COLUMBIA — Luke Gottelier sat on an airplane for nine hours to get to True/False from London, but sitting through a marathon of movies can be almost as taxing.
When his "bum" gets sore, he said he sits on his hands or his coat to make himself more comfortable.
“It’s quite hard because when you’re watching a good film, you don’t want to get up,” said Gottelier, a festival first-timer whose film friends in England urged him to make the trip.
The True/False Film Fest can be an endurance test for hundreds of pass-holders who might have tickets for five films a day, or up to 20 over the long weekend.
There are ways to ease the pain, said Lisa Kriegshauser, a physical therapist with the Columbia Public Schools.
In the theater, lift yourself off the seat with your arms to ease your rear, she said.While standing in line, shift your weight back and forth and rock back on your heels.
The festival also encourages walking, which can provide some relief.
“They’ve got it set up nicely so that you have to walk from venue to venue,” Kriegshauser said. "That encourages individuals to stretch their legs between films."
Kitty Peer of Columbia, attending the festival for the eighth time, said she actually likes standing in line because it gives her a chance to shake out her legs and meet other True/False movie buffs.
“You don’t even notice you’re standing in line because you meet really interesting people,” she said.