True/False film preview

Friday, February 2, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:36 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The fourth annual True/False Film Festival will take over a chunk of downtown Columbia March 1-4. It features nonfiction films, including some that haven’t debuted yet and a few that are still in progress. The full schedule will be announced by Feb. 12. Meanwhile, the festival's organizers have offered a sneak preview of some of the films.

Air Guitar Nation

Directed by Alexandra Lipsitz

Official site

“Every year, faux-fretting fanatics gather to compete in the world Air Guitar Championships. Air Guitar Nation follows several hopefuls as they prepare to strut their stuff for the cutthroat competition.” –

The Armstrongs

Directed by Fergus O'Brien entry

“This cult BBC series-turned-film tracks husband and wife owners of U-Fit, a double glazing company in Coventry. They have big plans to become super rich, but unfortunately their sales team isn't quite on board.” –

The Devil Came on Horseback

Directed by Annie Sundberg

Official site | Trailer

“Armed with only a camera, former Marine captain Brian Steidle found himself a helpless observer to the genocide in Darfur. True/False alums Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Trials of Daryl Hunt) document his personal transformation from witness to activist.” –

Kamp Katrina

Directed by Ashley Sabin

Official site

“Ms. Pearl, a flamboyant New Orleans resident, transforms her backyard into a tent city for fourteen Katrina victims.” –

Kurt Cobain About a Son

Directed by AJ Schnack

Official site | Trailer

“This bold, experimental character study (by former Columbian AJ Schnack) draws upon 25 hours of never-before-heard interviews with Kurt Cobain to reveal unknown truths about this oft-misunderstood legend.” –

Meeting Resistance

Directed by Molly Bingham and Steve Connors

Official site

“Photojournalists/directors Connors and Bingham get unprecedented access to insurgents in Baghdad, coming away with a story that has never been told in the mainstream US press.” –

The Monastery

Directed by Pernille Rose Gronkjaer

“An unlikely love story between an aging Danish eccentric and a no-nonsense Russian Orthodox nun as they attempt to transform his ramshackle castle into a monastery.” –

Nimrod Nation

Directed by Brett Morgen

“Off the map in the far-off Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a small town lives and dies with its basketball team, the Nimrods.” –

Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa

Directed by Jeremy & Randy Stulberg

Official site | Trailer

“In the rural Southwest, an oddball array of citizens, ranging from Gulf War veterans to radical runaways, form an unlikely community.” –

Operation Homecoming

Directed by Richard Robbins

Official site

“Utilizing a creative array of collage, animation, and found footage, the journals, essays, and fiction of returning American veterans are brought to life.” –

Radiant City

Directed by Gary Burns and Jim Brown

Official site | Trailer

Radiant City creates an account of suburban life as developers eat the planet. “Not your typical anti-sprawl movie, Radiant City packs a powerful visual punch and a surprising twist.” –

Row Hard, No Excuses

Directed by Luke Wolbach

Official Site | Trailer

“In the fall of 2001, John Zeigler and Tom Mailhot set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat, racing against competitors from around the world.” –


Directed by Shahar Cohen

“Like a father-son Hope/Crosby duo, filmmaker Shahar Cohen and his 82-year-old father take a road trip through the Dutch countryside to locate potential half siblings, ‘souvenirs’ of his father's days in WWII.” –

The Third Monday in October

Directed by Vanessa Roth

Official site | Trailer

“A true slice of American politics, this intimate film follows 12-year-olds as they vie to lead their student councils, all the way from making posters to the final dramatic speeches.” –

Raiders Adaptation

Directed by Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos

Official site | Trailer

“When the average boy falls in love with a film, there's a good chance that he'll buy a copy, memorize a few lines and move on. When 12-year-olds Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos fell in love with Raiders of the Lost Ark, they took a radically different route, creating a shot-by-shot remake that has become a national sensation.” –

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