Columbia grows as a film community

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
True/False attendees Matt Dreier, left, and Whitney Spivey wait for a showing of the The Invention of Dr. NakaMats at the Blue Note in this February 2010 file photo. The documentary film fest usually occurs in late February or early March and screens films at several downtown locations.

COLUMBIA — Over the past 10 years, Columbia has been building its reputation as a notable film community. 

Not only does it have three cinema complexes, but Columbia hosts a number of film festivals and competitions throughout the year. 

Some festivals are exclusively for college students, while others draw a much larger crowd. Aspiring directors, actors and curious movie fans will find that Columbia has a wide variety of events and venues to offer.


True/False Film Festival: In March 2012, the True/False Film Festival celebrated its ninth year in Columbia. For four days, the festival becomes a hub for documentary directors, producers and film lovers.

True/False usually occurs in late February or early March, and books the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, Jesse Auditorium and Ragtag Cinema, as well as other downtown locations, to screen documentary films nonstop throughout the weekend.

The festival has been continually drawing larger crowds since its beginning in 2004. According to the festival website,  attendance was more than 30,000 in 2011, with more than 500 volunteers.

Silverscreen Film Festival:This film festival celebrates student filmmakers in Missouri. It has grown since 2008 and is now open to college students across the state. 

The event takes place in April and offers a free two-day screening to view all the entries. 

Fresh Films Competition: This is a contest specifically designed for freshman. The objective is to make a short movie about the Mizzou experience. 

Weekly Movies: Every week the Missouri Student Association and Graduate Professional Council Films Committee hosts showings of films that have yet to be released on BlueRay and DVD. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, films are shown at Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union. 

The Wednesday films are free to all MU students, faculty and staff. Friday and Saturday films cost $1.


Ragtag Cinema

10 Hitt St.

This small cinema has two screening rooms, a cafe and a video rental store. Food and drink from Uprise Bakery are allowed into the theater where you have the the option of choosing between sofas, chairs, and regular theater seating. 

Hollywood Theaters- Stadium 14

2800 Goodwin Pointe

This 14-screen complex is located near the junction of Stadium Boulevard and U.S. 63 South.

Forum 8

1209 Forum Katy Parkway

Closer to campus, the Forum theaters offer a choice of eight first-run movies.

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