True/False is more than just your favorite part of a multi-sectioned test, it is excitement, movement, movies and fun.
Every year around the last weekend in February/first weekend in March the dynamic duo of "co-conspirators" David Wilson and Paul Sturtz put on their Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland hats and put on a show. A documentary film festival called True/False. David and Paul showed movies in the little indie arthouse movie theatre, The Ragtag, where people paid to sit on donated office furniture and one of the ugliest couches ever known to man, drink adult beverages and watch wonderful films that we didn't get to see in our mainstream theaters. Then they got the brilliant idea to begin True/False about 9 years ago. It was small, but mighty. The main venues were The Ragtag, The Blue Note (a vaudeville theatre that now is a music venue) and the Missouri Theatre (a beautiful movie palace full of stained glass and chandeliers). They don't just show the films though, every film has the director or someone associated with it come to our town and do question and answers about the film, workshops, etc. (Hi Algis! hint hint)The weather can be a bit dicey. We've had clear, cold, 70s and sunny, 70s and cloudy, tornado warnings and snowstorms. Every year, it gets bigger, but still retains the feel of the earlier years.
This year, there are 8 venues - Little Ragtag (the original), Big Ragtag (the new and improved), The Blue Note, The Globe (aka The First Presbyterian Church), The Picturehouse (aka Missouri United Methodist Church), The Missouri Theatre, The Forrest Theatre (aka a venue in the Tiger Hotel named for a beloved local columnist who passed on), and Jesse Auditorium. There are parties where ticket holders and film makers mingle, secret screenings, a game show (Gimme Truth), a 5k run, workshops, a parade, music and buskers. I know, I know. Buskers are music. Yes, they are, if you like them, which I usually don't. Buskers are outside the venues and sometimes inside the venues prior to film. Everyone else seems to love them. More power to you. There is usually a big concert at the close of True/False. In the past we have had Of Montreal, Apples in Stereo, and They Might Be Giants - those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.
The parade is called The March March, even though sometimes it is in February. Anyone can participate, you can dress up in costumes if you like, play music, individually or as a group, including a punk rock marching band and the University drum line. You can run, walk, skip, sing, whatever makes you happy. You don't have to sign up, just show up. It gets things off to a fun start.
This year I won two Simple Passes from the radio (thanks KBXR! www.bxr.com). I was so excited. 10 movies for each pass. I'll be spending most of the weekend in the Missouri Theatre and Jesse Auditorium with a couple of stops at The Globe.
For me, Friday night starts with "Building Babel" http://buildingbabelfilm.com/.
Then Saturday the man and I see "The Island President" http://theislandpresident.com/, and "Vivan Las Antipodas!" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1757939/plotsummary. In between those two, the man and the girl-child will see "Searching for Sugar Man" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125608/ and then the girl-child and I will see "Secret Screening Orange". Secret screenings are movies that haven't yet had their debuts, so it's like a super sneak preview. Then the man and I end the day with "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605782/. I am sooo excited about that one. It was the first one I picked!
Finally on Sunday, the girl-child and I will go see "How to Survive a Plague" http://www.howtosurviveaplague.com/, followed by "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" http://aiweiweineversorry.com/, then she and the man will see "1/2 Revolution" http://www.half-revolution.com/updates.html and we finish the festival with the man and I seeing recent Oscar winner "Undefeated" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860355/.
Who has time for parties with all that? I'll let you know next week how it all went. In the meantime, check out www.truefalse.org