mercoledì 9 aprile 2008


Scopro questo interessante Festival dedicato al Vero/Falso che si tiene in Missouri a cavallo id Febbraio e Marzo. Tra documentario, finzione e contaminazioni, un festival aperto a nuove forme narrative, il True/False Film Fest

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The idea for the True/False Film Fest was hatched in the summer of 2003, which some have called "The Year of the Documentary" for the raft of breakthrough nonfiction films (Capturing the Friedmans, Spellbound, etc.) that hit the big screen. Wanting to create a film event that celebrated this new wave of exciting and cinematic documentaries, we built off of five years of exhibition we'd been doing around Columbia, Missouri.
Our venues came first, uniting three theaters all within easy walking distance of each other. These included our first home at the movie theater turned music venue The Blue Note, our storefront café and microcinema the Ragtag Cinema, and the 1,200 seat Missouri Theatre, a movie palace built in 1928 that hadn't had films projected in almost 15 years.
With the Missouri Theatre, Blue Note, and Ragtag making a downtown theater district, we debated what flavor of festival we might put together. Focusing on nonfiction derived from our love of documentaries and our town's heritage of great journalism. With exciting developments in video technology and a new crop of filmmaker wanting to make vital work, the time was ripe for a fest that championed the cutting edge of nonfiction filmmaking.
In our first year, we hosted a remarkable group of filmmakers from around the world, including director Kevin Macdonald, who presented Touching the Void to a sold-out crowd of 1,200 people. Bruce Sinofsky, was given our first annual True Vision Award for his work with Joe Berlinger on films such as the director of Brother's Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Other stand-out directors included Mark Achbar with The Corporation, Sarah Price with The Yes Men, and editor Karen Schmeer with The Fog of War. Timothy "Speed" Levitch, the tour guide from The Cruise, gave a memorable tour of Boone County, a place he had never been before.
Our second year built on the strengths of the first, by bringing in more than 50 filmmakers from around the world, and increasing ticket sales to more than 6,500. The opening night film, Murderball, featuring a Q&A with filmmakers Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Alan Shapiro and Jeff Mandel, drew more than 1,000 attendees. Other highlights included I Like Killing Flies with director Matt Mahurin, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill with subject Mark Bittner, and a cinematic field trip to a livestock sale barn for a screening about an upstate N.Y. auction barn.
In years three and four, T/F attained more prominence with guests that included Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game), Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated), Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston), Marshall Curry (Street Fight), Annie Sundberg (The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback), David Sington (In the Shadow of the Moon), Brett Morgen (Nimrod Nation), and more than 60 others each year. The festival gained recognition for innovative programming such as its signature game show/filmmaker showcase "Gimme Truth!" and the commissioning of a live soundtrack to the classic British documentary Night Mail.
In 2007, attendance neared 15,000, the volunteer staff topped 250, and we inaugurated two unique projects in conjunction with visiting directors. The SWAMI program matches industry professionals with a handful of first-time directors who are mentored in festival strategy, distribution, and marketing. In its first year, professionals included director Fenton Bailey (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), independent film guru John Pierson, and distributors Liesl Copland (Red Envelope) and Debbie Zimmerman of Women Make Movies. The True Life Fund raised more than $8,500 for the subjects of a documentary about an African orphanage, and will select a film's subject each year as recipients. Both projects will be expanded in 2008.
We couldn't be prouder of our town, Columbia, and the support it has offered the festival. It's always been our intention to build an event that would simultaneously serve the international film community as well as that of mid-Missouri.

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