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Even without buying a ticket, you can enjoy True/False

Thursday, February 28, 2008 | 6:25 p.m. CST; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Cherry Street Artisian filled up with people looking to get their hands on some True/False tickets when they went on sale at noon on Thursday. The Columbia Police and Fire departments requested that some of the crowd be moved outside because the space was over its capacity of 187 people.

COLUMBIA — The True/False film festival kicked off Thursday with lines snaking from the box office at the Cherry Street Artisan. But with passes sold out for weeks and individual tickets in high demand, some are left wondering how to get in on all the action.

The fifth installment of True/False still offers opportunities for those without passes or tickets to enjoy themselves.

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Documentaries are still the heart of the festival, but True/False also includes many events and concerts available to all festivalgoers.

Live music, open panel discussions and workshops are also a large part of the festival.

“The music really sets the atmosphere,” said Kim Sherman, the music coordinator for True/False. “It is a large part of the festival.”

Other specialized events include the festival’s parade, “March into March.” A large heated tent, located on Willis Avenue, will include a stage for live music, band merchandise and movie-going refreshments.

NO TICKET, NO PROBLEM

Events for the True/False Film Festival that do NOT require a pass/ticket

FRIDAY

11 a.m. — POYi Winners; Forrest Theater in The Tiger hotel, 23 S. Eighth St.; Director of the POYi Rick Shaw and award-winning photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally show and discuss the winners of this prestigious photo contest.

1 p.m. — Editing Master Class; Forrest Theater in The Tiger hotel, 23 S. Eighth St.; Carol Littleton, one of the editors of “E.T.” will be giving a class. The class will focus on editing to develop characters and advance the narrative.

3 p.m. — Instant Soundtrack!; Forrest Theater in The Tiger hotel, 23 S. Eighth St.; Composers T. Griffin and Ionic Furjanic will be looking at a piece of documentary footage without music and trading soundtrack ideas and strategies.

3 p.m. — Adobe Creative Suite 3; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; Tony Huet, Director of Training at Digital Training & Designs (Computer Training Consulting Company), will be giving an instructional course on using Adobe Creative Suite 3 for film production purposes.

3:30 p.m. — “Very Young Girls;” Jesse Wrench Auditorium, MU; A special showing of the documentary with director David Schisgall and GEMS founder Rachel Lloyd. Proceeds support the True Life Fund.

5:30 p.m. — “March into March,” Broadway; Downtown Broadway will be blocked off for a parade hosted by the festival. The True/False Web site refers to it as the “return of the craziest parade Columbia has ever seen.”

7 p.m. — North by Southwest Musician Showcase; Cherry Street Artisan, 111 S. Ninth St.; A mix of bands from across the U.S. play live at the Cherry Street Artisan. Artists include Glen Andrews & the Lazy Six, the Pine Hill Haints, Robert Sarazin Blake, Hans & Brody and Boxcutter Cabaret.

SATURDAY

10:30 a.m. — Know Your Rights; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; Michael Miller & Maura Ugarte of the Center for Social Media at American University will give a seminar explaining the Fair Use policy in copyright laws.

Noon – Shared Pleasures; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; Filmmakers AJ Schnack, Nanette Burstein, Andrew O’Hehir and Arne Johnson debate the future of the theatrical documentary and the role critics play in the success of films.

2 p.m. — Me & My Shadow; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; AJ Schnack leads a discussion with other filmmakers about what happens when the relationship between subject and filmmaker becomes messy. Rivkah Beth Medow (Sons of a Gun), Harris Fishman (Cat Dancers), Sean Donnelly (I Think We’re Alone Now) and Cynthia Lester will tell personal stories.

7 p.m. — Homegrown Hullaballoo; Cherry Street Artisan, 111 S. Ninth St.; A musical mix of local artists will be playing at the Cherry Street Artisan. Artists that will be involved are Penny Marvel & Timbawolf, Brody Hunt, the Can Kickers, and Karinne Keithley. A $5 or $6 donation is encouraged.

9:45 p.m. — Gimme Truth; Macklanburg Cinema, Stephen’s College, 100 Willis Ave.; Directors of a few of the festival’s documentaries participate as judges in a contest in which Columbia filmmakers show short profiles. Are they true or are they false? The judges must decide.

10 p.m. — Mojo’s-a-go-go; Mojo’s, 1013 Park Ave.; Midwest hip-hop champion Steddy P, DJ Mark E. Moon and the Ssion.

SUNDAY

10:30 a.m. — See Into Your Future: The Swami Speaks; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; Peter Broderick, independent film distribution expert, will be discussing recent distribution breakthroughs. Audience members are invited to pitch their personal project and receive feedback and strategy from Broderick.

12:30 p.m. — Shoot First! A Look at Documentary Cinematography; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; Mike Plante, programmer for Cinevegas and Sundance film festivals, leads a panel discussion with cinematographers Michael Simmonds and Amanda Micheli and director Antoine Cattin about how cinematography can make a documentary look better than a feature film.

4 p.m. — Confess Your Sins!; The 808, 808 E. Cherry St.; Independent film producer John Pierson leads a discussion with filmmakers Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths) and Eric Metzgar (Life. Support. Music) over ethical questions facing filmmakers. Discussion tackles questions on subject-filmmaker trust and chronological truthfulness.

9 p.m. — Busker’s Last Stand; Jesse Hall, MU; After the showing of the final film “Man on Wire”, some of the traveling musicians will be performing in the lobby of Jesse Hall.

9:30 p.m. — The Show; Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.; $10 cover charge; They Might Be Giants will be in concert to bring the festival to a close.


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