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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.” –truefalse.org

The Armstrongs

Directed by Fergus O'Brien

IMDb.com 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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

Souvenirs

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org

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.” –truefalse.org


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