True/False Festival announces 2011 films

Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 7:34 p.m. CST; updated 10:05 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — Organizers of the True/False Film Festival announced 43 of the documentary films they plan to show for this year's festival.

"It's a pretty complete list," festival co-director David Wilson said. "One or two films might work their way in there additionally."

The True/False Films lineup

This year's festival will showcase the following documentaries, according to the True/False Film Festival website:

  • "An African Election"
  • "The Arbor"
  • "Armadillo"
  • "At the Edge of Russia"
  • "Benda Bilili!"
  • "The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1974"
  • "Blood in the Mobile"
  • "Bobby Fischer Against the World"
  • "La Bocca del Lupo"
  • "Buck"
  • "The Burger and the King"
  • "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress"
  • "Fake It So Real"
  • "Family Instinct"
  • "Foreign Parts"
  • "Gravity was Everywhere Back Then"
  • "Habana Muda"
  • "Hula & Natan"
  • "The Interrupters"
  • "Landmarks & Monoliths"
  • "Life in a Day"
  • "Long-Distance Dedication"
  • "Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story"
  • "North From Calabria"
  • "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times"
  • "Project Nim"
  • "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth"
  • "The Redemption of General Butt Naked"
  • "Resurrect Dead"
  • "Secret Screening Black"
  • "Secret Screening Green"
  • "Secret Screening Orange"
  • "Secret Screening Purple"
  • "Secret Screening White"
  • "Shut Up, Little Man"
  • "Subway Preacher"
  • "To Be Heard"
  • "Troll Hunter"
  • "Wisconsin Death Trip"
  • "The Woman With Five Elephants"
  • "You Are All Captains"
  • "Zielinski"

This is not the final list.

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Any remaining films will be announced next week. The festival is scheduled for March 3 to 6.

Wilson highlighted a single film, "Buck," which will show March 3 at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, as one of his favorites this year. He calls it the story of a modern-day horse whisperer.

"I'm not a cowboy, but this story is amazing," Wilson said.

Among the other films is "The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1974," which premiered in the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Documentary section in January. The film is directed by Goran Hugo Olsson and consists of footage of African-American activists spanning the 1960s and '70s.

From True Vision winner James Marsh ("Man on Fire"), "Project Nim" follows a chimpanzee from the 1970s who is adopted by humans and taught sign language. Paul Sturtz, the other co-director, cited this as one of his favorites.

Andrew Rossi provides a rare glimpse into The New York Times newsroom in the documentary, "Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times." The film focuses on the paper's media desk and investigates the transformation of the media industry.

The theme for this year's festival, Wilson said, is balance. "We take each film on tone and merit: how the story is told and the skill of the storyteller," he said.

The festival's True Life Fund Recipient this year is the documentary "The Interrupters." The film was directed and produced by Steve James. It follows the story of three "violence interrupters" as they try to protect their neighborhood as part of the Chicago Project initiative, Cease Fire: the Campaign to Stop the Shooting.

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