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Local filmmakers to screen short films Monday evening

Monday, November 11, 2013 | 12:46 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Local short films are on the menu at 9 p.m. Monday at Ragtag Cinema. From flicks about diners to films about derelict hotels, these shorts are all the work of Columbia residents.

"It's a showing for local filmmakers," said Paul Sturtz, co-founder of Ragtag and co-director of True/False Film Fest. "There will be about 90 minutes of film, and we had a lot of good submissions."

In addition to the free showing of 11 films, a question and answer session will be held by Sturtz. He worked with Jarred Alterman on "Dear Valued Guests," which chronicled the takeover and subsequent destruction of the Regency Hotel located at 1111 E. Broadway. The 16-minute documentary made its True/False debut in 2013.

It's important for emerging documentary filmmakers to be able to see their work on the big screen, according to event organizers. And Sturtz said he plans on making this event an annual tradition.

Films will include:

  • "Dear Valued Guests" (directed by Paul Sturtz and Jarred Alterman)
  • "What Kind of Man" (directed by Kamau Bilal)
  • "Diners" (directed by Bart Elfrink)
  • "Paralysis" (directed by Byron Abt)
  • "Children Learn" (directed by Kate Berneking Kogut)
  • "Terra Lounge & Food Court" (directed by Alex Hoffman)
  • "Menstruation" (directed by Drew and Steve Gieseke)
  • "Three Counties Out: Guns and the Heartland" (directed by Zach Toombs) 
  • "King of My Living Room" (directed by Mike "Danger" Marshall)
  • "...Just to Watch Him Die" (directed Harry Kroenlein)
  • "Pedestrian" (directed by Tucker Morrision)

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