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It’s almost time for one of our favorite festivals of the year! Here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau we’ve planned out our schedules and can’t wait for next week. Here are our ‘must-see’ picks for this year’s fest: (Descriptions from the True/False Film Fest website)

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Megan, Marketing and Communications Manager – opens in a new windowSonita

Dead-set against being sold as a bride, a feisty Afghan refugee breaks loose to become a rapper. IN PERSON: Dir. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami & star Sonita Alizadeh

Rachel, Public Information Specialist – opens in a new windowThe Other Side

Addiction, bigotry, and zealotry are set against the abiding love of family in the rubbed-raw intimacy of Roberto Minervini’s latest. IN PERSON: Dir. Roberto Minervini

Julie, Tourism Development Program Manager – opens in a new windowBetween Sisters

Teresa and Ornella are sisters utterly devoted to one another despite a deeply buried secret between them. IN PERSON: Dir. Manu Gerosa

Amy, Director – opens in a new windowThe Fear of 13

Death row inmate Nick Yarris has the presence and poise of a Shakespearean thespian. But can he be believed? IN PERSON: Dir. David Sington

Terra, Services Manager – opens in a new windowThe Bad Kids

At an isolated, alternative high school, a firebrand principal tests the limits of tough love working with teenagers considered to be lost causes. IN PERSON: Co-directors Lou Pepe & Keith Fulton

Beth, Sales Manager –  opens in a new windowNorman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Sitcom king, Norman Lear single-handedly revolutionized television. But what has he done lately? IN PERSON: Dir. Heidi Ewing

Andrea, Sales Manager – opens in a new windowThe Music of Strangers

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble are on an uplifting mission to connect the world through music. IN PERSON: Dir. Morgan Neville

OUR FESTIVAL TIPS

True False 2014 French band -EliseDon’t forget about the buskers and the awesome opens in a new windowart installations! One of the most fun features of True/False is the live music performances before each screening and in special showcases. If you can’t make a showcase, try to get at least one or two of your films early and soak in sounds from around the world. The art installations contribute to the eccentric overall atmosphere of the festival, and it’s always fun to snap a photo [or selfie, no one is judging you at this fest] of the unique displays.

Get your blood pumping in the morning! With a generous start time of 9:00 a.m., the opens in a new windowTrue Life Run winds through downtown Columbia with a few fun obstacles along the way. Best of all, the entry fees benefit the opens in a new windowTrue Life Fund Film. It’s a great time for a great cause.

Get some laughs! Many documentary films can have pretty heavy subject matter so we suggest you add Gimme Truth to your schedule. The world’s greatest documentary game show returns with host Johnny St. John and an array of doc-world celebrities attempting to deduce if local videos are true or false.

True False parade1 2014 Photos-3 -EliseJoin the parade! Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the  opens in a new windowMarch March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join. Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, spin fire, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.

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

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

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

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

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

opens in a new windowWhy True/False 2013 Rocked (And Why True/False Always Rocks)

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

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

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

  • Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the opens in a new windowMarch March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join! Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, spin fire, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.
  • Speak up at a screening. One of the hallmarks of the festival is that each film is accompanied by someone who was involved in its creation. Have a question? Want clarification? Want to know what happened next? Raise your hand and ask the director who was involved in the film from start to screen.
  • Don’t be afraid to change it up. If you hear amazing buzz about a certain film you don’t have a ticket for, hit up the Q line! Venue kings and queens start handing out Q numbers an hour before each screening and then start letting in Q-liners about 10 minutes before the show. Jesse Hall and Missouri Theater are the best places to Q because they’re the largest venues.
  • Take your time. True/False sometimes seems to fly by in a blur. Take a bit during your weekend to sit in a coffee shop or a restaurant and just soak up the experience. Write about the films you’ve seen already, sip on a glass of wine, chat up a filmmaker you see, compare notes with your fellow festival goers. The festival experience is over all too fast, and these little moments make great memories.

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

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When visiting Columbia, could we interest you in…

  • An independent film enjoyed on a comfy couch?
  • A cold microbrew?
  • A delicious Reuben sandwich made with fresh-baked bread, house-made sauerkraut, house-made dressing and corned beef, and melted cheese?
  • A place to relax, drink some coffee and check your email?
  • Beautiful local art displayed for patrons to enjoy?

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

Ragtag Cinema and Uprise Bakery

Ta-da!

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

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

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

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

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