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What you need to know about the True/False Film Festival

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 11:38 a.m. CST; updated 7:10 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A photo illustration for the True/False Film Festival.

 Q. I bought a pass and reserved my tickets. Where do I pick them up?

A. All passes and reserved tickets are available at the True/False box office on the corner of Ninth and Cherry streets.

Q. When is the box office open?

A. It is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday (for pass holder pick up only); from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday (for pass holder pickup only until noon); from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Q. I didn’t reserve tickets. Can I still buy them?

A. Remaining tickets are available at the box office, $8 for general admission, $6 for students with an ID.

To have the best chance to get tickets, buy them Thursday. Beginning at 9 a.m., you can get a number at the box office.

If the number is low, it's a good bet that you can start standing in line at noon and not have to wait long. If the number is high, you might want to come back later in the afternoon to avoid a long wait.

Ten minutes before each show, any unsold tickets will be available at the door of the venue for $10 general admission.

At the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts and The Blue Note, students can buy tickets at the door for $6. At all other venues, the cost is $10 at the door. The closing night film costs $12.

Q. What are the venues?

A. In addition to the Missouri Theatre and The Blue Note, films will be shown at Ragtag Cinema, Forrest Theater at the Tiger Hotel, Windsor Cinema at Stephens College and Firestone Baars Chapel at Stephens.

Q. I keep hearing about the “Q” system. What’s that?

A. One hour before a showing, those without tickets can “Q” up — stand in line — to increase the chance of scoring a ticket to a particular film. Those in the “Q” will be given a number and have priority status when tickets are released 5-10 minutes before the film starts. Festival officials say there’s never been a showing where no tickets were handed out at the door.

Q. Is there a real person I can talk to if I have another ticket question?

A. The True/False phone number is 573-442-TRUE or e-mail tickets@truefalse.org. The box office is also a good place to find a real person.

Q. Can I talk to a filmmaker?

A. The festival has put together a series of panels and workshops. They are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. Friday, Forrest Theater, Tiger Hotel: Pictures of the Year 2009 at the  Forrest Theatre shows the best photojournalism of 2009.
  • 1 p.m. Friday, Forrest Theater, Tiger Hotel: Director Kaspar Astrup Schroder and composer Silas Hite offer insight into soundtrack collaboration.
  • 2:30 p.m. Friday, Forrest Theater, Tiger Hotel: Orlando Bagwell (“Eyes on the Prize”), Sarah Goodman (“When We Were Boys”), Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath (“Enemies of the People”) and Robert Greene (“Kati With an I”) work through the art of building relationships.
  • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St: Two directors who independently filmed different Mexican traveling circus families talk about their work: Nuria Ibanez (“The Tightrope”) and Aaron Schock (“Circo”).
  • 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St: Sam Green (“Utopia”), Adam Curtis (“It Feels Like a Kiss”), Michael Epstein (Untravel Media) and Chase Whiteside/Eric Stoll (New Left Media) talk about the future of documentaries.
  • 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St: Esther Robinson (“A Walk to the Sea: Danny Williams Store”), Laura Bari (“Antoine”), Eytan Harris (“As Lilith”), Stephen Marshall (“HolyWars”), and Mikel Cee Karlson (“Greetings from the Woods”) compare notes about pushing the limits of nonfiction.
  • 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St: Julia Reichert (“The Last Truck”), Laura Poitras (“The Oath”), Lixin Fan (“Last Train Home”) and Carlos Hagerman (“Those Who Remain”) take up the topic of making global issues into personal documentaries.
  • 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St: Mikael Wistrom (“Familia”), Stefanie Brockhaus (“On the Other Side of Life”) and Simon Chambers (“Cowboys in India”) discuss the struggle of making films far from home.
  • 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St: Josh Fox (“GasLand”), Petra Epperlein (“How to Fold a Flag”) and Carter Gunn (“Colony”) arrange audience members into teams who will compete to create the initial social campaign strategy for a True/False film.

Q. I want to attend one of the events where I can meet filmmakers and other film fans. Can I?

A. Concerts are typically open to the public with an admission fee or cover, but some parties are restricted to passholders. Here’s a list concerts, parties and other events with availability.

  • Thursday Night Showcase, 8 p.m., Cafe Berlin. Open with a cover.
  • Eastside Showcase, 10 p.m Thursday, Eastside Tavern. Open with a cover.
  • March March, 5:30 p.m. Friday. Free parade downtown.
  • Reality Bites, 5:30 p.m. Friday. Restricted to Super Circle, Silver Circle and Lux passholders.
  • Friday Night Showcase, 8 p.m., Cafe Berlin. Open with a cover.
  • @CTION! Party, 10 p.m. Friday, downtown. Restricted to passholders.
  • Weird Wake-Up, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Odd Fellows Temple. Breakfast and screening. Restricted to passholders.
  • Walking tour of Broadway, 11:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from the box office. Free.
  • Filmmaker Fete, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sycamore and P.S. Gallery. Restricted to Super Circle and Silver Circle passholders.
  • Utopia in Four Movements, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Forrest Theater. Live performance. Open to the public.
  • Saturday Night Showcase, 8 p.m., Cafe Berlin. Open with a cover.
  • Gimme Truth! 9:30 p.m. Saturday, The Blue Note. Open with admission.
  • Mojo’s A-Go-Go, 1o p.m. Saturday, Mojo’s. Open with a cover.
  • Closing night reception, 6 p.m., Missouri Theatre. Open to those who attend the closing night film.
  • Buskers Last Stand, 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Missouri Theatre lobby. Open to those who attend the closing night film.

For more information on the True/False Film Festival check out our blog.


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