True/False offers fresh summer fare with Boone Dawdle

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 5:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The next True/False Film Festival might be more than six months away, but film lovers have something else to look forward to: the Boone Dawdle.

The event will feature live music, a picnic-style dinner and an evening screening of “Best Worst Movie” on Saturday at Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport. And in True/False tradition, director Michael Paul Stephenson and actor George Hardy will be present to answer questions after the screening. As children, Stephenson and Hardy starred in "Troll 2" cast.

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What: Boone Dawdle, sponsored by True/False Film Festival

When: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday

Where: Katy Trail, Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Cost: Ticket packages are $30 to $70.

Also: Those who want to watch "Troll 2" can do so at the Ragtag Cinema at 10 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. Those who have Boone Dawdle tickets get in free.

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With the success of True/False in late winter, event organizers wanted to offer Columbia something to look forward to in the summer as well.

“We were looking for a summer event that would have the same energy and the same spirit as the festival. So from there it sort of snowballed,” David Wilson, co-director of True/False, said. “We thought maybe this was something we could do in the spirit of True/False over the summer.”

“Best Worst Movie” is a documentary about the making of the movie “Troll 2,” a movie so terrible it became a beloved cult classic 20 years later. Wilson and fellow True/False co-director Paul Sturtz chose the film because of its appeal and because it is new to Columbia.

“We wanted something we’d want to sit outside and watch and this movie really fit the bill,” Wilson said. “(‘Best Worst Movie’) is super funny; it’s super engaging.”

Boone Dawdle also will include a local-food picnic dinner by Aaron Wells-Morgan, the executive chef at Les Bourgeois Bistro, and live music by local soul cover-band The Record Collector.

True/False also has surprises planned for those using the Katy Trail to get to screening and dinner. For those who are unable or don’t want to bike the trail, shuttles are available to the winery as well.

“There will for sure be trail-side music. There will be snacks and drinks, and there will be surprising moments that we will not announce,” Wilson said. “There’s so much going on; there will be surprises when people get there as well.”

Organizers hope Boone Dawdle will continue as an annual summer event. Given the rapid pace of ticket sales, it looks like the event won't disappear any time soon. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were only 40 tickets left for those who want to watch the documentary.

“We are proud that True/False has become a cultural destination and has sort of helped put Columbia on an international map for documentary film,” Wilson said. “We just see (the Boone Dawdle) as a way to offer more for Columbia’s cultural table.”

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