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User's guide to the True/False Film Fest 2013

By Anna Seaman, Zach Strader
February 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

When is True/False Film Fest 2013?

The documentary film festival returns to Columbia on Feb. 28 to March 3 for its 10th season. It offers movie screenings, parties, panel discussions, a parade, a 5K run and other events.


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How and when can I get passes?

The most common way to attend the festival is to purchase one of four levels of passes that are on sale now.

GATEWAY PACKET — $30. From 6 p.m. Feb. 20 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22, any combination of three tickets from an abbreviated film list can be purchased. The three can be multiple tickets to one film, separate tickets to three films or something in between. The short list will be announced Feb. 18.

SIMPLE PASS — $75. This pass allows one person to reserve up to 10 tickets online before the box office opens to the public (starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 16). Thursday night screenings are excluded.

Simple passholders can queue (Q) up to see additional movies if space is available. The passholder can also purchase a ticket to the Friday night “@ction party” for $20 at the door. Other events are not included.

LUX PASS — $175. This pass gives one person the opportunity to attend all festival films, including Thursday screenings. It includes free admission to the Jubilee masquerade ball on Thursday and the Friday @ction party, as well as to Reality Bites and the Weird Wake Up at the Odd Fellows Lodge.

This type of pass also includes admission with a reserved ticket to the closing night film/reception and the ability to reserve tickets to films online 48 hours before Simple passholders (starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 14). Note: This pass has sold out and is no longer available for purchase.

SILVER CIRCLE PASS — $400. Silver Circle passholders can be admitted to all films, attend all special events and parties, reserve tickets online 48 hours before Lux passholders (starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday), receive a combo ticket to attend the Jubilee ball with a guest and score a True/False swag bag.

SUPER CIRCLE PASS — $700. In addition to admission to all films and the opportunity to attend all special events and parties, and get the swag bag and combo Jubilee ball ticket, these passholders can reserve tickets online 48 hours before Silver Circle passholders (starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 10). Super Circle passholders also can have a 30 minute one-on-one talk with a festival programmer to help plan the weekend.

If I have a pass, how do I reserve tickets online?

Click on this link to start the process of selecting films to see during the festival. Passholders have a code giving them access to reservations before they open to the public.

Super Circle, Silver Circle and Lux pass holders are able to select a film in each time slot. Simple Pass holders can select up to 10 films.

Can I buy tickets to individual films?

Yes, beginning at noon Feb. 28 at the True/False Box Office, 1020 E. Broadway — if tickets are still available.

These tickets cost $8 at the box office or $10 at the door. Students with a valid student ID will be able to buy tickets for $6 at the box office.

Any tickets remaining at the box office are available up to 15 minutes prior to the screening.

Tickets to the closing night film and reception cost $12 at the box office or at the door.

What is the Q system?

An hour before the film starts, go to the venue and look for the venue Queen – the most flamboyant person in the area. The Queen will hand over a Q number and the house manager will release all available seats five minutes prior to the start of the film.

These tickets cost $10 for nonpassholders ($6 for students for films at the Missouri Theatre, The Blue Note and Jesse Hall); passholders get Q tickets for free.

Silver Circle and Super Circle passholders get “Silver Q” priority and ticketless walk-up privileges for all films at The Blue Note, Missouri Theatre and Jesse Hall.

Are refunds available once a pass or ticket is purchased?

Refund requests for passes will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 27.  There are no refunds for tickets purchased at the box office.

Where will the films be shown? 

True/False shows films in eight venues. All are within walking distance of each other in downtown Columbia:

  1. The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.
  2. Forrest Theater at The Tiger Hotel, 23 S. Eighth St.
  3. The Globe Theater (First Presbyterian Church), 16 Hitt St.
  4. Jesse Auditorium, 801 Conley Ave.
  5. The Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.
  6. The Odd Fellows Lodge, 920 E. Walnut St.
  7. The Picturehouse (Missouri United Methodist Church), 204 S. Ninth St.
  8. Ragtag Cinema (big and little), 10 Hitt St. 

How can I learn more about the films?

The Truth/False website has descriptions of the films being shown. Check out the festival archives for a idea of what kind of film fare is shown. To ensure you see the films you want, take a look at the True/False schedule for times and locations of showings. 

Will there be reviews of the festival films?

Vox reporters will watch and review all of the films for the magazine's True/False 2013 blog. 

What else can I do at True/False ? 

True/False hosts multiple activities all weekend:

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

True/False maintains a Twitter page and a Facebook page

What do I need to know about parking and transportation downtown?

All garages are open 24 hours, seven days a week. The District has 5,900 public and private parking spaces, including 1,413 on-street metered spaces.

Rates vary based on the location of the space. On-street parking costs between 60 and 75 cents per hour. To park in a garage costs 50 cents per hour.

On-street metered parking is enforced between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is no charge on Sunday.

City garages are located at Eighth and Walnut streets; Eighth and Cherry streets; Sixth and Cherry streets; Tenth and Cherry streets; and Fifth and Walnut streets.

Taxi service will be available in the The District for the weekend. City buses will run between 6:20 a.m. and 9:15 p.m.  Feb. 28 and March 1 and between 10 a.m. and 7:05 p.m. March 2.

The city will alter its FastCAT route to provide service to all of the venues at no charge. 

How can I stay informed about True/False on the go?

True/False has a mobile application for the iPhone and Android. The app, which can be found on the festival's website, contains the schedule, film descriptions and news.