True/False Film Festival opens with new venue, new events

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 10:28 p.m. CST; updated 6:46 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 3, 2011

This story has been modified to reflect that The Jubilee on Thursday evening will be both a costume party and a cocktail mixer.

COLUMBIA — The eighth annual True/False Film Festival opens Thursday with one new venue and three new events. This year’s festival has a total of nine venues and 123 screenings of 41 full-length films.

The Globe Theater at the First Presbyterian Church has been added to the venue list this year, allowing more screenings of the festival films.

Like several of the other venues, the Presbyterian church was adapted by a design team to serve as a theater since the space is typically used for other purposes. Despite a car crashing into the front of the church Friday, screenings are still scheduled as planned, the Rev. Richard Ramsey said in an earlier Missourian story.

In addition to the new venue, festival organizers planned a new masked ball called The Jubilee, to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. A screening of “Benda Bilili” will follow.

Festival spokesman Elliot Reed said the event will both a costume party and a cocktail mixer.

Tickets to The Jubilee are included with Lux, Silver Circle and Super Circle passes, all of which are sold out. Single event tickets are on sale at the box office for $25. The @ction Party on Friday is open to all passholders, but simple passholders must pay $10 admission at the door.

Another new event is Campfire Stories at 10 p.m. Friday at the Firestone-Baars Chapel at Stephens College. It is an informal event where people can sit around a fire with eight filmmakers, eat s'mores and discuss films. Ticket information can be found at the True/False box office.

“It’s less academic, more anecdotal,” Reed said.

Also new this year is the True Life Run, a 5K timed race and a fun run on Saturday morning. The fun run will have a number of adventures and a secret along the way.

“We’re not even revealing the course,” race director Mike Denehy said. “Everything’s top secret. It’s more fun that way.”

The timed run begins at 8 a.m. in Flat Branch Park and the fun run at 8:10 a.m. The top male and female in both versions of the run will win a Lux pass to the 2012 festival.

More than 100 people have already registered for the run. Participants can register online until 5 p.m. Friday or in-person beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

A portion of the race's $30 entry fee goes to the True Life Fund for the anti-violence group CeaseFire featured in "The Interrupters." Race participants can also see the film for $5 rather than the $8 box office price or the $10 Q price.

Events returning this year include the March March parade on Friday afternoon and the Gimme Truth documentary game show on Saturday evening. Several musical showcases will be held at Cafe Berlin, Eastside Tavern and Mojo's. Those venues should be contacted directly for tickets.

Seven thousand to 9,000 people are expected to attend the festival, managing director Jeremy Brown said. At least 3,000 passholders with first access to tickets are attending True/False.

Although many screenings have no reserve tickets available, 6,000 tickets are still for sale at the box office. Tickets also can be obtained for all screenings by going to the venue an hour before it begins and getting in the line or "Q."

The theme for this year’s festival is trees/forest. Festival director David Wilson said it is still resonating with him now, months after it was selected, because it’s a reminder to “look at the big picture and the details at the same time. They’re equally important.”

“If we call ourselves True/False, we have a responsibility to explore that line between fact and fiction,” Wilson said.

The weather forecast calls for warm weather and rain Friday, followed by falling temperatures and the possibility of snow over the weekend.

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