Films announced for 2013 True/False Film Fest

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 11:00 p.m. CST; updated 11:50 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A selection of films appearing at the 2013 True/False Film Fest.

COLUMBIA — Organizers of the 10th annual True/False Film Fest announced the 2013 festival's line-up Wednesday evening.

The festival features a variety of documentaries and feature films directly from other festivals, including Sundance and Toronto film festivals. 

From Feb. 28 to March 3, 42 films will be presented to thousands of festival attendees in various venues around town. Some of the venues include: Jesse Auditorium at MU, The Picturehouse, the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, The Blue Note, Ragtag Cinema, the Forrest Theater in the Tiger Ballroom and the Globe Theater.

This year's True Life Fund recipient is, "Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington," a film by author and journalist Sebastian Junger. The film recognizes the work of journalist Tim Hetherington, who lost his life on April 20, 2011, while covering the conflict in Libya.   

The True Life Fund is designed to give financial assistance to the subjects of one winning nonfiction film at the festival.

Money from this year's fund will go to an organization called Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, founded and directed by Junger, and the Milton Margai School for the BlindThis year's funds will again be sponsored by The Crossing, with matching funds from The Bertha Foundation. The amount of the fund won't be known until the end of the festival.

This year's True Vision recipient is, "Leviathan," a film by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, instructors at Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab. 

The award is given to a filmmaker whose "work shows a dedication to the creative advancement of the art of nonfiction filmmaking," according to the True/False website.

The Missourian staff curated some information about each of the films that will be presented this year. Below are the titles for this year's festival, including synopses from the festival's website, reviews and related articles and some available trailers.

"The Act of Killing"

Synopsis: Boastful Indonesian thugs with a genocidal history recreate their past deeds in this landmark film championed by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. 



"After Tiller"

Synopsis: Humanizing without lionizing, this features intimate access to some of our nation's most controversial figures in the U.S. — the four doctors in the United States who perform later-term abortions.


"The Ascent of Man" (shorts)

Synopsis: The evolutionary model is featured in this stunning, four-film collection.


Synopsis: Through eye-popping footage and thorough journalism, we learn about the sordid underbelly of keeping orcas in captivity.


"Boys and Their Toys" (shorts)

Synopsis: Whether hunting, crushing cars, roping cows, flying helicopter or probing internal organs, men are plain obsessive. 

"Computer Chess"

Synopsis: In 1980, before geek was chic, a clutch of brainiac programmers converge in order to change the world. 


"Crash Reel"

Synopsis: Brotherly love and family loyalty provide the grace notes in the rise and fall of one of the greatest snowboarders in the world.



"Cutie and the Boxer"

Synopsis: Ushio and Noriko are aging bohemian artists whose dedication, creativity and fierce tenacity make for a unique and enduring love story.



"David Holzman's Diary"

Synopsis: A groundbreaking parody of cinema-vérité which presciently foresaw the YouTube personal monologues of today. 


"Dirty Wars"

Synopsis: From dusty huts to seedy motels to the halls of Congress, dogged investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill tracks down the murderers of an Afghan family.


"The Expedition to the End of the World"

Synopsis: Mix together artists and scientists on a wooden schooner sailing to remote Greenland, and the results are alternately absurd and sublime.

Related article: 

"The Fall"

Synopsis: An extraordinary piece of personal and political filmmaking, shot by a Brit in and around New York in the late '60s, "The Fall" eyes America with a psychedelic kaleidoscope.

Related article: 

"Garden of Eden"

Synopsis: Zionist pioneers, disenfranchised Arabs and many others frequent a swimming hole in Israel, providing a unique portal into a complex country.

Related article: 


"The Gatekeepers"

Synopsis: This Oscar-nominated film provides a startling inside look at Israel’s super-secretive Shin Bet intelligence service.

Related article:


"I Am Breathing"

Synopsis: This jaw-dropping, humanistic work is about Neil Platt, a Scottish architect who’s been granted a vision of his own demise.


"The Institute"

Synopsis: As a mysterious alternate-reality game spills onto the streets of San Francisco; its participants struggle to discern the real world from the construct.

Related article: 

"The Last Station"

Synopsis: Cut off from the rest of the world, retirees in Chile spice up their daily life any way they can, including the launch of a nostalgic radio station.

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Synopsis: This True Vision Award honoree is operatic, immersive filmmaking that conveys, with full sensory overload, life on a commercial fishing boat.


"Lost and Found" (shorts)

Synopsis: Five golden shorts take us from Finland to Eritrea and beyond in hot pursuit of the elusive.

"The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear"

Synopsis: Gurchiani puts out a casting call and locates mostly young people endeavoring to find their place in a post-Soviet world.




Synopsis: A thriller that reexamines the hunt for Bin Laden and casts the women who worked as CIA information specialists as its unsung heroes.


"Moo Man"

Synopsis: A British farmer and his 12-year-old cow, Ida, will steal your heart as you watch their tender relationship redefine the phrase "man’s best friend."



Synopsis: Oscar-nominated film that recreates the 1988 Chilean referendum on ending Pinochet’s rule. Stars Gael Garcia Bernal.



"Pandora's Promise"

Synopsis: An elegant argument in favor of nuclear energy and a gauntlet thrown for environmentalists to re-examine their core beliefs.


"Pussy Riot"

Synopsis: The true story of the world’s most famous art agitators.


"Sleepless Nights"

Synopsis: A triumph of political art, journalism and confrontational cinema, set in the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War.



"Stories We Tell"

Synopsis: Actress and director Sarah Polley dredges up family secrets in this exceptionally playful and inventive film.




Synopsis: An elegy to a dying tradition, this film follows 3,000 sheep through the rugged but gorgeous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains. From True Vision recipient Lucien Castaing-Taylor.



"These Birds Walk"

Synopsis: A gorgeous, intimate and tender portrait of life in a Pakistani orphanage.



"Twenty Feet From Stardom"

Synopsis: Lifts the curtains on the world of backup singers and reveals the wonderful voices you’ve been hearing your whole life but never noticed.


"The Village at the End of the World"

Synopsis: Fifty-nine residents eke out a living in a tiny village on the northwest shore of Greenland. But at least they have Facebook.



"Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington"

Synopsis: This year’s True Life Fund film tells the story of Tim Hetherington (Restrepo), a combat photographer extraordinaire, who bore witness to the personal stories too often lost in the fog of war.


"Who Is Dayani Cristal?"

Synopsis: A mystery unfolds on the U.S.-Mexico border when a body turns up identified only by a tattoo that says “Dayani Cristal.”


"Winter Go Away!"

Synopsis: With hand-held immediacy, this film captures the political tumult of modern Russia — the consolidation of power by Vladimir Putin, the youthful energy of the dissenters and the frustrations of those caught in between.


The following seven films are designated "Secret Screenings," a designation that is unique to the festival. Titles of the films are not revealed until the screening begins. Only synopses of these films are available, which we've included below: 

Secret Screening Blue
Synopsis: Dramatically reconstructs a shocking narrative and attempts to solve the mystery at its core.

Secret Screening Gold 

Synopsis: A sweet, sentimental portrait of a group of aging, yet still spry, artists.

Secret Screening Green
Sex sells, but who’s buying?

Secret Screening Orange
A cadre of separatists square off against an unsympathetic city.

Secret Screening Purple
Two pawns caught in a larger game become a surprisingly close odd couple.

Secret Screening Red
A group of artists rebel against an oppressive regime.

Secret Screening Silver
One man’s journey towards self-improvement takes him back to the turn of the 20th century.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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