True/False volunteers transform venues into theaters

Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 3:55 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Volunteers called directions, and the screech of the mechanical lift could be heard in the background in the Missouri United Methodist Church's gymnasium.

True/False Film Fest volunteers worked methodically before the festival to transform the gym into The Picturehouse, where festivalgoers will watch nonfiction films all weekend.

The Picturehouse is the biggest nontraditional theater venue the festival uses, but it is one of many local businesses and churches that temporarily serve as theater venues and art galleries during True/False.

During her three years volunteering for the festival, crew chief Jackie Casteel has helped multiple venues undergo a metamorphosis. It's part of what inspired her to help with the festival.

"When I saw the transformation of The Blue Note and Missouri Theatre ... into a different thing with the art installations and everything, I knew that I wanted to see how they did it," Casteel said.

The True/False Film Fest is an annual documentary film festival that shows more than 40 films in eight venues. The festival began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.

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