7PM / MISSOURI THEATRE
Dir. Nathaniel Kahn; 2018; 98 min. Q&A with director Nathaniel Kahn Art and commerce alternately collide and cozy up in the latest from Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect), which examines the enigmatic mechanics of an art market where the swirling vagaries of popularity elude nonprofessionals. We meet Stefan Edlis, a highly quotable, Vienna-born art collector and Holocaust survivor; the rising superstar, Nigerian-American artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby; and whip-smart art maven Amy Cappellazzo, whom we see prepping a major collection for auction. The absurdly successful Jeff Koons employs a buzzing factory of assistants who convert his notions into art products, while op art pioneer Larry Poons tasted the other side of the boom, falling out of favor when, after astronomical success in the early ’70s, he pursued less commercial directions. The whole thing crackles with kinetic energy, and Kahn perfectly balances his characters, leaving the audience hungry for the next bon mot and thrilled to be allowed behind the curtain of this rarified marketplace. (PS) 35
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Dir. Chloé Zhao; 2017; 105 min. Q&A with star Brady Jandreau Though The Rider has enjoyed an unprecedented festival journey that saw stops in Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and Sundance, we’d argue that True/False represents a spiritual home for its unique storytelling. After suffering a terrible head injury, young rodeo cowboy and horse trainer Brady Blackburn faces an uncertain future. It’s a great setup for a fiction film, but it also hews close to the real life of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, resident Brady Jandreau. In this inspiring and spectacularly lush film, visionary director Chloé Zhao worked with her real-life cast to produce a script that exists like a veil between the worlds of reality and make-believe. Brady is joined by his actual sister (the effervescent Lilly) and father, along with his best friends, on a journey that illustrates just what’s at stake for a young rider who could be killed doing what he loves. (DW) PRESENTED BY RUSK REHABILITATION
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A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 9:30PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE // B: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 4:30PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // C: SATUDAY, MAR 3 / 11:45AM / THE GLOBE // D: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 6PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE
2018; 97 min. Q&A with director Working within a framework that feels designed to make them fail, a team of rebel heroines works to change the system, one step at a time. Featuring intimate camerawork that lingers on details and makes a place palpable, this rousing film celebrates acts of steadfast defiance, even as it reveals the hurdles these women must face. (DW)
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 8:45PM / BIG RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 5:45PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
2017; 81 min. Q&A with director A lone protagonist, shrouded in darkness, declares an intention to rise again. Meanwhile, we, the audience, are hurtled off a hillside, details blurring like watercolors. This is expressive filmmaking of the highest order — epic poetry that takes us on a hero’s quest and dunks us into a milieu we’ve only witnessed from afar. Boldly shot, with a score to match, this one will set your pulse to racing. (DW)
SECRET SCREENING ZEPHYR
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 5:45PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 7:30PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 3:45PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE
2018; 79 min. Q&A with director A convincing rallying call, a merging of the intellectual and the sensual, and a gorgeous communion between the visual and aural, Secret Screening Zephyr will resonate deeply with audiences seeking transcendence and for those spiritually adrift by encouraging us to experience the unassailable mysteries of the universe. This mesmeric essay helps make sense of a scattered, materialistic era. (PS) All screenings preceded by a provocation from Nicole He.
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 12PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30AM / FORREST THEATER // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 12:15PM / BIG RAGTAG
Dir. ZHANG Mengqi; 2016; 101 min. Q&A with director ZHANG Mengqi Between 1959 and 1961, more than 35 million people starved to death because of Mao’s Great Leap Forward policies. To avoid censorship in China, this painful period is now euphemistically referred to as the “Three Years of Natural Disasters.” This courageous oral history, directed by Zhang Mengqi, tells the story from the point of view of her grandfather’s village, to which she returns every winter to interview survivors. Central are moving voice-overs from a grandmother who details harrowing pregnancies and lonely births during the Great Famine and her granddaughter, a migrant worker. In this agricultural village, the landscape is stark yet beautiful with plenty of room for contemplation. When a hand appears in front of the camera, Zhang transitions into delightfully playful territory, incorporating a uniquely participatory experience that extends to not-to-be-missed post-screening Q&As. (AS)
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 10:15PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 8:45PM / FORREST THEATER // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 8:30PM / BIG RAGTAG
Dir. Leilah Weinraub; 2018; 69 min. Q&A with director Leilah Weinraub The very beginning of SHAKEDOWN, the film, tells us everything we need to know about Shakedown, a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles. “Listen up,” says the MC, Ronnie Ron, “if you straight, you don’t need to be in the front. Period.” Filmed by director Leilah Weinraub in the lo-fi vibe of the early 2000s every weekend the club was open, this film buoyantly and joyfully shares its scintillating, pulsating world. Along with Ronnie Ron, Mahogany—the protective mentor of new dancers—and Egypt and Jazmine, two of Shakedown’s Angels, rapturously guide the film through the club’s many ups and downs. Those who are easily offended should steer clear and leave the dance floor to others. (AS) 41
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A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 10PM / JESSE AUDITORIUM // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 5:45PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 3PM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
Dir. Sandi Tan; 2018; 96 min. Q&A with director Sandi Tan Singapore, summer of 1992: Sandi Tan; two close friends; and her middleaged mentor, Georges, scramble to shoot their first feature, Shirkers, an off-kilter, color-soaked slasher flick. The production is an intense, heady experience, and all signs point to indie greatness: This will be a film before its time, especially for the nascent Singapore film scene. But then Georges disappears... with the cans of film. Fast forward 20 years: With the lost Shirkers continuing to haunt those who participated, the film is recovered. Tan, now an L.A.-based novelist, hits the road in search of answers. And so we take a thrilling trip, from Singapore to California to New Orleans... and from the present to the past and back, in a brilliant testimonial to the power of the stories we tell about ourselves. (AV)
TAMING THE HORSE
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 10PM / FORREST THEATER // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 2:30PM / FORREST THEATER // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 11:45AM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
Dir. GU Tao; 2017; 129 min. Q&A with director GU Tao Tong has just turned 30, and everything in his life is falling apart. He just left his job at a photography studio, his girlfriend is seeing another man, his mom is ill and his brother thinks he just isnâ€™t applying himself. Director GU Tao reunites with his longtime friend in this portrait of a young man in the rapidly changing moral-less society that dominates the Chinese condition today. The evocative camerawork floats down the streets of Kunming as Tong ruminates on his love life and tries to find his place in the world. Over a year of Tongâ€™s life, each scintillatingly immersive observational scene entertains without judgment. (AS) 43
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Dir. Leigh Ledare; 2017; 120 min. Q&A with director Leigh Ledare In artist provocateur Leigh Ledare’s latest project, strangers gather together to decode their own group dynamics in the “here and now.” These participants question one another’s prejudices, stereotypes and backstories, feeding a purgatorial atmosphere in a search for greater understanding. Not all is as it seems: Some members of the group turn out to be more like managers, and others recalcitrantly find themselves in the roles of workers. Less this all sound suspiciously like work, this superlatively suspenseful edit is devilishly fun. Even the most minute gestures — a tilt of the head, the act of leaving the room to go to the restroom, where one chooses to sit — become the focus of attention, including Ledare’s own culpability as the instigator of this project. We may never look at documentary subjects and directors in the same way again. And don’t worry, the walkouts are part of the performance. (AS)
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 7:15PM / MISSOURI THEATRE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 10PM / RHYNSBURGER THEATRE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 9:30AM / JESSE AUDITORIUM
Dir. Tim Wardle; 2018; 96 min. Q&A with director Tim Wardle The first 30 minutes of this stranger-than-fiction tale deliver a jaw-dropping, feel-good human-interest story that managed to go viral, even in the pre-internet era. Oblivious of each other’s existence, three young men — Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman — grew up in three very different conditions. An uncanny coincidence helped reunite these three identical triplets, separated at birth. Soon, the trio are media stars and we embark upon a romp-filled tour of the early 1980s (Studio 54, Phil Donahue, Kim Wilde etc.). But the story switches gears, revealing darker themes and insidious forces. Robert, Edward and David, always captivating on screen, become the center of a knotty conspiracy, one that will ramp up our ongoing debate about nature versus nurture, along with questions of scientific ethics. It’s a disquieting look at how hidden forces can shape our lives. (PS)
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VOICES OF THE SEA
A: THURSDAY, MAR 1 / 9:45PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 6PM / THE GLOBE // C: SUNDAY, MAR 4 / 1PM / THE PICTUREHOUSE
Dir. Kim Hopkins; 2018; 99 min. Q&A with director Kim Hopkins In Cajio Beach, Cuba, there is the reality — hunger, no drinking water, little hope for tomorrow — and there is the dream. The American Dream. Mariela looks 90 miles north, to the Florida shore, imagining a brighter future, but her husband, Pita, a struggling fisherman, feels anchored to their home. Director Kim Hopkins offers a portrait of a family caught in a Cuba often hidden from view, a Cuba hampered by the broken promises of revolution. Many in Caijo Beach hold on to the desperate hopes that America, no matter the brutal realities, is the solution. Pita and Mariela’s story, told with empathy and without judgment, reveals how nations so often fail their citizens. And the sea, filled with danger and promise, relentlessly rolls upon the shore. (LK)
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 11AM / SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE // B: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 5:30PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG // C: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9:30PM / MISSOURI THEATRE
Dir. Lorna Tucker; 2018; 83 min. Q&A with director Lorna Tucker Charging headlong into the fashion world with zippers, scrawled epithets, and rips and tears, the iconoclastic designer Vivienne Westwood forever changed youth culture. Now, with her Climate Revolution initiatives, she seeks to untangle “two snakes”: the capitalist, corporatized economy and its threat to our global ecology. Director Lorna Tucker’s appropriately idiosyncratic portrait follows one of our great impresarios — still soulful and ornery after all these years — as she manages a sprawling empire. Also in the frame is her partner, the singular Andreas Kronthaler (the inspiration for Sacha Baron Cohen’s outlandish “Bruno” character). Tucker reveals the behind-the-scenes tumult at Westwood’s nonstop atelier and accompanies her on a Greenpeace expedition to Antarctica. Along the way, the designer questions the purpose of a marketing department, scrubs plans to expand into China, and plays cat-and-mouse games with Tucker, who, gamely sidestepping her subject’s resistance, crafts an inspirational portrait. (PS) 47
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Dir. Morgan Neville; 2018; 94 min. Q&A with director Morgan Neville A true master of synthesizing pop culture into great filmmaking, Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom, T/F 2013) reframes that most beloved (and much parodied) cultural institution: Mister Rogers. But fear not — instead of sinister revelations, this artfully crafted portrait offers hard-won uplift. From Fred Rogers’ beginnings as a pastor who saw television as his pulpit to his rise to fame as an outspoken defender of public television to his visionary insights into child development, formed during the best-seen-not-heard era, this public history will feel deeply personal to many viewers. Though “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” may feel like an American relic, Neville asks us to consider what of value we have lost since the more open-hearted days Rogers’ show represents — and wonders how we can find it again. (DW) All screenings preceded by a provocation from Miko Revereza. PRESENTED BY VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS
IN MEMORIUM Escape the frenzy of T/F in the first year of our new sanctuary for quiet contemplation. Bask in tranquility in our lush Sanctum, a place set up both to encourage festgoers to relax and to memorialize the documentary subjects of T/F 2018 films who passed away during and after filming. Because nonfiction films are rooted in the real, the death of a subject reverberates emotionally beyond the confines of the screen. This space exists to help sustain the introspection of audience members who are affected by the films they’ve experienced throughout the weekend. Within the Sanctum, T/F’s In Memoriam is a shrine that attempts to acknowledge the time and intimacy that subjects have given to their films. During its open hours, visitors can write notes to directors and deposit them in the collection box at the heart of the space. After the fest, the notes will be distributed to their intended recipient. The Sanctum will be open from 1-8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Calvary Episcopal Church, across Locust st. from the Missouri Theatre.
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SHORTS PROGRAMS Each screening of a shorts program at the Rhynsburger Theatre is followed by a Q(uench) & A(nswer), a convivial gathering which replaces our traditional postscreening Q&A (see page 131).
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Various directors; 70 min. In Person: directors Andrew James & Ana Vijdea Older men reckon with their place in society in these three shorts. The blackand-white, urgent “Community Patrol” (dir. Andrew James, 13 min.) follows a vigilante “community court” in Detroit, led by the charismatic Rev. Malik Shabazz. “The Atomic Soldiers” (dir. Morgan Knibbe, 23 min.) features still-shellshocked American veterans, long sworn to secrecy, offering rotating testimonies. The slow-burn “John 746” (dir. Ana Vijdea, 34 min.) brings us to a junk shop, deep in de-industrialized America —Syracuse, New York, to be exact—where a tall, gaunt man prefers a method of exchange that’s not cash, check or credit card. (PS)
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Various directors; 71 min. In Person: directors Charlie Lyne, Miko Revereza, David de Rozas, Nathan Truesdell & Juan Pablo González These five shorts exhume lost histories and lives. “Personal Truth” (dir. Charlie Lyne, 18 min.) re-examines a conspiracy from the director’s youth and uncorks a sometimes funny, sometimes serious meditation on skepticism. Next up “Disintegration 93-96” (dir. Miko Revereza, 6 min.) takes us on a furious yet vulnerable tour of his childhood as an undocumented immigrant in California. “The Water Slide” (dir. Nate Truesdell, 10 min.) brings us closer to home. In Kansas City, Kansas, Libertarian-leaning legislators fast-track the world’s largest water slide. Local politicians are also dealing with historically significant changes in Secret Screening Breeze (dir. David de Rozas), which features an honorable figure trying to find a way to connect. “Las Nubes” (dir. Juan Pablo González, 21 min.) stars a weathered man who is partially visible in a rear-view mirror as he relates getting mixed up with the wrong kind. (AS)
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Various directors; 72 min. In Person: director Jessica Bardsley Tour alternate theories and geographies in these four boundary-defying shorts. “Pure Difference” (dir. Byron Peters, 21 min.) presents a pop-Marxist history of mathematics that spoofs graphic-heavy educational videos and techconference talks. This visual bombardment continues with “Dessert-Disaster” (dir. Alison Nguyen, 2 min.), a split-screen smorgasbord of found footage dessert advertisements versus natural disasters. Lava flows and geologic formations introduce “The Making and Unmaking of the Earth” (dir. Jessica Bardsley, 17 min.), a film that showcases women’s testimonies of dreams, fears, and trauma. The final short, “Liminals” (dir. Jeremy Shaw, 31 min.), leaves Earth as we know it with a band of experimental dancers seeking transcendence. (AS)
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Various directors; 73 min. In Person: director Rachel Daisy Ellis & producer Mina Fitzpatrick The subjects of these four shorts are living defiantly, starting with “Mini Miss” (dir. Rachel Daisy Ellis, 16 min.), a charming/disturbing immersion into the Brazilian child pageant scene. Journey into a lush Cuban forest with “Duelo” (dir. Alejandro Alonso, 12 min.), featuring a shamanistic widow who prays for her son. “La Bouche” (dir. Camille Restrepo, 19 min.) showcases the music of a drummer who finds a way to express his pain years after the murder of his daughter. Opening inside of a drum, “Palenque” (dir. Sebastián Pinzón Silva, 25 min.) is a documentary musical that floats around a Colombian village with landmark status in the New World. (AS)
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SHORTS BEFORE FEATURES BABY BROTHER Dir. Kamau Bilal; 2018; 14 min. A dynamic, familial look at a brother experiencing a summer impasse. (Plays with: Lovers of the Night)
CONCUSSION PROTOCOL Dir. Josh Begley; 2018; 6 min. Constructed from footage of every regular-season concussion in the NFL this past year, this film transforms these collisions with terrifying balletic grace. (Plays with: Combat Obscura)
DURANGO Dir. Matt Sukkar; 2017; 14 min. Two brothers spar and play in a bubble of their own until one threatens to break out. (Plays with: The Next Guardian)
GRAVEN IMAGE Dir. Sierra Pettengill; 2017; 11 min. On the making and promoting of Georgia’s Stone Mountain, the KKK-built monument to the Confederate States. (Plays with: Our New President)
MON AMOUR, MON AMI Dir. Adriano Valerio; 2017; 16 min. Somewhere in the Umbrian hills, Fouad is lovelorn about his dear Daniela, who despite his mean tajine is decidedly not in love. (Plays with: António e Catarina)
PUMPKIN MOVIE Dir. Sophy Romvari; 2017; 10 min. On Halloween, the director and her friend Skype each other with creepy stories of a particular bent. (Plays with: António e Catarina)
THEY JUST COME AND GO Dir. Boris Poljak; 2017; 20 min. A richly atmospheric film about a beach in Split, Croatia (as featured in Playing Men), it goes from the libidinous to the elegiac, ending in a morning-after Leonard Cohen singalong. (Plays with: Playing Men)
THE TRADER Dir. Tamta Gabrichidze; 2017; 22 min. In the Republic of Georgia, a hulking man arrives with a van full of clothes, toys and household items: Money is meaningless—all that matters is potatoes. (Plays with: Artemio) 55
2018 SELECTION: BLACK AUDIO FILM COLLECTIVE
NEITHER/NOR IS TRUE/FALSE’S ongoing survey of groundbreaking film movements that—through their imaginative approaches to sound, image, and reality—altered the course of nonfiction cinema. For this fifth edition of Neither/Nor, the festival collaborates with film writer-programmer Ashley Clark on a celebration of the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC), a group of multidisciplinary and multimedia artists whose work reckons with history and memory—particularly as it pertains to colonialist societies and the African diaspora—in ways that are intellectually rigorous, inventive, and expressive. Formed in 1982, the Collective consisted of seven multidisciplinary and multimedia artists who came together at university and proceeded to work together throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As Clark elucidates in the first chapter of his monograph (available for free online as well as at the Ragtag Cinema and True/False box offices), there are unsettling similarities between the early 1980s, when the Collective formed, and today. The U.K. and the U.S. remain violent, racist states, and their oppression of black residents is back in the mainstream media’s spotlight. Frazzled white cultural gatekeepers responded then—and now—by clumsily attempting to integrate representation (now inclusion) into their missions. Skepticism in their—our—direction was warranted then. It’s vital today. During the festival, Clark presents four films from the Collective’s catalog. These free screenings, which begin on Feb. 28 at Big Ragtag and continue throughout the weekend, will be followed by discussions with Collective members and collaborators, including Reece Auguiste and Gaylene Gould as well as sound artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart. Mathison and Stewart will perform a piece under their moniker, Dubmorphology. (CB) NEITHER/NOR IS PRESENTED WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES. ALL NEITHER/NOR SCREENINGS ARE FREE.
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 / 6:45PM / BIG RAGTAG A: SATURDAY, MAR 3 / 9PM / THE GLOBE
Dir. John Akomfrah; 1986; 61 min. Q&A with sound artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart “A journalist is pestering a middle-aged black woman. He wants her opinion. ... She looks at him and calmly says, ‘There are no stories in the riots. Only the ghosts of other stories.’” As reporters clamber to pinpoint a simple cause for the civil disorder in 1980s Birmingham and London, the Black Audio Film Collective invoke the past in their brilliant, inventively assembled debut Handsworth Songs. The Collective vigorously blends jolting footage of police interference with on-thestreet interviews, as well as archival photography and newsreel clips of post-war black and Asian immigrants. The film aired on Channel 4 in 1986, sparking a debate in The Guardian between Salman Rushdie and Stuart Hall, the latter praising the film for its original techniques and for “making us look in new ways.” (CB) Handsworth Songs also screens at 6:45pm on Wednesday, February 28 at Big Ragtag. Tickets for this night screening will be available at the Ragtag Cinema box office on Feb. 28 starting at noon. It will be followed by Soundtrack for an Imaginary Film, a sound performance from dubmorphology, aka Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart. 57
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Dir. John Akomfrah; 1988; 79 min. Q&A with sound artists Trevor Mathison & Gary Stewart The Black Audio Film Collective’s first work to contain narrative fiction elements, Testament is an understated yet palpably heartfelt exploration of the myriad, often excruciatingly painful intersections between personal, national and cultural memory. Abena (a watchful Tania Rogers) is an Englishraised Ghanaian broadcast journalist who returns to her home country two decades after the 1966 deposition of Ghana’s first socialist revolutionary president, Kwame Nkrumah. Abena seeks out old friends, some of whom are less than pleased to see her, and revisits long-buried memories stemming from the event’s devastating fallout. Testament is not a long film, yet its fragmented narrative, somehow simultaneously dense and economical, contains entire worlds, locating beauty and emotional resonance in its sensitive exploration of what it means to be “home.” (AC)
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Dir. Reece Auguiste; 1989; 53 min. Q&A with director Reece Auguiste The graceful and moving essay film Twilight City is one of the Black Audio Film Collective’s sharpest and most sensual evocations of contemporary Afro-Caribbean life. The film blends a dreamlike personal reflectiveness with a hard-edged critical reading of London life under Margaret Thatcher. The (fictional) central figure is a young black British researcher, Octavia (Amanda Symonds), who one day receives a letter from her mother, Eugenia, who is based in Dominica. After 10 years back in her home country, the disaffected Eugenia yearns to return to London so she may once again live with her daughter. While Octavia composes her response, the old resentments, pain and anger that she has repressed begin to resurface. (AC) 59
WHO NEEDS A HEART
A: FRIDAY, MAR 2 / 8:15PM / WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
Dir. John Akomfrah; 1991; 78 min. Q&A with guest critic Ashley Clark & Gaylene Gould Perhaps the Black Audio Film Collective’s bleakest and most challenging effort, Who Needs a Heart is ostensibly based on the real-life figure of Michael X (aka Michael DeFreitas), the Trinidad and Tobago-born, Londonbased self-styled revolutionary and civil rights activist of the 1960s and ’70s who, in 1975, four years after fleeing back to Trinidad from London, was hanged after being found guilty in a murder trial. Yet this elusive and controversial character effectively functions as the film’s structuring absence, visible only in sparingly deployed archive footage and photography. Instead, the film offers a chronologically oblique fictional portrait of a multiracial London-based group of his acolytes, who serially fight, party and drink in lieu of expressing or acting on coherent political opinions. (AC)
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music THE FLOOD BROTHERS A stomp-fest of blues-rock mayhem with screaming slide guitar and driving drums, these Missouri boys bring the boogie.
FLUX BIKES Spoke, rim and tire — all instruments of a different timbre
if you happen to be the extraordinary bike-wheel percussionist Rob Frye. By looping strike patterns and manipulating resonance, this Chicago-based artist achieves magic from the seemingly mundane.
GIBBZ A one-man band from Brooklyn, Gibbz builds clean electro-pop jams on a foundation of R&B, funk and soul.
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Thin Lizzy as Mac DeMarco, Columbia’s best young band always exceeds expectations.
KAREN MEAT This Des Moines pop-rock band’s yearning vocals, bright guitar solos and '60s-girl-pop sensibilities make for a delightful, defiant wonder.
THE KAY BROTHERS From the barn-stomping Ozark folk tradition, The Kay Brothers play upright bass, guitar, banjo, fiddle, washboard, and harmonica for their high-powered hoedowns.
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acclaimed albums of 2017, these Austin-based indie rockers are led by powerful singer-songwriter Hannah Read.
MAHMOUD CHOUKI A master guitarist and multi-instrumentalist
paints lush portraits of the bustling harbors and the markets of Morocco, where East and West converge.
MARY LATTIMORE The somnambulant harp of Mary Lattimore is truly her own creation. Each strum, pluck and tweak of a knob reverberates with electric desire and memory.
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MAUNO This Halifax four-piece baroque pop band boasts a powerful, spacious rhythm section, cradled by dreamy harmonies.
MAX AND THE MARTIANS Rockabilly meets indie pop, these street urchins are again making contact with us from their New Orleans launch pad.
MISSOURI SYMPHONY SOCIETY CONSERVATORY Maestro Kirk Trevor leads these young chamber musicians through a program founded by the Missouri Symphony Society.
MOBLEY With lucent, electronic R&B, this quickly-rising star is building his empire out of striking music videos, sonorous vocals and a captivating stage presence.
MOLLY HEALEY An adept looping artist, this Ozarkian seamlessly
weaves violin, cello and vocals, elevating bluegrass into a full-bodied and fiery sound.
NEVADA GREENE An aura of vibrating levity emitting tonal messages & pulsing electricity from the clouds of Columbia, Missouri.
NEW CREATIONS BRASS BAND Swinging with the casual intensity
of New Orleans and playing both standards and modern favorites with equal prowess, this band is a roaming party.
NNAMDI OGBONNAYA A Chicago-DIY-scene-multi-instrumentalistweirdo-rapper mixing hip-hop and art-rock into a cocktail of complex rhythms and futuristic sonics.
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THE RIVER ARKANSAS Taking its name from the river that flows through their native Colorado, this group of talented musicians plays heartfelt Americana that draws from country, folk and blues influences.
RIVERSIDE WANDERERS You’ll know there’s still love and sweetness left in the world when this St. Louis-based duo sings and strums their country blues.
RUTH ACUFF The arresting sounds of Acuff's harp merges with upright bass and percussion to form a perfect union of waking elegance.
SAMUEL JAMES Though not one to wear a crown, Samuel James is the
unofficial King of the Buskers. His incisive blues and storytelling are the pure essence of songwriting. Also see him host Campfire Stories.
SIFA Led by vocalist Sifa Bihomora, the Columbia four-piece combines
elements of R&B, soul, funk, and jazz to create a clean future-soul sound.
SISSY PAYCHECK Power rock mixed with power pop and powered with big old hooks.
SKYWAY MAN True believers, acid cowboys and cowgirls find refuge in this messianic, latter-days songman who straddles psychedelic ravines and climbs gospel paths.
STERLING/PALE The heavenly harmonies of country folk duo Sterling/ Pale propel the lyrics of their carefully arranged songs toward the ether.
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ever-changing layers of sonic landscape that intertwine structure and improvisation.
THANYA IYER A Montreal-based project radiates starry, jazz-filled nights, clubs of electronic intensity, and church-like hymns.
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combine to create a vehicle designed to take you away on a journey toward self-discovery.
T.J. MÜLLER A sepia-toned panoply of Jazz Age spirit, St. Louis’ finest swing-jazz draws from deco and Dixieland.
TONINA Tonina expertly navigates her way through shifting musical
terrain powered by stirring vocals and the pulsing heartbeat of her stand-up bass.
TRAVIS MCFARLANE The phantom of the opera Travis McFarlane descends upon the keys of the Missouri Theatre’s impressive, expressive pipe organ.
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DJ SCALES The room quakes when this wunderkind DJ blitzes the dance floor with his distinctive blend of future bounce.
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Wednesday, Feb 28 / Doors 8:30, Show 9:00pm-12:30am / Eastside Tavern Karen Meat comes down from Iowa to join Columbia favorites It’s Me: Ross and Sissy Paycheck for a night of hard rock and easy melodies. Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, $5 general admission.
51 BERLIN THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE
Thursday, Mar 1 / Doors 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm-12:30am / Cafe Berlin Quebec’s Ada Lea and Thanya Iyer along with Austin’s Lomelda compose an indie-rock showcase stocked with transcendent singing and stellar songwriting. Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, $5 general admission.
52 EASTSIDE HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY
Friday, Mar 2 / Doors at 5:30, Show 6:00pm-9:00pm / Eastside Tavern Max and the Martians, The Kay Brothers and The River Arkansas each bring their unique blend of Americana splendor to the perfect show to kick off the weekend proper. Free & open to the public.
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Friday, Mar 2 / Doors at 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm-12:30am / Cafe Berlin Hailing from Halifax, indie rockers Mauno bring their dreamy melodies to this showcase in which they’ll be joined by the soothing harmonies of Ohmme and the weirdo rap stylings of Chicago multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. Free for Super/Silver, Busker Band, $4 Lux & Juggernaut passholders, $8 general admission.
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Friday, Mar 2 / Doors at 10:30pm, show 11:00pm-1am / The Blue Note Dâm-Funk enlivens the dance floor with his world-famous brand of funk and hip-hop. Free for Super/Silver, Busker Band, $5 Lux, $10 general admission.
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Saturday, Mar 3 / 4:00pm-7:00pm / Landmark Bank Courtyard Outdoor yet totally toasty; sip cocoa and enjoy the soaring harmonies of The Big Sky and Sterling/Pale along with the roaring guitars of local freakfolk rockers The Adaptation. Free & open to the public.
56 SANCTUARY SHOWCASE
Saturday, Mar 3 / Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm-8:30pm / Calvary Episcopal Church Find sanctuary in the sounds of Moroccan master guitarist and multiinstrumentalist Mahmoud Chouki and the Chicago experimental jazz duo Sun Speak. Free & open to the public.
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Saturday, Mar 3 / Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm-12:30am / Cafe Berlin Tonina, pinkcaravan!, and the New Creations Brass Band join 18andCounting (Stan Chisholm) and TheOnlyEnsemble on a jam-packed bill of jazz and soul and hip-hop and everything in between. Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, $5 general admission.
58 ROSE SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTY
Saturday, Mar 3 / Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:30pm-12:30am / Rose Music Hall Indie folk dynamo Esmé Patterson plugs in her electric guitar to rock this showcase with “non-genre” pop star Mobley and psychedelic folk enigma Skyway Man. Free for Super/Silver, Lux, Busker Band, $5 general admission.
59 HITT REXX WIND-DOWN SHOWCASE
Sunday, Mar 4 / 10:00pm-12:00am / Hitt Records Nestled inside Ragtag’s homebase, Hitt Records will open its stage to showcase world-renowned harpist Mary Lattimore along with electroacoustic folk collective Nevada Greene for a calm culmination to a frenetic weekend. FREE; donations appreciated!
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ART & DESIGN WHAT BEGAN 15 YEARS AGO as visual backdrop is now an integral part of every aspect of the fest, and art forms one of the key pillars of our creative program. This year, youâ€™ll find esoteric and straightforward interpretations of the ideas of weather and whether throughout (in addition to a healthy dose of familiar standbys). These artists have embraced the gamut of available mediaâ€”on one end of the spectrum, some of the earliest human techniques, such as weaving and painting; on the other, complex computer programs and video create new worlds; paper, steel and wood structures fill in the gaps. 85
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THIS YEAR'S THEME
WHETHER | WEATHER WEATHER and WHETHER are two of the more evocative words in the English language. “Weather” as a noun has its origins in words related to air, wind and storms; the verb “to weather” began as a nautical term, referring to a ship emerging safely through a storm, and around 1757 its meaning expanded to the sense of wearing away from exposure. These words often referred to both time and weather, such as the Latin “tempestas,” which gives us the word “tempest.” But it’s only in the last 100 years (since the invention of the telegraph) that there’s been any real science to the art of weather prediction...and even more recently that one could look at the radar on a device in our pocket to know what was heading our way. This delicate balance of art and science, this knowing and unknowing — it gave us a lot to chew on as we thought about films this year. The other side of the slash is just as fascinating. “Whether” is a conjunction that signals a choice between alternate options. In modern times, it serves as the building block of all computing — the if/then statement that lies at the very core of thought. This year’s poster is from an artist new to True/False: David Rygiol (also our lead graphic designer) is based in St. Louis and worked remotely (with the occasional long haul down I-70) to envision the “Decision Tree” (modeled loosely on our famous Bur Oak) and storm cloud design. If you look closely, you can see an imagined Midwestern skyline which includes the old Sky-Hi Drive-In sign and Columbia’s octopus-like water tower.
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For this year’s bumpers, we recruited longtime local video hero Chelsea Myers (creator of the best daily fest wrap-ups in the world) and T/F artist/ party designer/taxidermist Becca Sullinger to take a deep dive into the world of weather proverbs. As one might imagine, every culture in the world built up knowledge about weather predictors. And in the days before writing, that knowledge had to be condensed into easy-to-remember proverbs to be passed along through the generations. “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight”? That’s in the Bible. But the history goes much further back than even that. And they only get weirder from there. Old cats, fox fur and shark liver oil—all have been seen as predictors of the coming weather. And killdeer eggs and buried snakes have been used to try and influence it. Creating richly designed set pieces, Myers and Sullinger sought to illustrate a variety of proverbs from multiple cultures, casting a wide net for the most visually intriguing ones. Now that they’re complete, we offer a challenge back to you, the viewer. How many proverbs can you spot in this year’s bumpers? While there’s something magical about all of this, like weather prediction these early proverbs often came from careful observation. And those who could predict the weather were, more often than not, practicing science well in advance of modern advancements. That shark liver oil? It’s still being studied as a predictor of storms in Bermuda.
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All That Is Possible Is Real by Alicia Eggert
ART INSTALLATIONS BOX OFFICE (Map #01) SAGER BRAUDIS ART As you pick up your passes and tickets, spend time with the art gracing the walls at Sager Braudis Gallery. Hillary Waters Fayle’s mix of textiles and plant matter demand close attention; Greta Myers’ abstracted paintings are mainly based on strangers’ social media accounts; Kim Morski uses a plethora of printmaking techniques to create works exploring language and texture; Katie Barnes’ photography moves between the miniscule and the immense with ease; while Katina Bitsicas’ fiber, video and mixed-media work delves into the complex world of mental hospitals. Wander down the hallway at the back to see our poster retrospective, featuring inspirations and early sketches from the past 15 years.
JESSE HALL (Map #02) New Orleans-based artist Alia Ali’s SCREEN represents the CMY color model; through projection and image, Ali's work comments on the perception of reality via information viewed through the screens of our devices. The digitally perceived forms that we create are hidden behind the screens that we use to present ourselves and our beliefs. Are we confined by our avatars or are we liberated by them?
MISSOURI THEATRE (Map #03) Paul Kirby and Steven Krejcik bring us PROPAGATION, a towering robotic tree built with detritus and other reclaimed materials. Pareidolic flowers will respond to the viewers’ investigation, while the overall mood of the work, which includes a combination of music and textural sound design, will be driven by a compiled set of climate data.
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(COLUMBIA ART LEAGUE CLASSROOM, Map #21) Tucked away in the back corner at Columbia Art League, you will find the vintage-inspired, black-lit TRANSMEDIA ARCADE, which showcases documentary stories told through new mediums. Festgoers are encouraged to challenge their assumptions about reality through VR experiences and through the optical illusions within the space. Arcade designed by Katie Jenkins; exterior sign designed by Josh Wexler.
SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE (Map #04) Missouri artist Bob Hartzell’s delicate yet tough LANTERNS —alchemized out of tissue paper, dowel rods and glue— have graced The Blue Note during T/F for many years and continue to shine on. Local artist Tracy Greever-Rice and her team have added to LIFE IN DEPTH, colorful fabric structures representing underwater creatures and forms. These upcycled handcrafted creations deserve a closer look, so be sure to explore the intricate and elegant details of this ethereal seabed.
THE PICTUREHOUSE (Map #05) LAWN Tension and compression hold together the BUCKYBALLS, by artist and author Mark Steck. Influenced by Buckminster Fuller, Steck has created an immersive, large-scale atomic structure that has to be experienced to be conceived. Check out the others at Café Berlin and Rose Music Hall.
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art & design LOBBY Artist-sisters Mollie, Zoe and Emily Hosmer-Dillard (hailing from various corners of the U.S. but originally from Hartsburg, MO) have summoned FLIGHT AFTER DARK, a veritable swarm, inspired by the overlapping rhythms of 13- and 17- year cicadas emerging at the same time. Working with local schools, the sisters hand-crafted literally hundreds of these life-sized models of tiny creatures. UPPER LOBBY St. Louis artist David Hutsonâ€™s neon sculpture SQUARING THE CIRCLE explores an ancient geometry problem: Constructing a square with the same area as a given circle was posed as an impossibility. This concept is explored as an allegory to our sociopolitical climate of impasse. PICTUREHOUSE PORTRAIT PROJECT Nathan Truesdell, Sam Spencer, Steve Rice, Rick Agran, Nick Michael, Chelsea Myers, Livvy Runyon, Haley Padilla, Katie Canepa and the MU Micro-Doc class continue their larger-than-life sociology project: video portraits of our fellow Mid-Missourians, newly updated.
RHYNSBURGER THEATRE (Map #06) COURTYARD THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD, the newest piece by local artist Tracy Greever-Rice, examines the patterns that manifest in nature both on a macro and micro scale. Utilizing traditional fiber and needlework, Tracy has created four panels depicting large- and small- scale images from nature that will be on display in the Rhynsburger Courtyard. LOBBY Dan and Luc Goldsteinâ€™s SITTING HISTORY ARCHIVE PROJECT returns; take a load off in their recycled lounge, built from old festival program guides.
Flight After Dark by the Hosmer-Dillard sisters
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THE GLOBE (Map #07)
LAWN As you pass by the Globe Theater, take a gander at the late, great Willy Wilson’s DRAGON, drawing power from the mycelium of the Globe lawn. LOBBY & THEATER Camellia Cosgray’s lighted MAP continues to beam inside the theater, while the south side of the room features stained-glass panels designed by a local gang of merrymakers; these glowing marvels are made entirely of tissue paper and glue. In the lobby, explore the UNFOUND TAPESTRIES; detailed, fantastical maps by fiber artist Tracy Greever-Rice, woven by a team of Columbians out of unwanted clothing and fabric. You’ll also want to play with the interactive MAPACUS!, featuring various iterations of our globe. Finally, everyone’s favorite buffalo, BARB, returns for her seventh year, once again sporting thousands of keyboard keys.
FORREST THEATER (Map #08) Tree by TREE, Michael Marcum continues his metal reforestation project—2018 boasts his 13th handcrafted metalwork tree. In the theater, the moonlit birch forest continues to glow.
HITTSVILLE (Map #09)
UPRISE GALLERY In his photographic series VISITOR, featured at the Hittsville Gallery, Caleb McMurry examines terrestrial and perceptual phenomena as a means to consider our ideas of time and history. These images take on a galactic quality, sometimes veering into science fiction, and ask the viewer to consider more closely the large and small on display in often mundane places. WILLY WILSON THEATER Ragtag’s Little Theater honors Willy’s legacy; a favorite quote was lovingly painted on the cinder-block walls by family friend and local artist Jessie Starbuck, while local artist Michael Marcum crafted an intricate maze of pipes and detritus from Willy’s personal collection. 97
art & design MUSIC VENUES: CAFE BERLIN (Map #10) + ROSE MUSIC HALL (Map #14) + LANDMARK BANK COURTYARD (Map #13) Get caught in a web of colorful strands by Erika Adair and Duncan Bindbeutel in the Landmark Bank Courtyard while you enjoy live music. Artist and venue designer Madeline Carl returns this year with her visions of the future, representing the changes in Earth's weather at two very different ends of the apocalyptic spectrum. Melting Arctic ice and rising sea levels submerge Rose Music Hall, while desolation, decay, and an arid aesthetic take over Cafe Berlin.
At RE@CTION, Sasha Goodnow, Becca Sullinger, and Anna Neal have created YEAR OF THE CRONE, a rallying cry to help our Earth and each other. This series of psychedelic videos features the Wise Woman, who perseveres and keeps fighting to heal the planet. And if the swirling winds of T/F lead you off the beaten path, you may find yourself immersed in the world-building genius of NEON TREEHOUSE (local artists Becca Sullinger, Brian Doss, and Gabe Meyer), which has been imagining and building mind-bending party installations at the fest for years.
LIGHTRAIN (Map #19) Local artist Ben Harris has crafted LightRain, comprising hundreds of programmable LEDs. This light-based sculpture aims to simulate the patterns and sensations of rainfall, amplifying our awareness of the weather. COOL WHITE (Map #17) Flanking the Tiger Hotel end of Alley A, you’ll find Glenn Rice’s light sculpture, a giant chandelier that brightens the darkness with a thousand watts of color and warmth. ALL THAT IS POSSIBLE IS REAL (Map #16) Along the lighted path on Alley A, Texas-based artist Alicia Eggert’s epic neon sculpture glows; its dual messages ask us to reimagine the world and what we (individually and collectively) can accomplish.
THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN + ELSEWHERE
CAMINO DE TRUENO (VARIOUS LOCATIONS) Be sure to stop by the box office to start your journey through Duncan Bindbeutel's epic scavenger hunt/puzzle game, CAMINO DE TRUENO. There you can grab a map, which will guide you to several hidden and not-so-hidden art pieces throughout the footprint of the festival. Each “waypoint” (you’ll find their locations marked on your map) will contain a hidden word that can be decoded with clues and ciphers written on the back of the map. BUS SHELTERS (SEE MAP FOR DETAILS) T/F teamed up with students from the University of Missouri Architectural Design program to create artful BUS SHELTERS for all of the Go COMO bus stops: between Ragtag and the Globe, between Missouri Theatre and the Picturehouse, Rhynsburger Theatre, Forrest Theater, Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note and Jesse Auditorium.
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Cool White by Glenn Rice SIGNS AROUND THE FEST Glenn Rice, T/Fâ€™s sign czar, is truly an artist; his largest signs transcend the strictly informational. Check out the BOX OFFICE signs, the SHOWTIME signs at The Blue Note, the PICTUREHOUSE PORTAL, the FORREST THEATER sign and the GLOBE sign on the Cherry Street garage.
THE SCULPTURE YARD (between Locust & Elm) (Map #20)
PNEUHAUS Rhode Island design collective Pneuhaus specializes in spatial design, temporary structures and contemporary art. For T/F 2018, they have created ATMOSPHERE, a new immersive environment for festival goers to experience. Witness the interplay of light, space and vapor, the most basic components of weather, as you engage with this giant inflatable structure found in the festival thoroughfare. GYRO-KINETIC HOME Artists Daniel Heggarty, Joseph Fischer and Mark Steck built this massive piece in their front yard; a tiny house suspended and capable of rotating in essentially any direction, reflecting on the tumultuous impact that inclement weather can have on our homes. Artists will be present to demonstrate the piece in motion on: Friday, March 2 11-12pm / 1-2pm / 5:30-7pm Saturday, March 3 12-1pm / 3-4pm / 5-6pm Sunday, March 4 11:30am-12:30pm / 2:303:30pm / 6:15-7:45pm RADAR WALK Carrie Elliottâ€™s RADAR WALK, recreates maps of weather patterns often seen, felt and witnessed for tenants of the Midwest. These large rugs might remind you of past weather events or harken to a possible future. CONVERSATION STATIONS T/F teamed up with students from the University of Missouri Architectural Design program to create a series of structures for attendees to sit in and around, meant to encourage fest-goers to stop and chat with others. These lean-tos are not just practical, they also add an interesting dimension to the street; solar-powered lighting provided by Missouri Solar Applications, LLC.
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THE GREAT WALL (Map #22) The Great Wall is True/Falseâ€™s outdoor video art installation, projected onto the north side of The Rise (located at the corner of Ninth and Locust); featuring original work during all four nights of the festival from 8pm to 11pm. Projection Artists Jordan Doig and Stephanie Gould's DISRUPTIVE shows the dissonance that is created when patterns are compromised. Visible throughout downtown Columbia, disruptive will be projected onto the north wall of one of downtown's largest buildings, allowing attendees and the public alike to be able to watch this sprawling mosaic of animated patterns establish and then corrupt themselves in a mesmerizing loop.
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Thursday Schedule SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
LITTLE CHAPEL @ THE PICTUREHOUSE
5pm 65 6pm
Our New President
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
24A The Next Guardian (7-8:33pm)
Q(uench) + A(nswer)
Lovers of the Night (7:45-8:56pm)
09A Black Mother
Adriana’s Pact (7:30-9:06pm)
Shorts: Red Wine 73
27A Gabriel and the Mountain
Voices of the Sea
Secret Screening Gale (9:30-11:07pm)
11A Combat Obscura
Berlin Thursday Night Showcase
CONCERTS • Q&As (15–20 mins.) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE RUNTIME •
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SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
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Friday Schedule SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
LITTLE CHAPEL @ THE PICTUREHOUSE
Love Means Zero
Lovers of the Night (11:30am-12:41pm)
The Price of Everything
41A Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Secret Screening Gale
29B The Rider (7-8:45pm)
Shorts: Coffee 70 (2-3:10pm)
Three Identical Strangers
Crime + Punishment (7:15-9:07pm)
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
La Flor de la Vida
Our New President
04B 54 The Blue Note After-Party with Dâm-Funk
Field Session: Reconstruct (3:30pm-4:30pm)
32a 18A Hale County This Morning, This Evening (6:15-7:31pm)
37A The Task
Eastside Happy Hour Showcase
Who Needs a Heart (N/N) (8:15-9:35pm)
36a Taming the Horse
49A Secret Screening Mistral
Secret Screening Zephyr (5:45-7:09pm)
06A António e Catarina (7:45-8:58pm)
March March (5:15-5:45pm)
Flight of a Bullet
Of Fathers and Sons
Q(uench) + A(nswer) (8:45-9:15pm)
Shorts: Lager 72
60 Field Session: Rebirth (1:30pm-2:15pm)
Q(uench) & A(nswer) (3:10-3:40pm)
44A Gabriel and the Mountain
Kinshasa Makambo (1:45-3pm)
Self-Portrait: Birth in 47KM
Reality Bites (5:30-7pm)
Campfire Stories (9:45-11pm)
Berlin Friday Night Showcase (9pm-12:30am)
72 Short Circuit Party
CONCERTS • Q&As (15–20 mins.) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE RUNTIME •
SUBTITLED FILM WITH ASL INTERPRETER FOR Q&A
SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
LITTLE CHAPEL @ THE PICTUREHOUSE
The Price of Everything (9:30-11:08am)
20C Lovers of the Night (10-11:11am)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (9:30-10:46am)
Secret Screening Mistral
Self-Portrait: Birth in 47KM (9:30-11:11am)
11am 02b 01B Primas
Kinshasa Makambo (12-1:15pm)
41b Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
11b Combat Obscura (12-1:13pm)
Secret Screening Gale (11:45am-1:22pm)
45b Shorts: Red Wine 73
The Next Guardian
Love Means Zero
23B National Diploma
Taming the Horse
The Art Ramble (2:30-3pm)
63 Field Session: Reflect (3pm-4pm)
Twilight City (N/N)
Of Fathers and Sons
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Shorts: Lager 72
Gimme Truth! (10-11:30pm)
11C 46A Handsworth Songs (N/N) (9-9:59pm)
Secret Screening Zephyr (7:30-8:54pm)
La Flor de la Vida
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
Voices of the Sea
Q(uench) + A(nswer) (6:15-6:45pm)
6pm 7pm 8pm 9pm
Three Identical Strangers
Shorts: Coffee 70
Berlin Saturday Night Showcase (8pm-12:30am)
Flight of a Bullet (10:30-11:51pm)
Shorts: Kombucha 71 (5-6:11pm)
Field Session: Rejoice (1pm-2pm)
António e Catarina (12:15-1:28pm)
The Art Ramble (12-12:30pm)
27B Playing Men
08B Bisbee ’17
Crime + Punishment
The Next Guardian
10pm Rose Saturday Night After-Party
Babylon Ball Z (11:59pm-1:15am)
CONCERTS • Q&As (15–20 mins.) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE RUNTIME •
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sunday Schedule SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE
WILLY WILSON @ RAGTAG
LITTLE CHAPEL @ THE PICTUREHOUSE
Three Identical Strangers
Chautauqua The Task
Kinshasa Makambo (10-11:15am)
La Flor de la Vida
Crime + Punishment
Our New President
Voices of the Sea
Self-Portrait: Birth in 47KM
71c The Art Ramble (12-12:30pm)
Taming the Horse
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
76 Closing Night Reception (6-7pm) PROVOCATION
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The Price of Everything
Buskers Last Stand (9pm-10pm)
Buskers Last Stand
António e Catarina (3-4:13pm)
Lovers of the Night (3-4:11pm)
Flight of a Bullet
30D Secret Screening Gale
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (6-7:16pm)
8pm 34c SHAKEDOWN (8:30-9:39pm)
Shorts: Kombucha 71 (9-10:11pm)
Hitt Rexx Sessions
12am 79 Toasted
Of Fathers and Sons
The Art Ramble (2:30-3pm)
Secret Screening Mistral
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
32c Secret Screening Zephyr (3:45-5:09pm)
Love Means Zero
47B Testament (N/N)
CONCERTS • Q&As (15–20 mins.) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE RUNTIME •
SUBTITLED FILM WITH ASL INTERPRETER FOR Q&A
SYNAPSES SINCE ITS BEGINNING, T/F has served as a fount of ideas, with many of them playing out on screen. But in recent years, we’ve invited non-filmmakers to inject new ideas into the festival’s bloodstream. Rather than sequester these big thinkers to the fringes, we place them front and center, and sometimes invite them to jump on a soapbox for pre-film rants. We are reinventing the idea of panels as more intimate conversations or, occasionally, playful show & tells. We’re also delving more deeply into the frontiers of interactive transmedia, showcasing artists and storytellers who’ve jumped the fences of traditional platforms.
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FIELD SESSIONS The overcrowded festival panel is a tired tradition, and we're doing our part to jettison it once and for all with the intimate Field Sessions. These close encounters between two artists provide an unsurpassed intimacy that can’t be achieved in a multiperson panel. Each session is a deep dive into the ideas that shape nonfiction filmmaking in 2018 and will be recorded live for the True/False Podcast. All Field Sessions take place in the Little Chapel @ The Picturehouse, 204 S. Ninth St. (map #04), and are free and open to the public.
Friday, Mar 2 / 1:30pm-2:15pm / Little Chapel @ Picturehouse With Anna Frances Ewert and Alissa Wilkinson Anna Frances Ewert embedded with seven Cistercian monks in her tender first feature film Lovers of the Night. Alissa Wilkinson is now a staff writer and film critic at Vox, after her previous post as a critic-at-large for Christianity Today. Together, they will examine the resonances of creating contemplative work at odds with fast-paced modern life.
Friday, Mar 2 / 3:30pm-4:30pm / Little Chapel @ Picturehouse With Fellipe Barbosa and Matt Holzman Fellipe Barbosa (Gabriel and the Mountain) built his latest film around the remnants of his friend Gabriel Buchmann’s life, from his photographs to excerpts of his diary. Matt Holzman’s podcast, KCRW’s "The Document," extracts new audio stories from the footage of documentary films. Fellipe and Matt share how they sift fresh work out of unfiltered raw material.
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Saturday, Mar 3 / 1pm-2pm / Little Chapel @ The Picturehouse With RaMell Ross and Leilah Weinraub Over years of editing, both Leilah Weinraub (SHAKEDOWN) and RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning, This Evening) found themselves migrating away from conventional cinematic languages. In this conversation, they discuss their parallel quests to reshape documentary grammar and expand the way films view black bodies.
Saturday, Mar 3 / 3pm-4pm / Little Chapel @ The Picturehouse With Kim Hopkins, Erick Stoll, and Chase Whiteside Directors Kim Hopkins (Voices of the Sea) and Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside (AmĂŠrica) spent significant time with their subjects, closeknit families in Cuba and Mexico, respectively. Join these three as they consider what boundaries, if any, their subjects set, their Spanish-language immersions, and their experiences at T/F and Catapult Film Fundâ€™s Rough Cut Retreat.
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PROVOCATIONS The Provocations are a mini-Ideas Fest within True/False. After months of searching and intense discussion, our team invited five people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, all with challenging ideas and provocative presentation styles. Paired with a feature film in our program, these folks stand ready to rearrange your worldview with the power of words.
Aja Romano: Drawing upon her background in fandom, Aja writes about internet culture for Vox. Her reporting provides insights into geek culture from written fanfiction to the dark recesses of Reddit. Provocation before screenings of The Next Guardian.
Danny Giles: After graduating from Columbia's Hickman High School, Danny moved to Chicago, where he works as an interdisciplinary artist and educator. His performances at distinguished museums and galleries question the power dynamics of systems. Provocation before screenings of La Flor de la Vida.
Miko Revereza: Since relocating from Manila as a child, Miko has lived undocumented in the United States for almost 25 years. His films, writing, and art practice are all influenced by his ongoing problems with documentation and the exclusion it imposes. Provocation before screenings of Wonâ€™t You Be My Neighbor?
Nicole He: Nicole uses technology to make art about technology. She playfully transforms both digital mediums and physical objects to explore the relationship between humans and computers. Provocation before screenings of Secret Screening Zephyr.
Paul Bloom: A prominent psychologist, Paulâ€™s latest book is Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. His groundbreaking work convincingly makes counterintuitive arguments about morality, religion, art, and how we understand the world. Provocation before screenings of Love Means Zero.
Sunday, Mar 4 / 9:30am-11am / Rhynsburger Theatre and Bingham Gallery Join our piquant Provocateurs, host Logan Hill, and some surprise guests for a variety show featuring provocations, music, and storytelling. Immediately following, the conversations continue in the Bingham Gallery (right across the hall) with a high tea.
Tabitha Jackson at the 2017 Chautauqua
PODCAST Now in its second season, the True/False Podcast features a conversation between a Fest curator and a filmmaker. The podcast is in collaboration with KBIA (Columbia’s NPR affiliate station) and students at the Missouri School of Journalism. Each dialogue centers on an aspect of nonfiction storytelling — such as building character, the subject/ filmmaker relationship, gaining access — and offers insider insight into the making of today’s most cutting-edge nonfiction films. Recent interviews include Sandi Tan (Shirkers), Pete Nicks (The Force), Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet), Chico Pereira (Donkeyote), and more. You can find the True/False podcast on www.truefalse.org, www.kbia.org, iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get podcasts.
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BETHLEHEM (Jesse Epstein, Andrea Rolfson; 2018; VR) Once a booming steel mill in which workers fabricated the materials for the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge, the sprawling Bethlehem Steel plant has since been converted into a casino. This poetic exploration of a changing city confronts the past and future of the American workforce.
BLOODLESS (Gina Kim; 2017; VR)
This 360 film, shot on location in a Korean “camp town” — lawless zones located adjacent to U.S. military bases — follows a real-life sex worker in the hours leading up to her brutal murder by a U.S. soldier at the Dongducheon camp town in South Korea in 1992.
FRIEND OF A FRIEND (Kate Gorman; 2018; Interactive) A fictional
memoir about unsteady remembrances of the past and the challenges of reconnection. In this unique augmented reality (AR) experience, you can piece together the story of a college friendship through emails, photos, and audio recordings via a smartphone app as you navigate downtown Columbia.
(Sydney Pursel; 2011; claw machine) Reclaiming the offensive term in a playful way, Pursel’s Indian Giver feeds stereotypical representations of Native Americans back to mass society.
IT MUST HAVE BEEN DARK BY THEN (Duncan Speakman;
2017; Interactive) Equipped with a mobile phone and a paper book, this walking tour guides participants with evocative music, narration, and field recordings. Close your eyes and let the streets of Columbia give way to the swamplands of Louisiana, empty Latvian villages, and the edge of the Tunisian Sahara. These stories and sounds will lead your way in constructing a personal map.
MATERIALITIES MONTAGE MIXER (Gary Stewart; 2007;
Interactive) This participatory experience explores the ways in which the Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998) constructed its groundbreaking experimental nonlinear feature films and tape-slide installations. The Materialities Montage Mixer invites viewers to rework and re-appropriate archival and found material in a participative process that characterised the Collective’s interest in 1980s British politics and art.
THE SUMMATION OF FORCE (Narelle Autio, Trent Parke, Matthew Bate; 2018; VR) With a nod to Eadweard Muybridge and the early days of photographic motion capture, this eerie black-and-white collage inhabits a virtual space to illuminate the physical and psychological components of the game of cricket.
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EDUCATE FROM POST-FILM Q&AS to organized mentorship programs, media literacy and shared learning opportunities have long been central to our mission. T/F facilitates meetings between filmmakers and students throughout the weekend. And each year at the Fest, experienced professionals lend their wisdom to first- and second-time filmmakers through the SWAMI program. Other efforts like Camp T/F bring together high school students from around our city, state, and country for a deep dive into nonfiction storytelling. Our goal: to foster mediasavvy citizens and bolster the culture of nonfiction.
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SWAMI PROGRAM The True/False SWAMI mentorship program was launched in 2007 as a way to help new nonfiction filmmakers navigate the sometimes treacherous terrain of the doc film world. Through meetings with seasoned industry professionals, first-time filmmakers get friendly advice on everything that happens after they finish their final cuts. From sales agents to online distribution to European press, this is a chance for filmmakers to get unbiased answers on some of the thorniest topics in the movie business.
2018 FILMMAKERS LISSETTE OROZCO, director, Adriana’s Pact ERICK STOLL & CHASE WHITESIDE, directors, América MILES LAGOZE, director, Combat Obscura LEILAH WEINRAUB, director, SHAKEDOWN TAO GU, director, Taming the Horse LORNA TUCKER, director, Westwood
2018 SWAMIS KATIE DOERING, producer of the Sundance Catalyst and Women at Sundance initiatives for the Sundance Institute. Doering is also an award-winning documentary producer (The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia). SANDRO FIORIN, founder, FiGa Films, where he represents and distributes Latin American content worldwide. Fiorin previously worked at Film Forum, Universal, First Look, and CalArts. THOMAS ORDONNEAU, distributor and producer through his French company, Shellac. His films include The Other Side (dir. Roberto Minervini) and the Arabian Nights triptych by Miguel Gomes. JESS SEARCH, chief executive of the U.K.-based Doc Society, which supports filmmakers through projects such as Good Pitch. She also co-founded the independent filmmakers’ network Shooting People. COURTNEY SEXTON, vice president for CNN Films. Previously, she managed featured documentaries for Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth; Food Inc.; Standard Operating Procedure). MENG XIE, Beijing-based film curator and producer, co-founder of the China Art Film Fund (Mrs. Fang), and founder of the sales agency REDiance. Xie was the film curator at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.
SWAMI LUNCHTIME SPEAKER: RAJENDRA ROY, chief film
curator at the Museum of Modern Art, where he has spearheaded exhibitions for Tim Burton and Mike Nichols, among others. Roy co-authored “The Berlin School” (2013). 119
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The 2017 Rough Cut Retreat IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CATAPULT FILM FUND At the height of summer, when filmmakers are neck-deep in the editing process, the Rough Cut Retreat is a one-of-a-kind mentorship experience. Launched in 2016, RCR unites nonfiction filmmakers and mentors in a creative, supportive, and engaged atmosphere. The retreat offers filmmakers and their projects thoughtful feedback to help move films from a rough cut to a final cut with an eye on winter festival deadlines. In 2018, the third annual RCR will take place at the Carey Institute for Global Good in the countryside just outside of Albany, New York. The retreat offers a deep-dive focus group for filmmakers to diagnose what is and isn’t working in their films. That is because after months in an edit suite, filmmakers often lose perspective. When selecting projects, True/False and Catapult prioritize work that displays an ambitious and idiosyncratic approach to nonfiction storytelling. Mentors are chosen who embody creativity and generosity of spirit. Rough Cut Retreat is accepting submissions for summer 2018 from Feb. 15Mar. 25 at roughcutretreat.org. IN 2017, PROJECTS INCLUDED Amal (dir. Mohamed Siam), América (dirs. Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside), Pigeon Kings (dir. Milena Pastreich), The Punch (dir. Andre Hörmann), and Voices of the Sea (dir. Kim Hopkins). IN 2017, MENTORS INCLUDED Amanda Branson-Gill (producer, Love Means Zero), David Teague (editor, Cutie and the Boxer), Chris Hegedus (director, The War Room), Mark Becker (director/producer, Art & Craft), and Pete Nicks (director, The Force). “Building community is essential to the success of any documentary film. We want to offer a new opportunity for filmmakers to come together with experienced mentors to forge new relationships, take advantage of the time and space to absorb feedback, and return rejuvenated to their edit rooms, full of new ideas,” Catapult co-founder Lisa Kleiner Chanoff.
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Based on a decade of high school outreach, True/False’s Media Literacy Initiative is one of the festival’s proudest projects. A year-round collaboration between Columbia DIY Day Public Schools, the Columbia Public Schools Foundation, and the Fest, it assists high school teachers to incorporate more media literacy into their classrooms as they earn professional development credit. This multiyear program employs media practitioners to train teachers, offers curation to existing school curricula, provides field trips to Ragtag Cinema, and culminates in True/False’s Media Literacy Summer Institute. Our work recognizes that many students are already documentarians; they are constantly recording, archiving, and compiling fragments of their daily lives. They are making rhetorical and editorial decisions on social media platforms. They are in a world of ever-changing media, and it is essential to have the skills to be thoughtful, discerning creators and consumers. Media literacy has long been at the heart of True/False, including post-film discussions in which filmmakers’ creative decisions are interrogated. We distribute over 1,000 tickets to youth, provide dozens of class visits, design programming, and more. We know the Fest has the power to create deep impressions on youth at the crucial time they are discovering and inventing themselves. By bringing students together with inspiring artists, journalists, and mavericks of all stripes, students are empowered to take control of their lives, careers, and the complex world they’re poised to inherit.
CAMP TRUE/FALSE A select group of public high school students dive deep into the Fest and experience a weekend with a diverse crew of exceptional filmmakers, artists, and musicians. After several years of success with our local high school Camp, T/F expanded this program to include out-of-town students. Students and teachers from both rural and city schools join our local contingent for a whirlwind weekend. This year, groups are joining us from Santa Fe, Nm.; Carrboro, Nc.; Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Shawnee Mission, Ks.; Kansas City, Mo.; Marceline, Mo.; Lebanon, Mo.; Kingdom City, Mo.; and St. Louis, Mo. Before the festival, all Camp T/F students convene to prepare by watching and researching films, discussing relevant issues, and gaining experience in story exchange. Students are then guided through a rigorous yet fun experience that feeds their passions and expands their interests. After the fest, students meet to reflect on their time and share their creative work. Supported by Mizzou Advantage, Panta Rhea Foundation, Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 123
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Back for its fourth year, DIY Day is our specially crafted field trip for local public high school students on the Friday of the Fest. A T/F screening at Jesse Auditorium invites 1,300 high school sophomores and teachers, who arrive to live music. After a post-screening Q&A with the filmmaker, 200 students parade to the North Village Arts District for hands-on workshops hosted by festival artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Students create their own “alternative career day,” where they both learn about the artists’ work and how to craft a creative life. Then after a recap, students and teachers join the raucous March March parade. Supported by the Bertha Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Columbia Public Schools Foundation, and by the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Now in its third year, the Student Symposium is an opportunity for all students at T/F to come together to converse and meet filmmakers. This year will feature filmmaker Edwin Martinez and Pearl Quick, director and subject of To Be Heard (T/F 2011). Then, students will participate in small group breakout sessions with T/F filmmakers. Supported by Mizzou Advantage & Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
THE TRUE LIFE FUND AND COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Every year, the True Life Fund filmmaker and subjects visit Douglass, Battle, Rock Bridge, and Hickman high schools. At these assemblies, the director plays film clips and engages in discussion that ranges from geography to history. Often, the students dedicate one of their spring fundraising campaigns to the True Life Fund.
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EVENTS OUR EVENTS ARE HANDCRAFTED T/F ORIGINALS, each with its own distinct personality. We offer something for everyone to enjoy—a now-venerable game show that tests your bs detector; our one-of-a-kindanyone-can-join-in parade; a s’mores roast ’round an indoor campfire; beverage-themed post-screening shorts receptions; a zero-dark-thirty waffle party ... and so much more.
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65 THE JUBILEE Thursday, Mar 1 / 5:30pm-6:45pm / Missouri Theatre For opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala at the Missouri Theatre right before diving into the sweeping vistas of The Rider. Don your favorite Western wear, black tie, little black dress, or whatever makes you feel fashion-forward, and of course don’t forget your mask. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations from bleu Events and Fresh Ideas. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites prepared by the students of the Columbia Area Career Center. Our friends at Columbia Art League open their gallery space, where you can see their latest exhibit: Indulge, which explores humanity’s relationship to food. Stop by the Pinckney Bend and Flor de Caña cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, rum or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders. No ticket required; open to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders.
66 RE@CTION PARTY Thursday, Mar 1 / 10pm-1am / The Fieldhouse Returning to Thursday night, this legendary party reimagines a downtown Columbia landmark. Artists transform the space into a whiskey-laced wonderland where you can dance the night away to the bass-heavy beats of Lavender Graves and suicideyear. No ticket required; open to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders. 129
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67 Q(UENCH) & A(NSWER)S A: Red Wine 73 - Thursday, Mar 1 / 7:45pm-8:15pm / Bingham Gallery B: Coffee 70 - Friday, Mar 2 / 3:10pm-3:40pm / Bingham Gallery C: Lager 72 - Friday, Mar 2 / 8:45pm-9:15pm / Bingham Gallery D: Kombucha 71 - Saturday, Mar 3 / 6:15pm-6:45pm / Bingham Gallery A convivial reception spotlighting each short film program with eponymous complimentary beverages. Attendees can ask questions one-on-one and indulge in the libations. A True/False programmer will be present at each Q(uench) & A(nswer) to introduce filmmakers and briefly facilitate discussion. Open to ticketholders of the preceeding screening as well as Super Circle and Silver Circle passholders.
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68 REALITY BITES Friday, Mar 2 / 5:30pm-7pm / Missouri Theatre & The Picturehouse A tradition as old as the fest itself, Reality Bites is our communal breaking of bread (and other delectables) that has nothing in common with the 1994 Gen X touchstone. Directly following the March March, step inside Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League, and The Picturehouse theater to sample tastes from a wide array of Columbia’s best restaurants. Enjoy wines from St. James Winery and beer brewed by our friends at Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge — all finely crafted in Missouri. Happy buskers will fill the room(s) with merriment. No ticket required; open to Super Circle, Silver Circle, and Lux passholders.
69 MARCH MARCH Friday, Mar 2 / 5:15pm-5:45pm / Boone County Courthouse Square to Ninth & Locust What better way to encourage the tremulous start of spring than to lead by example and march into March? To bring this month in like a lion, we invite one and all to join, dress in costume, ride your bike, whatever you’d like (just no advertising, politicking, or motorized vehicles). Free and open to the public. Led by our own King of Queens, Ron Ironic Ribiat.
70 CAMPFIRE STORIES Friday, Mar 2 / 9:45pm-11pm / Firestone Baars Chapel Gather round the hearth and come hear some stellar storytellers spin yarns in our cozy forest clearing. The evening’s spirit guide will be blues musician Samuel James on steel guitar, with six filmmakers/fabulists: Khalik Allah, Stephen Maing, Morgan Neville, Lorna Tucker, Stephanie Wang-Breal, and Leilah Weinraub. Homemade s’mores will be served courtesy of Uprise Bakery, The Candy Factory, and The Wine Cellar & Bistro. Reserved ticket required; open to all passholders.
71 THE SHORT CIRCUIT PARTY Friday, Mar 2 / 10:30pm-12:30am / Silverball Bar In honor of True/False’s 24 shorts filmmakers, we host an electric celebration at the local barcade in which they hold court (or in this case, drink tickets). Spark up a conversation, and maybe if you ask nicely they’ll offer you a round. Pinball is free and encouraged. Open to Super, Silver, and Guests/ Artists. PRESENTED BY OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES
72 THE ART RAMBLE A: Saturday, Mar 3 / 12pm-12:30pm / Box Office || B: Saturday, Mar 3 / 2:30pm-3pm / Box Office || C: Sunday, Mar 4 / 12 pm-12:30pm / Box Office || D: Sunday, Mar 4 / 2:30pm-3pm / Box Office Bon vivant and raconteur Gabriel Williams leads rollicking tours of downtown art and curiosities, including many of True/False’s art installations. Free and open to the public.
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73 FILMMAKER FÊTE Saturday, Mar 3 / 4pm - 6pm / Orr Street Studios The Fête is our banquet to honor visiting filmmakers. Hosted by our friends at Orr Street Studios and featuring artful culinary creations from Sycamore chef Mike Odette, a James Beard Award semifinalist. Enjoy delicious treats, hard cider, wine, and bubbly courtesy of St. James Winery; beer from Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge breweries; and hand-brewed coffee from Kaldi’s, all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios. Ticket required; open to Super Circle and Silver Circle passholders. PRESENTED BY HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS
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74 GIMME TRUTH!
Saturday, Mar 3 / 10pm-11:30pm / Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note America’s favorite documentary game show challenges the audience and a panel of esteemed contestants to determine truthiness. Local nonprofessional filmmakers attempt to fool seasoned directors by presenting their totally true or totally false two-minute docs. Hosted by Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who is a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!” The 2018 contestants/judges are Sierra Pettengill (“Graven Image”), Sandi Tan (Shirkers), and Chase Whiteside (América). Tech support provided by CAT. Ticket required. PRESENTED BY SHOWTIME DOCUMENTARY FILMS
75 BABYLON BALL Z Saturday, Mar 3 / 11:59pm-1:15am / Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note Comedian Brian Babylon records his first comedy album, and you are invited to be the studio audience. Free to Lux, Super, and Silver; $5 Gen Admission.
64B POST-CHAUTAUQUA ELEVENSES Sunday, Mar 4 / 11am-11:45am / Bingham Gallery @ Rhynsburger This post-Chautauqua event gives attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the provocateurs in the art gallery, featuring Guigen Zha’s MFA Exhibition. The High Tea spread is provided by Kaldi’s. What could be more provocative than tea and scones? Open to Chautauqua ticket-holders and Supers/Silvers only.
76 CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION Sunday, Mar 4 / 6pm-7pm / Missouri Theatre A common meal for all who attend The Price of Everything at Missouri Theatre. Catered for the 15th year in a row by the stalwarts at Addison’s—the drinks flow courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, Rock Bridge breweries and St. James Winery. Ticket required; the film ticket includes the reception. PRESENTED BY ADDISON’S AMERICAN GRILL
77 TV PARTY Sunday, Mar 4 / 7:30pm-10:30pm / Willy Wilson @ Ragtag Exhausted from watching movies? How about a once-a-year TV show that’s all about movies? Cheer on your friends and take a drink every time you see Viola or Meryl. Free and open to the public, no ticket required.
78A BUSKERS LAST STAND Sunday, Mar 4 / 9pm / Missouri Theatre With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge), the festival ends as the last air escapes the bellows of the accordion, trumpet, and megaphone. Link arms with your festival friends and join True/ False’s own second line in the lobby of Missouri Theatre as we throw an instant wake for T/F 2018 following the Q&A after The Price Of Everything. No ticket required; open to all passholders.
78B BUSKERS LAST WALTZ Sunday, Mar 4 / 9:30pm / Jesse Hall Swing your partner round and round in the atrium of Jesse Hall following the Closing Night screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers will promenade you down the line as dinner—courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, Rock Bridge, St. James Winery, Pinckney Bend and Flor de Caña— and music flow, keeping the spirit of dance & T/F alive before it slumbers for another year. Live music will be provided by buskers; dancing shoes encouraged! No ticket required; open to all passholders.
79 TOASTED Monday, Mar 5 / 12:30am - 4am / Cafe Berlin Come talk (free!) and eat waffles (not free!) at venerable breakfast joint Cafe Berlin, which for one night only will swing open its doors at 12:30am and stay cooking ’til the hungry hordes leave. Toasted’s sideshow is a freewheeling talk show where Nicolas Rapold trades repartee with other critics for the Film Comment podcast. Slide your chair in to find out the weekend’s standouts. Free and open to the public. 139
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129 Fine Arts Building, 505 Hitt St. Built in 1958, the building historically was called the Arts Building. The George Caleb Bingham Gallery, named after the Luminist painter, is the Department of Art’s display space.
BOONE COUNTY COURTHOUSE SQUARE
E. Walnut St. at N. Eighth St. The iconic columns of the square are all that remain of the second Boone County Courthouse, razed in 1909 to make way for the present-day courthouse. The columns align perfectly with the matching limestone Columns in Mizzou’s Quad and communicate privately via semaphore.
220 N. Tenth St. Carved out of a former gas station, the rad Cafe Berlin feeds Columbia’s counterculture. Owner Eli Gay’s expansive singing range echoes the Driftless Area’s dramatic topography.
COLUMBIA ART LEAGUE
207 S. Ninth St. Columbia Art League houses the VR Arcade, home of T/F Transmedia, all fest long. It also opens its doors to our Jubilee, Reality Bites, and Closing Night reception guests to eat and drink while experiencing their latest exhibit, Indulge, which explores our love affair with food.
1107 E. Broadway Weirdly, there seems to be no origin story for this Greek-friendly downtown nightspot. It’s possible that it predates the founding of the town—a frontier pub with sticky floors and nickle shots. While that history may be lost, we’re excited to stage our T/F takeover of this landmark bar and take advantage of its dark dance floors while we raise the average age of the room far above normal levels.
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1306 E. Walnut St. (south side of Walnut St. on the Stephens College campus) Dedicated in 1957, it is one of the last works of Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, designer of the Gateway Arch. Because of its ecumenical concept, it features no permanent religious symbols, resulting in a plain exterior.
ORR STREET STUDIOS
106 Orr St. The decade-old studios host more than two dozen artists. The one-of-a-kind doors are by sculptor Chris Teeter.
122 S. Ninth St When fest co-founder David Wilson wrote a pinball manifesto during the early days of Ragtag, he could only dream that a pinball-themed bar would one day open its doors on Ninth Street. Owner Nic Parks built on his longstanding local pinball dealership, added video games and adult slushies, and willed CoMo’s first barcade into being. 141
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TRUE/FALSE VOLUNTEER ARMY *whatever the weather
THANK YOU THERE ARE MORE THAN A THOUSAND staff members and volunteers helping us to float the True/False weather balloon. Additionally, as you move from venue to venue, take note of the many businesses that proudly post a T/F sponsor sign in the window. Without this support, our downtown home wouldnâ€™t be as cozy. Hereâ€™s our attempt at a thank you to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who contributed to crafting T/F 2018.
T/F CORE FEST MANAGEMENT
PAUL STURTZ and DAVID WILSON: Co-Conspirators JEREMY BROWN: Executive Director CAMELLIA COSGRAY: Operations Director ERIKA ADAIR: Art Installations Director MARK ALEXIOU: Booze Admiral & PassMaster AMANDA ATKINS: Childcare Coordinator GREG BABUSH: Video Technical Director BARBIE BANKS: Hospitality Coordinator DUNCAN BINDBEUTEL: Art Preparator CHRIS BOECKMANN: Senior Programmer SAMANTHA BOISCLAIR: Office Manager & Sponsorship Support KATRINA BOLES: Presentation Manager MIKE BOLES: Technical Support & Skypes PAULA CALLIS: Assistant Box Office Manager JACKIE CASTEEL: Production Assistant ANGELA CATALANO: Synapses Producer ALLISON COFFELT: Education & Outreach Director BLAIR COLEMAN: Hospitality Assistant JOHANNA COX: Events Director NICKIE DAVIS: Assistant Merchandise Coordinator JUSTIN DEAN: DCP Creation & Inspections Manager TONY DEMARCO: Assistant Lighting Director EMILY EDWARDS: Marketing & Press Coordinator JENNIFER ERICKSON: SWAMI Coordinator & Senior Guest Liaison KAYLEE ESTES: Hospitality Assistant BEN FALBY: Production Manager KELLY FAMULINER: Education and Grants Coordinator LIZ FORNANGO: Special Ops Coordinator HEATHER GILLICH: Volunteer Co-Coordinator TRACY GREEVER-RICE: Materials Coordinator & Production CATHY GUNTHER: Volunteer Co-Coordinator SARAH HAAS: Print Traffic Controller JP HARRIS: Radio Coordinator KYLE HESS: Assistant Events Coordinator JORDAN INMAN: Submission Coordinator KATIE JENKINS: Transmedia Curator & Art Installations Assistant MARK JOHNSON: Provocations Technical Manager MARTIN KAMAU: Music Director CHRISTINA KELLEY: Merchandise Director JAMIE KROLL: Construction & Production KELSEY KUPFERER: Camp T/F Coordinator JON LAMB: Skype Manager ARIN LIBERMAN: Programming & Communications Manager CARLY LOVE: Manager of Theater Operations JORDAN LUNDY: Format Inspections & Blu-ray Creation ANTOINE MATONDO: Programming Assistant 144
Thank You POLINA MALIKIN: Education Advisor & Schemer CLINT MCMILLEN: Assistant Graphic Designer CHELSEA MYERS: Video Team Coordinator ASHLEY NAGEL: Art Installations Assistant JOSH OXENHANDLER: Legal Counsel & Special Operations STEPHEN QUACKENBUSH: Water Diviner WIL REEVES: Music Coordinator GLENN RICE: Sign Czar, Art Technical Consultant, & Ticket Printing Controller KELSEY RIGHTNOWAR: Assistant Manager of Theater Operations SAM ROTH: Box Office Manager DAVID RYGIOL: Lead Graphic Designer EMMA SCHIERMEIER: Hazardous Materials Manager LISA SCHWARTZ: Development Director LIZ SENSINTAFFAR: Events Coordinator TAYLOR SHAW: Lighting Director STEPHANIE SIDOTI: Photo Team Coordinator MATT SMITH: Production Assistant HOLLY SMITH-BERRY: Sponsorship Director DOUG SONNENBERG: Audio Coordinator & Production ABBY SUN: Programmer & Synapses Curator STACEY THOMPSON: Sponsorship Coordinator PATRICIA WEISENFELDER: Sustainability Coordinator
CONTRIBUTORS True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema are programs of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization Ragtag Film Society. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Tracy Lane
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT: Charles Nilon VICE PRESIDENT: Sarah Catlin SECRETARY: Stephanie Shonekan TREASURER: Michael Lefebvre BOARD MEMBERS: Shon Aguero, Nate Brown, Linda Butterfield Cupp, Carol Hurt, Nikki Krawitz, Gary Oxenhandler, Jeremy Root, Ron Rottinghaus, Paul Sturtz, Anna Valiavska Ragtag Cinema is T/Fâ€™s sister program, a two-screen arthouse theater operating 365 days a year.
RAGTAG CINEMA STAFF
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Tracy Lane PROGRAMMER: Chris Boeckmann TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Steve Ruffin OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Cory McCarter DESIGN/MARKETING DIRECTOR: Steph Foley OFFICE MANAGER/MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR: Ashley Nagel WEBMASTER: Glenn Rice PROJECTIONISTS: Ben Falby, Tony Layson, Ashley Nagel BOX OFFICERS: Morgan Busher, Monica Lord, Bernie McDonald, Ameerah Sanders 145
Thank You T/F would also like to thank the hundreds of other individuals who have contributed their time and talents to the success of T/F 2018, including our vast army of Volunteers. Juggernauts, who generously contribute 40+ hours of their time, are noted with an asterisk(*). Ziggurats, a new volunteer level for 2018, give 75+ hours of their time and are noted with a triangle (). Special thanks to our 2018 Volunteer Sponsor: Oxenhandler Law.
LENA CAMPBELL - Marketing MARY-GRACE ELDRIDGE - Marketing MEREDITH FOSTER - Marketing MADDIE KNOPKE - Program Ads Coordinator ODALIS MONTERO - Theater Ops KAYLA MYERS - Art Installations LYDIA SCHREIBER - Sustainability LARKIN SHULL - Sponsorship SELMA ZWEIFEL - Events
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Jaad Asante, Christianne Benedict, Burke Bindbeutel, Charlotte Cook, Al Cox, Liz Fornango, Becky Gibbs, Jordan Inman, Leigh Kolb, Arin Liberman, Will Linhares, Diana Liscum, Antoine Matondo, Chelsea Myers, Ashley Nagel, Jeremy Reed, Sam Roth, Matt St. John, Mindy Stueckel, Annette Van, Stacey Woelfel, Majiyebo Yacim
GAIL SHEN MEMORIAL D’ATELIER
POSTER DESIGN: David Rygiol ILLUSTRATIONS: Carla McElroy, Jacky Adelstein PROGRAM COPY EDITOR: Pete Bland Travis Stephens, our printing press hero, and everyone at Modern Litho.
Jaad Asante (JA), Chris Boeckmann (CB), Leigh Kolb (LK), Jason Silverman (JS), Paul Sturtz (PS), Abby Sun (AS), Annette Van (AV), and David Wilson (DW)
EDUCATION & TRUE LIFE FUND
THANKS: Lindsey Troutman, Erica Raines, Greg Irwin, Beth Shapiro, Carley Ezell, Jordan Smith, David Bones, John Scott, Maggie Eastman, Ashley Yargus, Nichole Salas, Barbara Gerli, Ben Schirmer, Samantha Hayes. Our deepest gratitude to all the educators from the Columbia Area Career Center and Hickman, Rock Bridge, Douglass, and Battle High Schools. EDUCATION TEAM: Lincoln Sheets, Cassidy Minarik, Sterling HumburgCage, Shelby Hart, Lauren Miers, Roman Wolfe, Billie Huang, Lauren Hofmann, Darcy Higgins, Hannah Hemmelgarn DIY DAY SPACE DONORS: Rose Music Hall, Unwind, Yoga Sol, Talking Horse Productions, PACE Youth Theatre, Resident Arts, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Dogwood Studios, Free Range, Wildy’s World, No Smoking Please. CAMP TRUE/FALSE: Thank you to Jane Bannester and Kristi Ponder (Ritenour High School, MO), Robyn King (Ruskin High School, MO), Matt Cone (Carrboro High School, NC), Justin Hamm and Kat Toomey (North Callaway High School, MO), Eric Adams (Lebanon High School, MO) Jasmine Morgan (Shawnee Mission South High School, KS), Julie Sheerman (Marceline High School, MO), Mariah Reeves (Prairie High School, IA), Michelle Hogan (Santa Fe High School, NM), Rachel Kirchoff, Aaron Harris, 146
Thank You and Jimmie Briggs (Ferguson Youth Initiative, MO), and Christian Rozier (Venice Arts, CA). Counselors: Lizette Burciaga, Sterling Humburg-Cage, Jules Cooley, Beatriz Costa-Lima, Kaila Echevarria, Alexander Galvin, Eryn Harris, Theo Kurre, Anthony Newsome, Hannah Rodriguez, Sarah Seibert, Megan Tyminski SPECIAL PROJECTS: Adrienne Luther, Bram Sable-Smith and Ryan Famuliner, Holly Roberson, Pearl Quick, David Moran, Caullen Hudson ADVISORY COUNCIL: Christian Rozier, Kath Connolly, Austin Miller, Eddie Martinez, Kristen Schulte Special thanks to the Columbia Public Schools Foundation, the Bertha Foundation, Mizzou Advantage, and the Missouri Humanities Council for their financial support. Endless gratitude to the Britt bundo Hultgren, Ryan Famuliner & Ranger Gracie Girl
THANK YOU TO OUR WEATHERVANES: The 2018 visual artists; Laura Haynes & her Hawthorne Elementary students; Ann Mehr, Virginia Pfannenstiel & their Lee Elementary students; and Willy Wilson THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS, ESPECIALLY: Sarah Dresser; John Ott; Cory Hodapp; Mike Nolan; Brent Hazelrigg; Munir Mohammad and Shortwave Coffee; Gunter Hans; Catherine Armbrust; Alison Accurso; Matt Crook and Cafe Berlin; Dogwood Studios; Citizen Jane Film Festival; Stephens College, Maggy Rhein (for the wool); Tiger Hotel (for the sheets) SPECIAL THANKS TO THE APW: our hearts belong to you FIBER MAVENS: Shannon Canfield*, Ginny Muller*, Linda Reeder*, Chris Willow, Esther Landslide Stroh*, Kit Godfrey*, Julie Elman, Kathleen Reeves, Elizabeth Dudley*, Ella Stroh, Theresia St. Vrain*, Cindy Kerr* ART VOLUNTEERS: Bethany Ahlersmeyer, Jamie Blankinship, Joseph Blazis, Carol Brown, Jennifer Butler, Kelli Daugherty, Andrea DiCarlo, Amy Enderle, Lindsey Engle, Carley Ezell, Amy George, Julia Goerne, Brixton Goerne, Seda Guler, Grace Haun, Remy Hellstern, Alexis Hildebrand, Jennifer Jones, Don Jourdan, Katy Klymus, Violet Kroll, Abriana Lynch, Meredith Morrow, Kristin Nies, Isabella North, Ashley Phillips, Alan Reichard, Ted Sharp, Grace Urban, Stephanie Weber, Joseph Blazis, Megan Casady, Seda Guler, Elizabeth (Liz) Pfeiffer, Connor McGowan, Marie Olear*, Diane Parish*, Dani Perez*, Diane Parish*, Debra Blazis*, Harry Katz*, Sofia Celeste Tate*, Nathan Haggerman*
BUMPERS AND COMMERCIAL TEAM
DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Chelsea Myers ART DIRECTOR: Becca Sullinger MUSIC: Tim Pilcher, Monica Lord TEAM: Brian Doss, Josh Wright GEAR: Tiny Attic Productions, Spectrum Studios, Peace Frame Productions THANKS: Randy Sinquefield, Amy Myers, Chris Morrey COMMERCIAL VIDEOGRAPHERS: Kevin Mathein, Paul Mossine, Aaron Phillips, Nathan Wright COMMERCIAL MUSIC: Darin Seal COMMERCIAL VOICEOVER: Libby Gwynn
Thank You TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY
HOSPITALITY ROCKSTARS: Michael Coleman*, Beth Shepard, Jon Gottschalk, Molly Murphy, Gabby Galarza, Ty Berry, Emma Fristoe, PINEAPPLES FOREVER: Claire Chisholm, Andrea Gerke, Michael Coleman, Stephanie Kang, Heather Collins, Benji bockting, Kerri Schafer, Hongyuan Cao, Steven Hoeper, Tiana Williams, Jeannetta Hartley, Julie Frala, Molly Murphy, Emma Fristoe, Cody Graham, Debbie Branstetter, Brandon Buscher, Sarah Jost, David Dykstra, Cameron Reeves, Beth Shepard, Jonah Desneux, John Messer, Casey Scott, Emily Missler, Rafi Iasir, Dianna Rains, Gabby Galarza, Nate Jones, Landon Jones, Joseph Beible, Sandra Keeney, Paul Schlup, Ty-Kiera Berry, Pat Timberlake, Ruth Ann Burke, Keith Jones, Michelle King, Henry Fullmer, Emily Holtzclaw, Scott Lincoln, Dan Stapleton, Lisa Wright, Susan Rippey, Monica Pfeiffer, Stephen Lang, John White, Jenna Edwards, Jessica Kirchhofer, Walter Iman
SHOUT-OUTS TO: Adele Fritz, Megan Gore, Wil Udo, Cody Lasseter, Youjin Lin, Kelsey Lincoln, Zach Sullentrup, Jim Jung, Daniel Rynkewicz, Mandy Lupardus, Michaela Cash, Cody Kostbar, Skylar Coby, Lileana Moore, Bryan Farrar, Cheree Delong, Natalie Edelstein, Samantha Coloma, Siena Debolt, Bradee Williams, Emerald Obrien, and Dawni Henry. WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO: Matt Crook, Chelsea Myers, Em Downing, Eli Gay, Cafe Berlin; Sal Nuccio, Eastside Tavern; Matt Gerding, Pat Kay, Melina Loggia, Mike Nolan and the staff at The Blue Note & Rose Music Hall; Hitt Records; Landmark Bank; Ashwini Mantrala; Rae Fitzgerald; Kyle Cook; Taylor Bacon; Ryan Groom; Tony Layson; Jo Duncan; BXR; KOPN; KCOU.
Big ups to H.D. and the entire staff at the CoMo FedEx Office, with a special nod to Steve Rager, Cody Thomas, and Geoff Murphy for tweaking all those print settings over the years.
TEAM BOX OFFICE: Amanda Beck, Stacey Becker, Melody Blackis, Cortney Daniels, Alanta Free, Meaghan Freeman Ricks, Lisa Fritsche, Vince Geiger, Cindy Gergen, Jessica Greenstein, Ellen Hosmer, Raina Johnson, Robyn Kaufman, Mary Beth Litofsky, Callie Lockhart, Kelsey Morgret, Karen Potter, Bonnie Ricord, Kathryn Roberts, Brandi Robinson, Denise Schehl-Geiger, Ashley Schultz, Kate Sutton, Susan Wampler, Pam Williams*, Ellie Worsham Tech Support: Brad Griffith and Delta Systems, Jonathan & Gravity, and Socket
MERCH MANAGERS: Erin Weires*, Katie Elfer*, Lauren Miers*, and Luca Williams* SCARFMAKERS: Anna Lingo, Cassandra Rogers, Eleanor Merkerson, Elsa Kelley-Marcum, Kim Hilden, Lisa Higgins, Melody Nashan, and Shauna Marquardt. Thanks to Fast Yeti Custom Tees for donating their mistakes to our cause. FEATURED ARTISTS: Allison Coffelt, Andi Fink, Christian Simms, Fergus Moore, Jadie Arnett, Jared Geyer, Kate Moore, Kirsteen Buchanan, Meredith Morrow, Michael Marcum, Olivia Childs, Skip Harvey, and Wes Bonifay. And our amazing Graphic Designers, Jacky Adelstein, Clint McMillen and David Rygiol 148
Thank You THANK YOU MUSE TEAM for supporting our PopUps all year long. Sager Braudis Gallery for sharing their space, and Kelly, Katie & the Diggit team for making our merch dreams a wearable reality MERCH VOLUNTEERS: Teodora Agarici, Steve Andsager, Susan Currier, Courtney Devlin, Katie Essing, Kira Garvin, Rebecca Gibbs, Lori Hall-Arujo, Erika Holliday, Kerry Judge, Colleen Lee, Joy Martin, Renee Maxwell, Lydia Merkerson, Jane Moberg, Michelle Moberg, Simon Osler, John Petralia, Eynar Pineda*, Kate Smith, Emily Sullivant, Megan Waigandt, and Kate Watson*
JUBILEE, REALITY BITES, CLOSING NIGHT, BUSKERS LAST STAND: Samantha Jedlow* REALITY BITES & BUSKERS LAST WALTZ: Jennifer Roelands SHORTS RECEPTIONS: Joelle Fronzaglio* RE@CTION & SHORT CIRCUIT: Sam Baugher:* SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE & VOLUNTEER PARTY: Jamaca Nichols* CAMPFIRE STORIES, CHAUTAUQUA: Stacie Pottinger* FILMMAKER HAPPY HOUR, FILMMAKER FÃŠTE, CLOSING NIGHT: Cindy Sheltmire EVENT VOLUNTEERS: Lisa Bell, Kelly Buchheit, Taylor Carter, Michaela Cash, David Conkin, Catryna Craw, Taylor Dalton*, Cheree DeLong*, Jessica Dennis, Eric Dickey, Shawn Eaton*, Bryan Farrar, Diane Felton, Joelle Fronzaglio*, Katlyn Garrett*, Edom Gelan, Valerie Haffner, Michael Hendricks, Dawni Henry*, Darcy Higgins, Katie Horton, Carole Iles, Dylan Jackson, Kate Jacobsen, Lydia Jain, Samantha Jedlow, Ken Johnson, Madeline LeVota, Joseph Lurie, Ann Marion, Angelica Olmeda, Joel Perkins, Jeni Polacek, Anastasia Pottinger, Erica Raines, Karli Reynolds, Jennifer Roelands, Elise Schinsky, Breanna Schuett, Lee Sensintaffar, Brandy Shaw, Shelby Smith, Kevin Smith, Hannah Stanley, Brandy Tunmire, Emily Voss*, Sijia Ye, Austin Young, Selma Zweifel* Special thanks to the Blue Note security team
SUSTAINABILITY GREEN TEAM
Jared Andrews, Caroline Armstrong, Luke Brown, Al Cox Jr., Mark Curtin, Drew Deutschmann, Mary Diekmeier, Hannah Fegan, Joanie Fieser, Nathan Ford, Aric Gooch, Madeline Herries, Desiree Holloway, Ben Kreitner*, Amelia Littrell, Courtney Manning, Alexander Metro, Jerry Peters, Rachel Peterson, Dianna Rains*, Alana Rasmussen, Chloe Schmidt, Thomas Semkiw and Sydney Stewart. Special thanks to Carrie Hargrove with CCUA, John Taube* for coordinating our kitchen composting efforts
BOOZE CREW AKA TEAM BOOZE!
Booze Admiral Mark Alexiou would like to thank all the booze slingers: Adam Boisclair, Gayle & Ian Chang, Bettina & Mark Coggeshall, Kristen Dudenhoeffer, Julie Dworski, Jen Gigler, Tracy Greever-Rice, Madison Hennessey, Christa Holtzclaw, Anne Hunt, Becky Alexiou, Tom Hurley, Travis Jacobs, Shay Jasper, Sarah Kurre, Jeremy Landrey, Joslyn Lewis, Julie Kalaitzandonakes, Marie Kerl, Kara Leonard, Will Leonard, Shirley Lin, The David Lineberry, Freddie Lomas, Vanessa Martin, Evan Mehuys, Cheryl & Bob Miller, Kelsey & Clay Minchew, Virginia Muller, Linda Reeder, Dave Samorian, Cathy & Kit Salter, Dan Schneiderjohn, Becca Stock, Angie Storvick, Esther Stroh & Brycen Timmons Special thanks to the brewmasters and staff at Public House, Logboat, and 149
Thank You Rock Bridge breweries for all the tasty beer; and Peter Hofherr and the St. James Winery crew for their award-winning wines and McIntyre Hard Cider; as well as Keith Meyers and Tara Steffens of Pinckney Bend, distillers of exceptional gin, vodka and whiskey; and Kelly Collins of Major Brands, distributors of Flor de Caña rum
GIMME TRUTH! COORDINATOR: Steve Gieseke TROPHY DESIGN: Michael Marcum & Johnny Naugahyde DESIGNER: Steph Foley SPONSOR: Showtime Documentary Films Sean Brown & the rest of Columbia Access Television
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Jonathan Sessions & Kyle Huebotter THANKS: Gary Hustwit, Jessica Edwards, Karen Stout, Jonathan Matthew Hall VOLUNTEERS: Matthew Matlack, Muriira Mbogori, Riley Steinbrecher, Allison Bader, Annelise Moloney, Xiaoyu Wei, Runjie Wang, Marylou Ferrieri, Braden Kobeski
PRESS & PUBLICITY
Ryan Werner, Charlie Olsky - Cinetic Jo Duncan - The Beenders-Walker Group Amy Schneider, Megan McConachie - Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau
VIDEO DOCUMENTATION TEAM
TINY ATTIC STREET TEAM: Matt Schacht*, Kevin Mathein*, Aaron Phillips*, Tim Pilcher*, Nathan Wright*, Ben Hedrick*, Josh Wright*, Haley Myers, Blair Johnson, Ryan Wylie, Vernée Norman* COLUMBIA ACCESS TELEVISION: Autumn Brown, Sean Brown, Justin Gregory, Dustin Hawkins, Patricia Holt, Molly Loethen, Megan Peterson, Scotty Wright THE PICTUREHOUSE PORTRAIT PROJECT: Nathan Truesdell, Sam Spencer, Steve Rice, Nick Michael, Stacey Woelfel, and the MU Micro-Doc class
Jon Asher, Frank Finley*, Dan Gill*, Aung Htut, Robert Kennalley, Hannah Linsky, Rachel Penn, Kyle Perry, A.K. Sandhu, Bruno Vernaschi
‘THE CRADLE’ CHILD CARE INITIATIVE
Thanks to Liz Cook and Kickstarter for supporting filmmaker parents and staff in such a meaningful way, Ridgeway Community Preschool for providing space, and The Atelier School for designing an engaging creative program
Ronel Ghidey, Michael Heavener, Lynn Malley, Abigail Manzella, Tyler Otahal, Peggy O’Connor, Peggy Placier, Dale Potter*, Mike Rowson*, Kyle Sullivan*, Margaret Waddell, Katie Essing and The District for their help with Swag Bag creation.
THE APW THANKS
Megan Sheets, Drew Brooks, Tanner Morrell, Jake Ray, Brad Frazier, Dana Sample: our heroes at the City of CoMO; On the Level Carpentry & Remodeling: xoxo; Missouri River Relief: feats of extraordinary strength; Double M Metalworks: expertise and hours; John Ott: endless patience & 150
Thank You many permissions; John Durk; Sound Concepts; A1 Party & Event Rental; Occam’s Hammer; Michael Goldschmidt & his architectural design students; Boone County Lumber; and—as always—Michael Bacon
RAGTAG CINEMA: Steve Ruffin, Cory McCarter THE BLUE NOTE & ROSE MUSIC HALL: Matt Gerding, Scott Leslie, Adam Jones, Mike Nolan MISSOURI THEATRE & JESSE HALL: Robert Wells, Josh Reid, Chris Cullen, Evan Gentzler, Kari Napier, Eddy Bickford, Mary Maxwell FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Marvin Lindsay, Betsy Garrett, Preston Turley, Lora Lee Hensel, Nancy Foote, Tom Lutz RHYNSBURGER THEATRE: Brad Carlson, Joseph Lass TIGER HOTEL: Glyn Laverick, Carmen Kindling MISSOURI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Fred Leist, Adriene Floyd, Teressa Gilbreth, Jo Lee THE FIELDHOUSE: Jamie Fitzpatrick, Sally Steepleman FIRESTONE BAARS: Chandra Valentine COLUMBIA ART LEAGUE: Kerry Mullin, Karen Shortt-Stout ORR STREET STUDIOS: Ivy Case, Jenn Wiggs EASTSIDE TAVERN: Sal Nuccio CAFE BERLIN: Eli Gay VOLUNTEER HQ AKA ‘THE NEST’: Nic Parks T/F HQ OFFICE PALACE: Jeff Rioux & Lori Thweatt for putting up with late nights & loud debates T/F BOX OFFICE/SAGER BRAUDIS GALLERY: Joel Sager, Scott Braudis, Hannah Reeves, Amy Meyer, Jonny Pez PARTY PALACE: extra special thanks to John Ott
Kory Kaufman*, Rebecca Meisenbach*, Richard Reuben*, Will Fish, Eric Myers, Ashlee Slack, Avery Day, Brent Chivington, Kate Davenport*, Donna DeLong*, Bill Kalinkos, Anna Temple, Emma Tomes, Darin Tuck, DeAndre Winters*
VOLUNTEER HQ ‘NEST KEEPERS’
Megan Cates, John Corn, Levi Dolan, Nathan Ferguson, Heather Gillich, Sandy Gummersheimer, Haley Hodges, Rebecca Johnides, Christi Lero, Marlene Mannella, Youssef Rashed, Virginia Steiger, Raleigh Taylor, Dina van der Zalm
JESSE HALL: Jessica Reid* MISSOURI THEATRE: Marie Schaller SHOWTIME THEATRE @ THE BLUE NOTE: Ben Stewart THE PICTUREHOUSE: Emily Tracy-Smith* RHYNSBURGER THEATRE: Kate Mason* THE GLOBE: Maggie Bradley* FORREST THEATER: Megan Clark* RAGTAG CINEMA: Seth Lanning CAMPFIRE STORIES: Emily Shurtz*
Thank You ASSISTANT VENUE CAPTAINS
Ashley Cole*, Faridah Gbadamosi*, Kristin Nolan*, Alina Morelock*, Stan Schwartz*, Erin Renee Roberts*, Tyler Parton*, Rachel Urban*, Anna Guthrie*, Sara Haslag*, Rob Bowling*, Christine Tremblay*, Orevia Vongsa*, Sean Duan*, Jenna Redel*, Jeremy Howard*, Eileen Level*, Betty Tweedy*, Bernie McDonald*, Morgan Buscher*, Lindsay Morrison*
Sam D’Agostino*, Bill Oakley*, Morgan Williams*, Jamie Varvaro*, Danielle Swernofsky*, Amy Moum*, Emily Roberts*, Esther Ellis*, Melissa Roach*, Guinevere Sheafer*, Dana Smith*, Jordan Roach*, Sapna Khatri*, Travis Ernst*
PARADE MARSHAL & KING OF QUEENS: Ron Ribiat QUEEN OF QUEENS: Robin Morrison Sandy Belden, Jeff Belden, Kristina Bradley, Abbie Brown*, Lizzie Bryan, Andrea Collette, Michele Curry, Will Fandek, Kelsey Forqueran*, Tyler Frazier, Beth Hunter*, Adrian Kelly, Rochara Knight, Melissa MacGowan*, Carolyn Magnuson*, Susan McCullough*, Barbara Ramsbottom, Christina Roberts, Emily Rosen, Cassidy Shearrer, Carrie Smarr, Brittany Smith, Reneise White
Jamie Gonçalves, Steve Witzig (ringmaster) Jason Silverman (senior ringleader), Jaad Asante, Emily Best, Steven Bognar, Iyabo Boyd, Lyric Cabral, Ashley Clark, Allison Coffelt, Gaylene Gould, Mara Gourd-Mercado, Matt Holzman, Eric Hynes, Polina Malikin, Eddie Martinez, Luke Moody, Omar Mullick, Josh Penn, Julia Reichert, Vanessa Renwick, Stephanie Shoneken, Kyle Smith, Naomi Walker, Noland Walker, Ryan Wylie, Farihah Zaman
VIDEO ENGINEERS: James Bond, Brian Hupke, Joaquin de la Puente, Travis Bird PROJECTIONISTS: Alex Fountain, Ashley Nagel, Brian Morataya, Cassady Brown, Chris Bredenberg, Chris Simpson, Kate Bost, Ryan Gardner Smith, Sara Meyers, Sergio Andres Lobo-Navia, Steve Ruffin, Tony Kress, Tony Layson AUDIO TECHS: Joy Kaplan, Jeremy Govero, Joseph Mitchell, Freddie Wyss, Carl Banks, Mitch Tucker, Morgen Sharp, Bruce Thomson, Charles Midkiff, Daniel Browning, Evan Spaulding, John Shafer, Justin Giles, Ryan Lupardus LIGHTING: Mike McElroy, Husain Agha, Paula Herrera-Gudino Print Traffic, DCP & Inspections: Adrienne Barbero, Dan Steffen, Michael Coleman TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS: Chris Howe, Court King, Dylan McCord, Justin Dennis
CREW CHIEFS: Auben Galloway*, Fergus Moore*, Jeff Barrow*, Jody Schomaker*, Justin Gregory*, Marie Kerl*, Matt Schacht*, Michael Stroh*, Vernon White*, Caitlin Vore* SUBD VOLUNTEERS: John Alden, Heidi Allemann, Larry Bakker, Gary Bassett, Yasmine Benchaabane, Alex Bergman, Zooey Brewer, David Brockhouse, Esther Brooks, Scott Claybrook, Aidan Cornelison, Michael Currier, Rory Doehring*, Kat Erdel, Sammy Fieser, Bella Foote, Philip Gresham, Sandy Gummersheimer, Jeannetta Hartley*, Ed Henleben, Garrison Herries, Jacob Holtgrieve, Art Jeffrey, Sarah Justice*, Kevin Kivlahan, Jeff Larson, Jane 152
Thank You McElroy, Mike McElroy*, Andrew McEnery*, Duane Mobley, Jean Neely, John Nichols*, Max Overshiner, Dakota Parkinson, Julie Pautler*, Bryan Pepper*, Dale Potter*, Alana Rasmussen, Ben Reid, John Sadler, Bobby Schembre*, Clint Shannon, Alexandria Sieckmann, Barbie Skinner, Lilly Smith, Geoff Spaulding*, Amber Spriggs, John Steiger, Ginny Trauth*, Brandon Tyler, Emily Voss*, Jessica Weiss*, Nic Weiss*, Preston Williams, Martin Wills*, JT Wolfsonberg, Gabby Zimmermann, George Zimny
John Crane*, Kat Erdel, John Fierke*, Douglas Freeman*, Maggie Licklider*, Jane McElroy*, Bobby Schembre*, Matthew Shannon*, Bob Youngquist, George Zimny*
Kim Dillon, John Fick, Peter Kouba, Melissa Kouba, Paige Patterson, Ryan Silver
Josh Beck, Amanda Bednarek, Lonita Benson, Kayleen Brady, Samantha Brown, Linda Brown, Olivia Childs*, Sally Cochran, Mikala Compton, Bailey Conard, Megan Dollar, Shawn Eaton*, Dan Fritz*, Cameron Grahl, Alyssa Gutwein, Hannah Humphrey, Madeline Inslee, Patrick Kennedy, Naomi Klinge, Melissa Maddox, Kolin Mattinglu, Madison Montoya, Sara Nelson, Isaac Parrish, Jeffrey Perkins, Karli Reynolds, Tawnya Rivers, Julia Schaller, Seanna Schondelmeyer, Anne Eilis Schwab, Starla Starke, Evelyn Stone, Joe Strnad, Maribel Urrutia, Shaina Vangilder, Natalie Wells, Ashlyn West
Kimberly Ackley, Silvia Aguila, Heidi Allemann, Donna Alrutz, Olivia Apperson, Stephanie Atkinson, Africa Baker*, Marie Baptistin, Amanda Barner, Fatima Bhaiwala, Lori Bharadwaj, Abigail Blitz, Judith Bock, Kyle Boffa, Ingrid Bohnenkamp, Catherine Bohnert, Sunitha Bosecker, Marian Bouchot, Patrick Bowey, Kevin Bowman*, Barret Brooks, Haley Broughton, Emily Brown, Nathanael Brundage, Taylor Brundage, Alexis Cettina, Kira Chatham, Marc Chauvin*, Rui Chen, Prince Chingarande, Christian Cmehil-Warn, Bethany Coble, Josette Coffman, Claire Colby, Mikala Compton, Kyle Cornellier, Catryna Craw, Kelly Davis, Kaylee DeMoss, Teryn Deshler, Ellen DeVoss, Ellen Diao, Michael DiBenedetto, Nick Dickens, Megan Dollar, Lucy Dollinger, Jay Encina, Hephzibah Eniade, Elizabeth Enrooth, Alex Estes, Benjamin Ewing, Eva Ewing, Yuan Feng, Christopher Filer, Lidia Freire, Ally Friend, Sarah Frost, Edward Frumkin*, Laura Frymire, Nicole Fulcher, Kaitlyn Garrison, Leila Gassmann, Edom Gelan, Persephone Gloeckner-Suits, Sarah Godke, Emmaline Goff, Genoveva Gomez-Lince, Alexia Gonzalez, Ellen Goodrich, Cameron Grahl, Natalie Gray, Joanna Griffith, Jenna Grundtner, Gabby Guerra, Alyssa Gutwein, Emma Hardy, Nick Harl, Seth Harvey, Lily Hobbs, Allison Inglebright, Art Jeffrey, Ken Johnson, Darian Julun, Adam Jung, Marlaina Kaine, Cheryl Kelley, Katie Kinder, Marissa Kraus, Jeff Kuhn, Mariana Labbate, Kristy Lai Zhou, Bonnie Lee, Julien Level Willson, Heng Li, Beeler Lile, Emily Lind, Lauren Livesay, GAil Ludwig, Calli Luna, Zhongyang Lyu, Melissa Maddox, Jacob Maffuccio, Grace Malloy, Camille Manary, Ann Marion, Kolin Mattinglu, Alison McCall, Kylie McCalmont, Amelia McEntire, Debra McFarland, Lauren McFarland, Tessa McGartland, Isla McNamara, Ashley McWilliams, Kevin Meyer, Sandra Micken, Nicole Minardi, Claire Mitzel, Odalis Montero, Madison Montoya, Ian Mosier, Amanda Moy, Danielle Mueller, Alicia 153
Thank You Murphy, Michael Nguyen, Adam Nickel, Christine Orzechowski, Katlyn Otto, Selita Paea, Di Pan, Colin Pearson, Joel Perkins, Risa Perkins, Josie Plowman, Ilinca Popescu, Jonné Pratt, Cathy Price, Monique Quayle Mendoza, Sofia Ramirez, Joel Ray, Nancy Ray, Debaditya Raychaudhury, Haley Reinhardt, Karli Reynolds, Sarah Richardson, Tawnya Rivers, Zoe Romyn, Miae Ryu, Julia Schaller, Denise Schehl-Geiger, Elise Schinsky, Breanna Schuett, Jasmine Schwartz, Caryn Scoville, Joan Seidel-Petralia, Brandy Shaw, Holly Sher, Kyra Shipp, Tracey Singer, Anna Sirianni, Felicity Skelton, Shelby Smith, Megan Liz Smith, Justin Spasovski, Riley Steinbrecher, Ember Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens, Alissa Steward, Kim Stewart, Suzanne Stilwell, Evelyn Stone, Heather Tearney, Sydni Thompson, Michaela Thomson, Tyler Threatt, Jessica Tifase, Brandy Tunmire, Maribel Urrutia, Sebastian Velazquez, Natasha Middle Vyhovsky, James Walrup, Xuezhao (Roxanne) Wan, Eunice Wang, Jordan Weinberg, Alexandria Wells, Kaitlin Westfall, Savannah Williams, Peggy Winters, Madison Wright, Austin Young, Yuetong Zhao, Alexandra Zurawik
SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN ARMS
EARLY ADOPTERS: Lorah Steiner, Cindy Sheltmire, Marie Nau Hunter, Richard King, Holly Roberson ON THE CIRCUIT: Jess Search & Beadie Finzi, Phil Engelhorn, Leah Giblin, Janet Pierson, Cara Cusumano, Luke Moody, Keri Putnam, Kristin Feeley, Emilie Brujes, John Cardellino & Tabitha Jackson, Hussain Currimbhoy, David Courier, Eugene Hernandez, Cara Mertes, Raj Roy, Charlotte Cook, Maëlle Guenegues, Thom Powers, Jaie LaPlante, Diane Weyermann, Eric Hynes, Basil Tsiokas, Tom Hall, Noah Cowan & Rachel Rosen, Martijn te Pas, Artur Liebhart, Sara García, Meghan Monsour, Shane Smith, Brian Ackerman, Sandi Dubowski, Genevieve DeLaurier, Dan Nuxoll, Dominic Davis, Josh Braun, Jason Ishikawa, Kate Hurwitz, and Dana O’Keefe OUR FEST FAMILY: Against Gravity, Ambulante, Bend, Camden, Full Frame, Hot Docs, IDFA, IFP, Locarno, Morelia, MoMA Doc Fortnight, PlayDoc, RIDM, Rooftop Films, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, SLIFF, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Sheffield, Telluride & Toronto, Visions du Reel, Yamagata
LIFE, LOVE AND MENTAL STABILITY
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SUPPORT OUR MISSION TRUE/FALSE IS A PROJECT of the not-for-profit Ragtag Film Society, which also operates the year-round Ragtag Cinema here in Columbia, Mo, and is made possible in part by the generous financial support of donors who believe in our mission. Donations may be made through the programs described below, and general contributions are also accepted. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To find out more about how you could support the mission of True/False and Ragtag, please contact Lisa Schwartz, T/F Development Director, at 573. 673.9591 or email@example.com or Tracy Lane, Executive Director of Ragtag Film Society, at 573.424.9533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRUE LIFE FUND IN 2007, True/False film fest created the True Life Fund, a philanthropic effort that raises money and awareness for the subjects of a new nonfiction film each year. The True Life Fund offers tangible assistance to real-life subjects of a film and acknowledges that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories given to us by people who are often of limited means. Support for the True Life Fund comes from outreach within the Columbia community and generous donations from True/False attendees. Donations to the 2018 TLF film may be given in person at all screenings of Primas, online at truelifefund.org, or by texting any amount to 573.818.2151. Additionally, we accept and encourage gifts to the Fund throughout the year; those received by March 31 will be donated to the subjects of that yearâ€™s True Life film, April and beyond will go toward the next yearâ€™s fund. The Fund is presented by The Crossing, a local church in Columbia, and is supported in part by a grant from the Bertha Foundation. 160
THE RAGTAG LEGACY FUND IN 2013, Bill Bondeson and Linda Butterfield Cupp established the Ragtag Film Society Legacy Fund in memory of Willy Wilson, the beloved longtime voice of Ragtag, local thespian, high school teacher, dragon designer, and, of course, David Wilsonâ€™s dad. The Legacy Fund exists to support the long-term health, vitality, and sustainability of Ragtag Cinema and True/False; extend the community and educational outreach programs of the cinema and the fest; and ensure that the cinema and fest remain affordable for the average Columbia resident. The minimum contribution to join the the Legacy Fund is $5,000 in cash or stock. LEGACY FUND DONORS Bill Bondeson and Linda Butterfield Cupp, Diane Booth and Jeanne Sebaugh, Ron and Judy Carter, Kathleen Ehrhardt, Barbara Fairman, Michael and Emy Friedman, Bill and Barb Froke, Joanne Fulton, Barry and Pam Gainor, Betsy Garrett, Carol Hurt, Aaron and Nikki Krawitz, Doris Littrell, Amy McCombs, Ann and David Mehr, R. Michael and Susan E. Roberts, Jerry and Judy Schermer, Sally Silvers, Tom Smith, Vicky Riback Wilson, Harriet and Bill Yelon, D&BJ Family
PAY THE ARTISTS! THE PAY THE ARTISTS! (PTA) INITIATIVE is part of a larger effort to create a sustainable ecosystem for nonfiction filmmakers, who often lose money bringing their work into the world. Festivals increasingly act as a de facto substitute for movie houses, and crowdfunding and foundation grants are often not enough to support getting oneâ€™s film out there. The True/False PTA program exists as a partial remedy to this problem. Since 2014, PTA members have enabled T/F to award an honorarium to each visiting filmmaking team, in addition to covering all travel, lodging and meal expenses. In 2018, 39 filmmaking teams will receive $765 each. We hope to increase this fund each year and eventually be able to offer $1,000 per filmmaker. Funds for the PTA are provided through three-year financial gifts of a minimum of $10,000 per year from patrons who care deeply about the future of nonfiction filmmaking. Half of the funds are given directly to filmmakers, and half are used to support the programming activities of the festival. PAY THE ARTISTS! DONORS Holly Roberson and John Goldstein, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Pete Kingma and Thom Lambert, Maida Lynn, Jonathan Murray, Amanda and Matthew VanderTuig, J.A. and H.G Woodruff Jr. Charitable Trust
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HOW TO THERE ARE MANY FACETS to True/False and many things that your T/F pass will do for you. Within the next few pages, you can find all the details about how and when to use your pass, how to use the Q system, and what is NRT, anyway? Youâ€™ll also find food, drinks, ATMs, bus stops, and taxi stands, and learn a little bit about our efforts to be more sustainable and accessible to all patrons. A quick read of our how-to section will provide you with a road map for a successful T/F experience.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018 Join True/False for a leisurely late-summer bike ride down the Katy Trail from downtown Columbia to the Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport. Along the way, enjoy trailside surprises, buskers, and local treats. The day culminates in a bluff-top picnic, concert and outdoor screening of a new documentary â€”all under the stars and overlooking the Missouri River.
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1. WHERE DOES THE FEST TAKE PLACE?
Our box office is in the Sager Braudis Gallery, 1025 E. Walnut Street. Films screen at Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre (presented by Landmark Bank), Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note, The Picturehouse (Missouri United Methodist Church, presented by Missouri Department of Conservation), Rhynsburger Theatre, The Globe (First Presbyterian Church), Forrest Theater (inside the Tiger Hotel, presented by Renew Missouri), and Ragtag Cinema. For complete venue information, see pages 181-185, and for a guide to walking times between venues, see the schedule grid.
2. WHEN IS THE BOX OFFICE OPEN?
Wednesday, Feb 28, noon–8pm: Passes, wristbands, & Gateway pickup ONLY Thursday, March 1, 9am–10pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup Friday, March 2, 9am–10pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup Saturday, March 3, 9am–10pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup Sunday, March 4, 9am–5pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup Monday, March 5, 9am–5pm: Merch sales
3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PASS AND A TICKET?
A pass is a laminated badge that allows general festival access. Passes cannot be shared. A ticket is for one screening of a film and, providing you show up on time, guarantees you a seat. If you are a passholder, you must present your pass with your ticket. Tickets issued to passholders are linked to passes and are nontransferable. Passes and reserved tickets must be picked up at the T/F Box Office. If you are not a passholder, you may purchase individual tickets when the box office opens on Thursday, March 1. Do not lose your tickets—they are irreplaceable!
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How to fest 4. HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
Single film tickets are $12 at the box office or $14 at the door/Q. The closing night film ticket is $16 at the box office (includes reception), $14 at the door/Q (no reception). Student tickets are $10 at the box office for films at any venue and $10 at the Q for films at Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, and Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note. Students pay $14 at the Q for all other venues. Must present a valid student ID at time of purchase. Does not include the closing night film.
5. CAN I GET A REFUND?
Refunds will NOT be given for ticket purchases at the box office.
6. CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR TO A VENUE?
We recommend first checking at the box office to see if tickets are available. If tickets do remain, they will be sold at the box office until 15 minutes prior to the screening. After that, available tickets are sold at the venue. If a film goes NRT, empty seats will be filled at the venue via the Q system.
7. WHAT DOES “NRT” MEAN? WHY DON’T YOU JUST SAY “SOLD OUT”?
NRT stands for “no reserve tickets,” and it means the tickets for a film have been purchased or reserved by passholders. Although there are no longer tickets at the box office, there is still a good chance you can get in at the door. Inevitably, some of the people who reserved tickets don’t show up, and those seats ARE available via the Q!
8. HOW DOES THE “Q” WORK?
The Q is your chance to get in at the door of a movie for which you were unable to get a ticket. Beginning 60 minutes before a film, get a Q number from the Queen at the venue—look for the most flamboyant person you can find. (You may line up for a Q number earlier, but we won’t give them out until one hour before the film.) With your Q number, you can leave the line to grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat instead of waiting at the venue. 15 minutes prior to the start of the film, come back to the Q and the venue staff will begin to release available seats. If there are 15 seats left, 1 through 15 in the Q will get in, etc. Don’t be late! If you return to the Q after your number is called, you’ll have to go to the back of the line. Passholders receive free admission; nonpassholders pay at the time of admission. The Q is a fun place to be—mingling with fellow festivalgoers and contributing to the spirit of the fest. MO THEATRE Friday
Use the Q, win a Simple pass! Recycle your Q in the Queen's Q bag at each theater, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a Simple pass for T/F 2019. Just fill out your name and email address on the back of your Q number and drop it in the bag. We draw one lucky winner every night of the fest (Thurs.-Sun.) and email the winners!
9. WHAT IS THE NEW SUNDAY ADMISSION OPTION ALL ABOUT?
The Sunday Spree is a brand-new type of festival access—in the form of a oneday wristband. A Spree allows reservations for one ticket of a Sunday screening, additional Sunday tickets when the box office opens for ticket sales, and free Q privileges for any other screenings on the Sunday of the fest. 167
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How to fest 10. WHAT IS THE GATEWAY PACKET? IS IT A PASS?
The Gateway packet is NOT a pass, but a packet of three preselected tickets. Gateway does not come with pass privileges, such as picking up additional tickets at the box office or free admission via the Q. Gateway tickets cannot be exchanged. You can pick up your ticket packet starting on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from noon to 8pm.
11. I HAVE A SIMPLE PASS. CAN I SEE MORE THAN 10 FILMS? YES! Your Simple pass provided up to 10 tickets online before the fest. However, during the fest you can come to the box office and request additional free tickets to any film that isn’t NRT, including Thursday films. You can also Q for free for any film if you don’t have a ticket for the film. As always, one ticket per film, per passholder—no duplicates.
12. I SPRANG FOR THE SUPER OR SILVER CIRCLE PASS! HOW DOES THE “WALK-UP” PRIVILEGE WORK?
Super & Silver Circle passholders have walk-up access for any screening at Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, or Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note. Even without a ticket, as long as you arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of the film, you’re guaranteed admission. At smaller venues, things work differently. To be guaranteed a seat at The Picturehouse, Rhynsburger Theatre, Forrest Theater, The Globe, or Ragtag, you must reserve tickets or get them from the box office and arrive at least 10 minutes before showtime. If you don’t have a ticket, show up at least 15 minutes early and find the Silver Circle Bay (hint: look for a big silver circle). As long as there are seats available, you’ll be let in ahead of the rest of the Q (but after ticket-holders & PTA patrons).
13. HOW DOES NEITHER/NOR WORK?
Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Neither/Nor is T/F's exploration of “chimeric” cinema, i.e. filmmaking that contains elements of fiction and nonfiction. In collaboration with our programming team, a visiting film critic curates this special sidebar of older films. All film programs in the series will screen at Ragtag. All programs are free! Festival ticketing applies—passholders can reserve tickets online or Q for free. For nonpassholders, free tickets can be picked up at the T/F Box Office, or via the Q with no charge, should the screenings go NRT.
14. I LIKE FILMS OK, BUT I REALLY LIKE MUSIC! CAN I COME TO THE CONCERTS?
Our Busker Band gets you access to all festival showcases and concerts. The band is a nontransferable wristband, which also comes with one film ticket voucher. The voucher can be exchanged for a hard ticket at the box office (starting on Thursday, March 1) or used in the Q for admission at any theater. The Busker Band does not grant access to prescreening busker performances (other than the film you chose to attend), special events, or parties. If a showcase or concert reaches capacity, admission will be on a space-available basis.
15. I’M CONFUSED ABOUT EVENT ACCESS. WHO CAN ATTEND WHAT?
The Jubilee: Free (no ticket req.) for LUX, SILVER CIRCLE and SUPER CIRCLE passholders. For the film after the ball, reserved tickets are required for all elligible pass levels. Simple passholders and general public may Q for the film. 169
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How to fest RE@CTION Party: Free (no ticket req.) for LUX, SILVER CIRCLE and SUPER CIRCLE passholders. Reality Bites: Free (no ticket req.) for LUX, SILVER CIRCLE and SUPER CIRCLE passholders. For the film after the ball, reserved tickets are required for all elligible pass levels. Simple passholders and general public may Q for the film. Campfire Stories: Free for all passholders with a reserved ticket. Ticket required for event admission. For nonpassholders, remaining tickets are $12 at the box office or $14 via the Q. Short Circuit Party: Free (no ticket req.) for SILVER CIRCLE and SUPER CIRCLE passholders. Filmmaker FĂŞte: Free (ticket automatically included in your packet) for SUPER CIRCLE and SILVER CIRCLE passholders. Gimme Truth!: Free for all passholders with a reserved ticket. Ticket required for event admission. For nonpassholders, remaining tickets are $12 at the box office, or $14 via the Q. Chautauqua/Post-Chautauqua Elevenses: Free for all passholders with a reserved ticket. Ticket required for event admission. For nonpassholders, remaining tickets are $12 at the box office or $14 via the Q. Elevenses is open to all who attended the Chautauqua as well as all Super and Silver Circle passholders. Closing Night Film and Reception: Free for all passholders with a reserved ticket. Ticket required for event admission. Remaining tickets are $16 for nonpassholders. Buskers Last Stand/Waltz: Free (no ticket req.) for all passholders; also open to everyone who attended the final screening at Missouri Theatre/ Jesse Auditorium. Toasted: Free* and open to all (*Admission is free; Waffles are not.) Field Sessions, March March, The Art Ramble, and the Transmedia Arcade: Free open to all. For more information about events, see pages 127-141. For information about busker showcases, see pages 77-81.
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How to fest 16. WHERE CAN I GET MY HANDS ON MERCHANDISE?
During the festival, there is a merch store inside the T/F Box Office, which is open during the same hours as the box office. Merch is also for sale at the box office on Monday, March 5, 9am-5pm. Additionally, there are merch stations at Jesse Hall and Missouri Theatre during the hours when film screenings take place in those venues. New in 2018—we’ll also have a Vintage Merch Airstream! Located in The Sculpture Yard, open Friday noon-7pm, Saturday 10am - 8pm & Sunday 10am-7pm. Throughout the rest of the year, True/False merchandise is available at our Muse Pop Up (22 S. Ninth St.) and online at truefalse.org.
17. CAN MY PASS BE REVOKED?
Yes. True/False can revoke your pass without refund if you are disruptive to other guests at any event during the Fest. We appreciate your daring confrontation of the films, directors, and guests, but any disruption (at our discretion) that is an intentional attempt to interrupt, subvert or threaten any program can result in immediate and permanent revocation of your pass and pass revocation of anyone else in your party.
18. CAN I RECORD A/V IN THE THEATERS?
Recording any audio or video in any manner and through any medium is strictly prohibited in all theaters of the True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Film Society. Anyone found to be making any such recording shall be subject to removal from the theater, revocation of any pass allowing entrance to the Fest without refund, confiscation of any equipment and storage media used in the recording, and criminal and/or civil prosecution.
19. I’M STILL CONFUSED . . .
Ticketing and box office details are probably the most complex aspect of any film festival. We’ve done our best to make this understandable, but we know it may still seem a little murky. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us (email@example.com) or call 573.442.TRUE (8783).
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NAVIGATING T/F WALKING
Old-fashioned traipsing is definitely doable and recommended, as the most far-flung film venues in the T/F footprint—Jesse to the south and the Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note to the north—are roughly half a mile apart, or about 10 minutes’ walk. For all venue walking times, reference the schedule grid insert.
BIKING Pedal power will get you around the festival quickly and easily
while avoiding parking headaches and keeping the air cleaner. There are lots of places to park your bike; look for the bike corrals at some of the busier downtown intersections. Need a bike? Rent one at Walt’s Bike Shop (573.886.9258). Walt’s Bike Shop will offer a free bike inspection and tuneup station at Ninth and Cherry, Friday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
TAXI Hail a taxi from any of the taxi stands located throughout downtown.
The locations are marked on the map on the inside back cover. Call ahead to Taxi Terry’s (573.441.1414) or 5 Star Taxi (573.449.7827).
PARKING There are several parking garages within walking distance of
True/False venues, as well as ample on-street, metered parking throughout downtown (most meters have a two-hour limit). Meters are enforced from 9am-7pm Monday through Saturday. Parking in downtown city garages is free after 6pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. The 10th & Cherry garage* is restricted to permit-only parking on the 2nd & 3rd levels; the restriction is only in place Thursday and Friday of the Fest. Hourly parking at the Short Street garage is available in metered parking spaces only during all of T/F 2018. Spaces marked as “Reserved” are designated as such 24/7 and should not be parked in. Please note that many bagged meters are used by T/F staff for loading and unloading throughout the fest; we appreciated attendees leaving those spots free.Select spaces in lower levels of the Short Street garage are available for metered parking during all of T/F 2018.
TAKE THE BUS
All pass- and ticket-holders can ride any Go COMO route for free during the fest (Thursday through Sunday). On those days, Go COMO will run a special T/F route (will say “T/F LOOP" on the front) in addition to its normal downtown loop, which stops near all T/F venues (total loop time: 20 minutes); and the downtown bus makes a wider loop that includes the University of Missouri and Stephens College campuses (total loop time: 30 minutes). Look for the T/F banner on the side of the bus. The T/F route can be found on the map on the inside back cover.
Thursday, March 1: 3pm–1:30am Friday, March 2: 9am–1:30am Saturday, March 3: 9am–1:30am Sunday, March 4: 9am–1:30am
Thursday, March 1: 6:30am–8pm Friday, March 2: 6:30am–8pm Saturday, March 3: 10am–8pm
Track the Go COMO buses in real time using the Go COMO app or by visiting www.gocomotransit.com to see where the bus is at any given time.
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COLUMBIA PROUD HOME OF THE TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST In the early spring, Columbia bursts to life with a weekend full of nonfiction films, music showcases, captivating Q&A sessions, thought-provoking art, and even a parade! True/False not only celebrates the most groundbreaking documentary films, it also showcases all of the amazing things Columbia has to offer. We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and an engaged community. Weâ€™re also a friendly and welcoming community, with a thriving downtown and an abundance of cultural opportunities. Weâ€™re Columbia... What You Unexpect!
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ACCESSIBILITY We endeavor to ensure that the fest is accessible to all, so along with the aforementioned advice and services, we also work with the city and our venues to provide the following accommodations.
ACCESSIBLE PARKING The City of Columbia will waive the hourly limit for accessible metered parking during the festival to accommodate those who want to grab a bite and catch a show (note that ADA hangtags will continue to be enforced and normal parking meter fees will apply).
VENUE ACCESSIBILITY All film and public special-event venues
have wheelchair accessible entries, exits, restrooms, and access to festprovided drinking water stations. Festival staff are happy to provide needed assistance, and venue management (Venue Captains and Assistant Venue Captains) are specifically trained to provide exceptional assistance for persons with disabilities. If you require assistance, please check in with venue staff when you arrive at the venue. Persons with disabilities may arrive at a venue and/or enter a venue early if needed, either to be seated (if you have a ticket) or to wait in a seat in the lobby (if you are using the Q). If this is something that you require, please check in with the Venue Captain when you arrive at the venue or contact Operations Director Camellia Cosgray at least 24 hours before the event (e.g., the first day of the fest or the time of the screening). Contact info below.
SUBTITLES + ASL INTERPRETATION We offer sign language
interpretation at select festival Q&As and events; those screenings and events are designated as such in the schedule, both in our program book and online. Noted by: . Because of the large number foreign-language films that we program each year, nearly half of the festival films are subtitled. Please note that these films are subtitled, not close-captioned. These are also designated as such in the schedule, both in our program book and online. Noted by: .
ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES The two screens at Ragtag
Cinema as well as the three theaters located on the University of Missouri Campusâ€”Rhynsburger Theatre, Missouri Theatre, and our largest festival venue, Jesse Auditoriumâ€”provide a limited number of assistive listening devices. To access listening devices at those venues, check in with venue staff when you arrive at the venue. The other venues used for our festival are not year-round theaters, so their facilities are not equipped with the systems necessary to provide listening or other similar devices.
QUESTIONS? For more information about festival accessibility, please contact Operations Director Camellia Cosgray at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 573.442.8783.
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DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA ACCESSIBILITY MAP
ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICE AVAILABLE WALNUT 04
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10 Cafe Berlin 11 Calvary Episcopal Church 12 Rose Music Hall
02 Jesse Auditorium 03 Missouri Theatre 04 Showtime Theater 05 06 07 08 09
@ The Blue Note The Picturehouse Rhynsburger Theatre The Globe Forrest Theater Ragtag Cinema
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Columbia Art League Fieldhouse Firestone Baars Chapel Orr Street Studios
MAP ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT TRUEFALSE.ORG/ACCESSIBILITY Further detail regarding accessible entrances and elevators are available on . Download the app for an interactive fest map.
T/F Queens (the flamboyantly dressed characters outside of venues) will be able to assist with entrances, elevators, and seating.
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1025 E. Walnut â€” Sager Braudis Gallery PRESENTED BY MU HEALTH CARE
Owners and art enthusiasts Joel Sager and Scott Braudis helped revitalize the North Village Arts District with this elegant, welcoming gallery space. Housed in the historic Berry Building (once a grocery, rumored to have run a speakeasy in its basement during Prohibition), Sager Braudis Gallery features local and non-local artists, both emerging and established, including its annual masters exhibit with work by well-known mid-century artists such as Picasso and Miro.
JESSE HALL Jesse Hall, centerpiece of the University of Missouri, is named after Richard Henry Jesse, an early president of the university. In 1895, the hall replaced the original administration building, Academic Hall, which had been destroyed by fire three years earlier. The columns from that building still stand in the center of Francis Quadrangle. The high dome, which is visible from many parts of the city, was inspired by the dome on the 1870s Connecticut State Capitol building. In 1954, an addition on the east side allowed the expansion and renovation of Jesse Auditorium as a live venue. 181
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MISSOURI THEATRE 203 S. Ninth St.
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The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts is Columbiaâ€™s last and grandest movie palace. It opened in 1928 with Buster Keatonâ€™s Steamboat Bill, Jr. In 1953, Commonwealth Theatres bought the theater and ran it into the ground in the 1980s before selling it to United Artists, which wanted to gut the theater to turn it into a multiplex. Thankfully, it was saved in 1987 when the Missouri Symphony Society bought it for its new home. In 2001, Ragtag and the Symphony Society began raising funds for a new projector; on Nov. 15, 2002, the theater showed its first 35mm feature in almost 15 years, a sold-out screening of Sing-along Sound of Music. The theater saw a multi-million-dollar makeover in 2008 and was purchased by the University of Missouri in 2011, securing a long and glorious future. In 2015, T/F and the university joined forces to purchase a digital projector.
SHOWTIME THEATER @ THE BLUE NOTE 17 N. Ninth St.
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The Blue Note has been a Columbia institution for concerts and more since 1980. The seed was planted in 1975, when Pennsylvania native Richard King, on his way to California, made a detour to visit his friend Kevin Walsh, a graduate student at MU. Five years later, after a stint presenting shows at a downtown hotel, King partnered with Phil Costello, a bartender at Brief Encounter (on the Business Loop, now Club Vogue). They bought the bar and renamed it The Blue Note, and it became a haven for the best independent rock of its day: R.E.M., Pixies, the Replacements. Then King learned that an old vaudeville house (the Varsity Theater) was for sale. The Varsity was built in 1927 by Tom C. Hall, a prominent businessman involved with several other theaters in town. In 1990, King moved The Blue Note and restored tiered seating in the balcony. After 34 years, King passed the torch to Scott Leslie and Matt Gerding (a Columbia native), who had established the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2014, the duo spiffed up the interior and kicked off a new era for a storied downtown icon. 182
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THE PICTUREHOUSE 204 S. Ninth St.
MISSOURI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PRESENTED BY MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
For the sixth straight year, the festival is hosted in the Missouri United Methodist Church’s 2006 annex, built on the burial grounds of a Wendy’s restaurant. This two-story, stucco-covered building is a prominent feature between downtown and the University of Missouri campus. The gorgeous Gothic revival church to its north features Indiana limestone walls with massive pointed arches and slender peaked buttresses. It opened in 1929, within a year of the Missouri Theatre’s opening across the street.
RHYNSBURGER THEATRE 505 Hitt St. (SW corner of Hitt & University) At the center of the building housing MU’s departments of theater, music, and art is a theater named after the legendary Professor Donovan Rhynsburger. In 1925, the professor became the producing director of the Missouri Workshop Theatre, started by a small group of aspiring student thespians. The workshop presented 250 productions over the next 35 years, including rooftop plays every summer on top of the education building. Essentially a one-person department, Rhynsburger played the roles of teacher, director, and producer and scenic, lighting, and costume designer. He founded a one-act playwriting contest, won in 1930 by journalism major Tennessee Williams. In 1960, his dream of an academic program in theater, housed in a fully equipped facility, was finally realized with the completion of the Fine Arts Building. Rhynsburger, who played Abe Lincoln in one show, demanded the theater rows fit his long frame. Over the years, several notable actors have trod the Rhynsburger boards, including Chris Cooper and Jon Hamm. 183
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THE GLOBE 16 Hitt St.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
With its 90-foot bell tower featuring a gold cross against a blue tile mosaic, the church is a noted landmark in downtown Columbia, just south of Ragtag’s “Hittsville” complex. Built in 1966, the building is the latest incarnation of a congregation with deep roots here—it is the second-oldest church in Columbia, having started at Tenth and Broadway in the 1820s. In the Vietnam era, the church created the Chez coffeehouse in its basement; the Chez swarmed with pickers and grinners of all kinds, becoming one of Columbia’s biggest alternative havens. The venue continues to operate on an occasional basis to this day. The church graciously opens its doors to T/F, which gives the fellowship hall, built in 2009, an international theme for the weekend.
23 S. Eighth St., in the Tiger Hotel Ballroom PRESENTED BY RENEW MISSOURI
Originally a salesmen’s hotel, the Tiger Hotel and its namesake sign beckoned weary travelers from the Wabash Railway Station. The rise of the automobile sparked the first changes at the Tiger, including a fully motorized parking structure that could lift a guest’s vehicle into its designated slot. But the interstate system choked off the flow of guests, as a string of highway motels opened and downtowns became less popular. After being remodeled into a senior living center, the Tiger changed hands again in 2003. John Ott, Dave Baugher, and Al Germond re-lit the Tiger sign for the first time in 30 years and held the building until selling it to British businessman Glyn Laverick. He converted the Tiger into a luxury boutique hotel with 62 rooms and suites, opened in time for the 2012 festival. The ballroom is credited as the site of the birthplace of the modern conservation movement, when a group formed in 1935 developed into the Missouri Department of Conservation. For the fest, True/False renames the ballroom after local journalist and musician Forrest Rose, whose graceful prose and soulful community spirit embodied the very best of Columbia.
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RAGTAG CINEMA 10 Hitt St.
The Ragtag story begins in 1997, when Paul Sturtz met David Wilson at a show by Mr. Quintron at the now-shuttered Shattered nightclub. The last downtown movie house had gone dark, so they concocted the Ragtag Film Society. Richard King opened The Blue Note to them Sunday and Wednesday nights, and they showed the first film in 1998 with a couple of “borrowed” 16mm projectors. Cut to three bright entrepreneurs—medievalist Tim Spence, farmer Holly Roberson, and baker Ron Rottinghaus—who schemed to make Ragtag a seven-day-a-week storefront cinema, which opened in 2000 and moved to its current digs in 2008. “Hittsville,” as we like to call it, was built in 1935 as a Coca-Cola bottling factory and then became the Kelly Press printing plant. The cozier auditorium is named the Willy Wilson Theater after the Scottishborn actor, designer, math teacher, and father of David Wilson. Ragtag is sometimes credited with saving Columbia, but people tend to exaggerate such things. Illustrations by Carla McElroy & Jacky Adelstein
The Ragtag Film Society wants to thank our supporters for helping us earn the title of Missouri Arts Council's 2018 Arts Organization of the Year!
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In the spirit of this year’s theme, Whether | Weather, it’s important to consider our impact on the changing climate. True/False believes in our responsibility to future generations to do what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community. In 2018, the True/False crew, led by our enthusiastic Green Team volunteers and sponsored by Hy-Vee and St. James Winery, continues to make strides toward a more sustainable Fest and future. In order to reduce our footprint and work toward becoming a Zero-Waste Fest, True/False has expanded its efforts in the following areas:
REDUCING STRAWS This year, True/False is going straw-free and
encouraging local restaurants to do the same. Additionally, Camp T/F will be passing on disposables and switching to reusable plates and flatware. These dishes will cover four meals for more than 100 students and prevent the need for nearly 450 place-settings. By removing unnecessary single-use items from our repertoire, we are working toward cleaner air, land, and oceans.
COMPOSTING True/False collects food waste from seven restaurants, four nonevent spaces, and five parties throughout the weekend. In 2017, these bins captured more than 2,200 pounds for composting partner Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. This food waste was turned into nutrient-rich soil and used to grow local produce as part of its Planting for the Pantry program. Keep an eye out for our newest waste station near the parklet in The Sculpture Yard!
RECYCLING We are proud to say that recycling is available at every
film and event at the fest. Thanks to the City of Columbia’s Solid Waste Utility, additional recycling bins and dumpsters are dispersed throughout downtown and monitored by our Green Team. Festgoers are encouraged to recycle all glass, aluminum, plastics labeled 1-7, and paper products. By paying extra attention to what you’re tossing and where, we can reduce our landfill contribution. Did you know most to-go coffee cup lids are recyclable? As are plastic bottle caps if screwed on at the time of disposal!
REUSING Our installations and materials teams are experts in reusing
supplies and materials from previous years, and we guide artists to add an element of environmental consciousness to their creations! Additionally, clothing and other items from previous festivals can be found in the vintage section of the merch shop, and we’ve even upcycled fest T-shirts into popular scarves.
TRANSPORTATION True/False is a centrally located, walkable,
bikeable, mass transit accessible Fest. Out of town guests are encouraged to rent bikes from local shops and are provided additional bike parking racks by GetAbout Columbia. Bike riders can stop by our convenient bikecheck station for free tuneups, safety tips, and inspections compliments of Walt’s Bike Shop. T/F has partnered with Go COMO to provide free public transportation on city buses during the weekend as well as a special T/F venue route.
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Out in the weather for too long? Take the bus!
RECYCLE IN STYLE Party-makers Gabe Meyer, Brian Doss and
Becca Sullinger, in collaboration with the Public Works Department, have beautified a couple of the City’s recycling dumpsters. As you recycle your plastics, paper, aluminum and glass, take in these sustainable masterpieces.
HYDRATION Don’t forget to bring your reusable cups, mugs, and
bottles! These items are also available at most merch booths. Water refill stations will be offered at most venues, courtesy of Ecowater Systems. Also, many places around town, including Kaldi’s Coffee, offer a discount for using refillable mugs.
CONVERSATION STATIONS & SOLAR EDUCATION BOOTH Solar-powered lighting features illuminate discussions at these hubs in The Sculpture Yard, courtesy of Missouri Solar Applications, LLC.
Thanks to a sponsorship from the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District, the Green Team is now equipped with reusable heavy-duty gloves, grabbers, additional scales for measuring diversion and a tilt truck for transporting recyclables across the Fest.
GREEN PRINTING True/False
and our printing partner, Modern Litho, use the most eco-friendly products and practices in the creation of our printed materials. The program you’re holding is printed on paper produced from post-consumer fiber using vegetable-oil-based ink with 71% bio–renewable content. Additionally, renewable energy credits equal to 100% of the electricity used to print this program were purchased through AmerenUE’s Pure Power Program.
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SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERS True/False believes in our responsibility to future generations to do what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community. The T/F sustainability mission focuses on reducing environmental impact while increasing community involvement and awareness. Our initiatives and projectsâ€”including collection of recyclables and food waste, expanded public transit options, and extra accommodations for cyclistsâ€”could not be possible without our partnerships with the City of Columbia, community organizations, and sponsors. T/F Sustainability sponsors support Green Team activities, promote the importance of grassroots eco-friendly efforts, and move us closer to our zero-waste goal.
How to fest
RESTAURANT GUIDE We encourage our patrons to support the restaurants that support T/F. All of our downtown recommended restaurants are also on the map inside the back cover of the program. Numbers here correspond with the numbers on the map.
1111 E. Broadway • 573.818.6207 Modern World Bistro: Columbia’s premier dining experience. 7 days a week, 6am-11pm
306 S. Ninth St. • 573.875.6622 Burritos, tacos, and more. Food with integrity. Daily, 10:45am-10pm
30 ADDISON’S AMERICAN GRILL 709 Cherry St. • 573.256.1995 Wide variety of entrées, inventive appetizers, and a latenight happy hour. Mon-Sat, 11am-1:30am, kitchen open until midnight; Sun, 11am-midnight
31 BILLIARDS ON BROADWAY 514 E. Broadway • 573.449.0116 Great place for Missouri Beer, Famous Billiards burgers, and fresh-cut fries. MonSat, opens at 11am, Sun at noon
32 BROADWAY BREWERY 816 E. Broadway • 573.443.2742 Handcrafted libations accompanied by local organic pub platters. Mon, 4pm -1:30am; Tue-Sat, 11am-1:30am; Sun, 10:30am-3pm brunch (open until 12)
10 CAFE BERLIN 220 N. Tenth St. • 573.441.0400 Everyday for Good! Best Breakfast in town, hands down. Breakfast, 8am-2pm daily; Bar/Music, Mon-Sat, 5pm-late
33 CANDY FACTORY 701 E. Cherry St. • 573.443.8222 Recipes using the finest ingredients. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-6pm, Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun Closed
35 CRAFT BEER CELLAR 111 S. 9th St., #10 • 573.449.0242 Good beer, good people, and good times can be found at CBC with a vast selection of beer, wine, and spirits to choose from. Featuring a quickbite menu from Coco’s Tacos during T/F. Open Mon-Wed, 11am–11pm; Thu, 11am–12am; Sun, 11am-10pm
36 FLAT BRANCH PUB & BREWING
115 S. Fifth St. • 573.449.0400 Microbrewed beer and pub grub. 7 days a week, 11am-12am
37 FUZZY’S TACO SHOP 132 S. Ninth St. • 573.214.2851 Baja tacos, chips and guac, frozen margaritas and more! Mon-Wed, 8am-12am; Thu & Fri, 8am-1am; Sat, 9am-1am; Sun, 9am-12am
38 GLENN’S CAFE 29 S. Eighth St. • 573.447.7100 Cuisine that uses all the flavors of the Mississippi Basin and Delta and its French roots. Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat, 11am-12am; Sun Brunch, 10:30am-11pm
39 GUMBY’S PIZZA 1201 E. Broadway • 573.874.8629 Pizza, salads, Pokey stix, pepperoni rolls, and wings. Mon-Wed, 11am-2am; Thu-Sat, 11am-3am; Sun, 11am-1am 189
How to fest 40 HAROLD’S DOUGHNUTS 114 S. Ninth St. • 573.239.8995 Craft doughnuts made from scratch. Love your craft. 7 days a week, 6am-2pm
41 I’M SUSHI BURRITO 904 Elm St. #100 • 573.442.7748 The best way to combine sushi and burritos. Plus tacos, poke bowls, and salads. Mon-Thu, 11am-9:30pm; Fri & Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-9pm
42 INDIA’S HOUSE 1101 E. Broadway • 573.817.2009 Bringing authentic northern Indian cuisine to central Missouri for almost 15 years. Tues-Sun, 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-9:30pm
43 KALDI'S COFFEE (OFFICIAL COFFEE SPONSOR)
29 S. Ninth St. • 573.874.2566
Freshly roasted coffee & espresso, breakfast, lunch, dinner, & bakery. Mon-Fri, 6am-10pm; Sat & Sun, 7am-10pm
44 MAIN SQUEEZE 28 S. Ninth St. • 573.817.5616
Columbia’s ONLY vegetarian kitchen with healthy, local, organic meals; fresh juices; and smoothies. Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm; Sun, 8am-5pm
45 NOURISH CAFE & MARKET 1201 E. Broadway • 573.818.2240 Locally
sourced. Nutrient-dense. Full menu is gluten-, soy-, corn- and refinedsugar-free. Mon-Fri, 7:30am-2:30pm; Sat & Sun, 8:30am-3pm
46 PICKLEMAN’S 1106 E. Broadway • 573.875.2400 • 304 S. Ninth St. • 573.474.0008 Gourmet sandwiches and pizzas made with fresh quality ingredients. 7 days a week, 10am-10pm 190
47 PIZZA TREE 909 Cherry St. • 573.874.9925 Not just
pizza, it’s pizza art! Pizza by the slice 24/7. Sun-Wed, 11am-10pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-2am
48 RANGE FREE 110 Orr St. Ste. 101 • 573.777.9980 Gluten-free,
allergen-friendly bakery and cafe dedicated to speciality diets of all variety. Mon-Thu, 8am-6:30pm; Fri, 8am-6pm/9pm First Fridays; Sat, 10a-2pm; Closed Sun/Tues
49 THE ROOF 1111 E. Broadway • 573.875.7000
Raising the Bar: Cocktails, Small Plates, and Desserts overlooking the city. Open at 4pm daily.
50 ROOM 38 RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
38 N. Eighth St. • 573.449.3838 Modern global cuisine in
a sophisticated contemporary setting. Mon-Sat 11am-1:30am; full menu served until 10pm, Sun 10am-3pm
51 SHAKESPEARE’S PIZZA 220 S. Eighth St. • 573.449.2454 Many
flatteringly regard us as Columbia’s finest. Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri & Sat, 11am-11pm; Pizza by the slice Mon-Fri, 11am-1:30pm
52 SPARKY’S ICE CREAM 21 S. Ninth St. • 573.443.7400
Didn’t think you could put that in ice cream? They did it anyway. 7 days a week, 11:30am-11pm
53 SYCAMORE 800 E. Broadway • 573.874.8090 Cozy,
sophisticated venue, locally sourced New American fare, extensive cocktail list, craft beers, wine, local art. Special Fest Hours: LUNCH Mon-Sun, 11am2pm; DINNER Mon-Sat, 5pm-10pm; BAR Thurs-Sat till Midnight
How to fest 54 TELLERS 820 E. Broadway • 573.441.8355
Hot and happening gallery, bar, and bistro. Mon-Sat, 11am-1:30am; Sun, 11am-midnight
55 UPRISE BAKERY 10 Hitt St. Bread, pastry, soup, salad, sandwich, espresso, beer, wine, whiskey. Special Fest Hours: counter open Mon-Wed 6:30am-8pm, Thur-Sat 6:30am-10:30pm, Sun 8am8pm; Bar open daily until 1am (12am Sun)
56 UNIVERSITY CLUB CATERING Inside the Missouri Theatre and Jesse Auditorium lobbies • 573.771.9060 Muffins, whole fruit, box lunches, desserts, beverages. Fri, MO Theatre 1- 10pm; Sat, 9am-10pm; Sun, 9am-4pm
57 WILLIE’S 1109 E. Broadway • 573.554.1485 Delicious bar classics with pool and a patio. Mon-Sat, 11am-1:30am; Sun, 11am-12am
ELSEWHERE IN COLUMBIA: Enjoy these other Fest-supporting restaurants (not on the map).
BARRED OWL BUTCHER 47 E. Broadway • 573.442.9323
Seasonal, locally sourced restaurant and bar specializing in whole-animal butchery, house made charcuterie and craft cocktails. Kitchen Open Tues-Sat 4pm-10pm, Bar open later B&B BAGELS
124 E. Nifong • 573.442.5857 From scratch, the only real “New York Style” water bagel in central Missouri. 7 Days a week, 6am-3pm HOUSE OF CHOW 2101 W. Broadway. Crossroads Shopping Center • 573.445.8800 Traditional Chinese with a modern twist since 1981. Mon-Fri, 11-2; 4:30-9:30; Sat, 11-9:30; Sun, 12pm-9pm
58 WINE CELLAR & BISTRO 505 Cherry St. • 573.442.7281 Local,
organic ingredients with a classic French flair. Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm; Mon-Sat, 5pm-10pm; Sun, 5pm-9pm
MAP KEY 0
16 All That is Possible is Real 17 Cool White 18 The Great Wall 19 LightRain 20 The Sculpture Yard
BOX OFFICE FILM VENUES
02 Jesse Auditorium 03 Missouri Theatre 04 Showtime Theater
@ The Blue Note 05 The Picturehouse 06 Rhynsburger Theatre 07 The Globe 08 Forrest Theater 09 Ragtag Cinema
21 Columbia Art League (Transmedia Arcade)
22 Little Chapel @ The
Picturehouse (Field Sessions)
23 Bingham Gallery @
24 Boone County Courthouse Square
04 Showtime Theater
10 Cafe Berlin 21 Columbia Art League 25 The Fieldhouse 26 Firestone Baars Chapel 27 Orr Street Studios 28 Silverball Bar
@ The Blue Note 10 Cafe Berlin 11 Calvary Episcopal Sanctuary 12 Eastside Tavern 13 Hitt Records 14 Landmark Bank Courtyard 15 Rose Music Hall
RESTAURANTS Numbers listed on the Restaurant Guide
UNIVERSITY MAP $ 46
app for an interactive Fest map.
TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST 2018 DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA MAP RESTAURANT
MUSIC VENUE T
ART INSTALTION BUS STOP
*T/F GO COMO BUS ROUTE *For real time tracking download the “Go COMO” app
31 ALLEY A
57 29 45 39
20 51 ELM
T TO JESSE SEE UNIVERSITY MAP
TO RHYNSBURGER SEE UNIVERSITY MAP
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