15 in ’15: True/False Film Festival

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Come to Columbia’s True/False Film Festival and maybe end up the most knowledgeable person in the room at your next Oscars watch party.

Often, films shown at the festival are featured as nominees in the Best Documentary category during the Academy Awards telecast the following year. You will be the expert in the room as you debate the merits of films such as “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” and “Dirty Wars,” all of which were featured at True/False in 2013 and nominated for Best Documentary in 2014.

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Being a platform for consistent quality in film helped make the True/False Film Festival one of TIME Magazine’s “50 Cultural Experiences to Try in 2014.”

One of the most appealing aspects of True/False is that every effort is made to ensure the directors, producers and, when possible, the actual subjects of the featured documentaries, attend the festival. This gives festival goers the unique opportunity to understand the films in a more in-depth manner.

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Post-film interviews allow viewers to go into more specifics on topics featured in the films, learn why certain creative decisions were made and even discover what it was like to experience the subjects depicted in the works.

While the films are always the biggest draw for those attending the festival, there’s a lot going on at True/False. Art is a huge part of the festival and in the course of a few days, the amount of unique public art in Columbia skyrockets. Venues scattered throughout Columba’s downtown district give artists the space to create fantastic works, some of it more abstract in nature and others more conventional.

Also, when you explore the True/False Film Festival, you enjoy music of all kinds. Musicians known as buskers entertain attendees at venues before films begin, at parties hosted in conjunction with the festival, or on the streets outside venues. Featured genres range from folk and bluegrass to music from around the globe.

For more information on 2015 True/False Film Festival, visit TrueFalse.org.

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