The Missourian's guide to True/False Film Fest 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 9:41 p.m. CST; updated 6:47 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

Are you prepared for the scene in downtown Columbia this weekend? Film buffs and casual fans, locals and visitors, 40 films on seven screens — it's once again time for the True/False Film Fest, folks.

We realize that navigating the ins and outs of the festival can get a little overwhelming. We're here to help. We'll be updating this guide throughout the weekend to make sure you know how to get the most out of your True/False experience.

What's the weather going to be like this weekend?

  • Thursday: Expect sunny skies with a high near 67 degrees throughout the day. Thursday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 46 degrees. There will be a calm wind during the day that will slow down by nighttime.
  • Friday: There will be a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, so bring an umbrella. The day will be partly sunny, with a high near 56 degrees. Light wind with occasional gusts is expected during the day. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 31 degrees.
  • Saturday: The day will be mostly sunny, with a high near 48 degrees. Saturday night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 30 degrees.
  • Sunday: During the day, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 46 degrees. Some clouds will form during the night and the temperature will drop to 29 degrees.

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Scroll to the bottom for ways you can contribute your experience to our T/F coverage.

Can I still get tickets?

Single ticket sales for showings start at noon Thursday.

Some films have already been put under the No Reserve Ticket label, which means all of the available tickets have been purchased or reserved by pass holders. Take a look at the next paragraph for directions on what to do if the film you want to see has gone NRT. If a film hasn't gone NRT, True/False's website suggests first going to its box office — 1020 E. Broadway — to purchase tickets, where they'll be sold until 15 minutes before the movie starts. After that, tickets can be purchased at the film's venue. You can call the box office for information about available tickets at 442-8783.

Your final option for getting into a film you couldn't purchase or reserve a ticket for is what the True/False coordinators refer to as the "Q" system. One hour before the film you want to see starts, go to its venue and look for the venue "queen." According to True/False's website, this person will be dressed in extremely flamboyant clothing. Walk up to this person, and he or she will give you a slip of paper with a number on it. Fifteen minutes before the start of the film, you'll get in line in front of the venue in the spot your "Q" number designates; five minutes before the start of the film, the house manager will announce how many available seats there are in the venue. If there were 20 seats available, Q numbers one through 20 would be able to purchase tickets to see the movie. This process might be worth the effort — according to True/False's website, there has never been a screening where no one from the Q was allowed in.

At this point, how much will tickets cost?

Tickets to any one film will cost $8 at the box office and $10 at the door.

Students with a valid student ID will be able to purchase tickets for $6 at the box office for films at any venue, $6 at the Missouri Theatre, The Blue Note and Jesse Auditorium and $10 in the Q. There will be no student discount for the closing night film.

Tickets to the closing night film will be $12 at the box office or at the door. 

How can I learn about the films?

If you're interested in seeing a film this weekend but aren't sure which one to go to, there are plenty of resources at your disposal. Check out True/False's own descriptions of the films that will be showing, as well as the trailers for each to get a better idea of what they're all about. 

When you've decided which documentaries most interest you, True/False's schedule will tell you when and where they're playing.

Where can I read reviews of the festival's films?

Vox reporters will be attending all of the weekend's films and publishing reviews on the magazine's True/False 2012 blog.

How can I use social media to learn more about the festival?

If you're a Twitter user, keep an eye on the True/False Twitter list we've compiled that includes tweets from the directors of featured films. We'll also be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages with updates and ways to get involved with our coverage of the festival. You can browse through festival pictures by checking out our True/False Pinterest board, which we'll be updating throughout the weekend with our photos as well as ones submitted by readers.

Reporters with Vox Magazine will be tweeting from film venues, including how long the lines are outside of the theaters. The magazine's Twitter page is here.

You can participate in the Twitter community's conversation about the festival with its official hashtag, #TF2012. Also, expect True/False's Facebook page to let you know more about what the weekend has to offer.

What else is going on around downtown?

There will be lots to do if you have a break between films or just want to mingle with the True/False crowd. Take a look at our events calendar.

What should I know about parking and transportation in The District this weekend?

Parking fares in The District will be the same as usual throughout the weekend. The District's website provides information about the area's parking garages and meter rates. City parking is free on Sunday, in garages on Saturday and between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. every day.

If you're interested in taking a taxi to and from The District for the weekend's events, keep Columbia's newly implemented late-night taxi stand rules in mind. This Missourian graphic shows areas where taxis can and can't pick up passengers between midnight and 2:30 a.m.

City buses will be running between 6:25 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and between 10 a.m. and 7:05 p.m. Saturday. There won't be any buses running Sunday. A map of the bus routes that will get you as close as possible to your show's venue can be found here.

How can I get involved in the Columbia Missourian's coverage of True/False?

For a few of the special projects we're putting together this weekend, we need your contributions and opinions. Here's what we're working on:

One-word movie reviews

We're curious what you thought of the festival's films. So we want you to describe a movie you saw this weekend, in just one word. These can be submitted in a number of ways. Along with your full name and the movie you saw, you can

Members of the Missourian's community outreach team will also be outside of some of the weekend's films with a white board and a camera so that you can write down your one word review and have your picture taken with it.

We'll be publishing these pictures as well as the best one-word reviews that we receive on our website as well as Facebook.

March March costume and prop pictures

We attended March March on Friday and took pictures of the parade's most creative costumes and props. Check them out in our March March 2012 Facebook album and on our True/False 2012 Pinterest board. If you'd like to add your own photos from the event, you can email them to, tweet them @CoMissourian or tag the Columbia Missourian in them on Facebook.

Photo submissions

We're planning on posting our True/False photos on our website, Facebook page and Pinterest and would love include your pictures, too. We want to see your True/False experience, even if it's just a cellphone photo of you waiting in line outside of a theater. You can submit your pictures to us by emailing them to, tweeting them @CoMissourian or tagging the Columbia Missourian in them on Facebook.

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