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Reality Bites is a must-do for T/F

Reality Bites is a must-do for T/F

With the True/False Film Festival only just stating to fade in people’s minds, there are a few moments no one should forget (or ignore as they plan for next year). Similar to many other events this weekend at True/False, the line of people stretched outside the Missouri Theatre waved along the pavement as it wrapped […]

‘Private Violence’ springs tears and awareness

‘Private Violence’ springs tears and awareness

I heard over and over that this was the one movie to see. And despite all of the build up, it didn’t disappoint. Each year, the creators of True/False pick one documentary from the festival to receive money from the True/Life fund – a fund in which T/F donates to the subjects of a film. Private […]

TGITF 2014

TGITF 2014

True/False Film Festival hosted an event for Columbia Public School students on their day off Friday, Feb. 28.  There was a screening of Particle Feve” before the students traveled to Orr Street Studios for food, crafts and live music. Music is performed by the musicians at the event: Les Trois Coups, Choff and Paul Rucker. […]

True/False March March 2014

True/False March March 2014

On Friday, Feb. 28, True/False film festival’s annual March March was held. Music is performed by a group marching in the parade, who can be seen at the very end. By Madi Mertz

‘Approaching the Elephant’ illuminates free school effort with charm and grace

‘Approaching the Elephant’ illuminates free school effort with charm and grace

Approaching the Elephant was the rare film I went into without any preconceived notions — I had no idea what to expect because I wasn’t familiar with the concept of free schools. As the movie explains, free schools arose in Venezuela during the Industrial Revolution to protest the accepted factory-esque model of education. There are […]

‘The Green Prince’ delivers age-old message beautifully

‘The Green Prince’ delivers age-old message beautifully

I saw The Green Prince accidently, but it ended up being one of my favorites of the festival, as these things usually happen. The film details the extraordinary account of Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Palestinian living in the West Bank. His father is Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder and leader of Hamas, the Palestinian and […]

‘Happy Valley’ poses difficult questions, perseveres in truth

‘Happy Valley’ poses difficult questions, perseveres in truth

Happy Valley treads on dangerous ground. In late 2011, Jerry Sandusky, longtime assistant coach for the Penn State football team, was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Not long after, it was uncovered that Joe Paterno, legendary head coach of the team, was aware of some part of the abuse but never did […]

‘E-team’ unrivaled in storytelling and power

‘E-team’ unrivaled in storytelling and power

E-team is not only the best film I’ve seen at True/False this year, but perhaps one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. This is a weighty statement, but what the documentary manages to accomplish is incredible. The film follows four members: Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter, of an emergencies team belonging to the […]

‘The Notorious Mr. Bout’ portrays alternate view of infamous arms dealer

‘The Notorious Mr. Bout’ portrays alternate view of infamous arms dealer

The Notorious Mr. Bout, directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin, revolves around the man commonly known as the “Merchant of Death:” Viktor Bout. However, unlike the common narrative surrounding Bout and his work in the arms trade, the film portrays its subject as unwittingly caught in the business. Beginning with Russia’s transition from communism […]

True/False Jubilee prone to grandeur and allure

True/False Jubilee prone to grandeur and allure

I’ve never understood the concept of masquerade balls. That stretch of a person’s face — from the fan of wrinkles framing one eye to the fan of wrinkles framing the other — is, to me, their most definitive and expressive feature. Why would you ever want to cover that up? But on Thursday night, clutching […]

‘Sacro GRA’ offers artistic insight of the lives of Italians

‘Sacro GRA’ offers artistic insight of the lives of Italians

It is usually rare to see documentaries in major film festivals like Cannes or Venice. Moviegoers prefer to think of documentaries as a genre that gives some educational insight, while narrative films are another form of art. However, Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA became the first documentary film to win Golden Lion at the Venice International […]

Both fiction, nonfiction highlight Neither/Nor series

Both fiction, nonfiction highlight Neither/Nor series

With the first full day of the True/False Film Festival beginning at the multiple venues across Columbia, moviegoers enjoyed started their binge on movies. Particles were split apart (Particle Fever) and four-year-old protegees painted (My Kid Could Paint That) all telling their individual stories through fact based documentaries. This morning at the Ragtag Theater patrons […]

An interview with Ryan Murdock, director of ‘Bronx Obama’

An interview with Ryan Murdock, director of ‘Bronx Obama’

In Bronx Obama Ryan Murdock, the film’s director and producer, asks the question: “How much does it cost to chase the American Dream?” He started by asking the question about Louis Ortiz, the subject of the movie, and during the making of the film it is a question he asks of himself, as well. The […]

‘Particle Fever’ provides thorough images, emotional dimension

‘Particle Fever’ provides thorough images, emotional dimension

At the beginning of Particle Fever, the lights dimmed and the screen lit up to a series of brightly colored, spiraling dots and lines I could only imagine represented particles. From these first images it was obvious Particle Fever told a story of more than just the science behind the  Large Hadron Collider. Directed by […]

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ presents greatest sci-fi film never made

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ presents greatest sci-fi film never made

In Jodorowsky’s Dune Alejandro Jodorowsky, an eccentric French-Chilean filmmaker, set out with bold aspirations to make a film so powerful it could change the entire human perspective on how films are perceived. Known for his occasionally riot-inciting cult movies made in Mexico during the 1960s, such as El Topo and Santa Sangre, Jodorowsky came across […]

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