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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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True/False is coming…

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

Simon Kilmurry, executive director, American Documentary/POV

The festival will celebrate its 10th year in 2013…

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

Natalie Difford, Chicken & Egg

Are you ready?

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

Heidi Ewing, director, Detropia

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

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

Alex Gibney, director, Taxi to the Dark Side

And buy your opens in a new windowpasses today.

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

Nadav Kurtz, director, Paradiso

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If you’re a film fanatic and going to be in opens in a new windowColumbia this weekend for the opens in a new windowCitizen Jane Film Festival, you’ve made a great choice! Citizen Jane showcases independent films by independent women, tackling the under representation of women in the film industry head on. Now that you have your opens in a new windowpasses purchased and your opens in a new windowtickets reserved, it’s time to

This weekend, opens in a new windoweight venues throughout the Stephens College campus and downtown Columbia will play host to a robust opens in a new windowschedule of both short and feature films from all over the country. In addition to a fantastic array of films, there are also other special events that you won’t want to miss…

Women in Music Showcase

Come down to the Bridge after the opening night film on Friday night to hear local women cover Journey! A great evening filled with music from the finest female musicians in Columbia, Missouri. The event will be hosted by CoMo Girls Rock!, an organization dedicated to empowering girls through creative expression, musical exploration and performance. Performances from Shirelle & the Hot Raxx, Rae Fitzgerald, Penny & The Farthingtons, Sunshine Mamas and Dubb Nubb will be sure to delight your ears!

The Bridge. Home to the Citizen Jane Film Festival special events. Photo by Kyle Devlin.

A Dance Party for the End of the World

What possible response to the end of the world could there be but a rockin’ dance party to end all dance parties? Join us for our hallowed Saturday night tradition with DJ Dot Matrix, VJ Ramon Salinas and the Hella Go-Go Dancers. Bring your dancin’ shoes and plan to party down and ring in the end of the world with us. Done dancing the night away? Join us for a midnight breakfast at Cafe Berlin!

A film festival weekend in Columbia means deep experiences, new friendships and immersion in the idea that independent films enrich our lives, make us ask questions and encourage us to learn. While you’re here, take time to explore The District and soak up the atmosphere of a festival weekend in Columbia. It’s truly an experience like no other.

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