It’s True/False weekend in Columbia, one of the best weekends of the year!
We are pretty proud of this big event that takes place in our little town, and proud of the people who put it together and make it happen. It’s amazing to see the amount of volunteers who put their time and effort into helping create an event that attracts people from all over the country. You won’t find a better documentary film festival anywhere! That’s the truth.
We were asked again this year to create a design to be used on t-shirts and other festival merchandise, which we were happy to do! If you are coming to the festival you can find our design, as well as many others, available at the box office.
The guys on the True/False team never disappoint in their ability to bring together a top-notch line-up. I’m looking forward to seeing some great films! I just heard that my favorite movie from last year’s festival, Undefeated, is now out on DVD. It follows an incredible high school football coach, Bill Courtney, through a season of ups and downs at an inner-city Memphis school. It will bring tears to your eyes, and, it won the Oscar! I’ve actually seen it twice, both times in packed out auditoriums, and at one of those showings Coach Courtney was in attendance and spoke after the film. He’s an amazing guy, and it’s an incredible story. Find it, and watch it.
The 2012 True/False Film Fest, one of our town’s biggest events of the year, is in the books. And it was GREAT! More than 40 documentaries were shown over the course of the weekend, and they say that more than 30,000 people attended this year. Wowzers! Yes, there were some amazing films shown (more about those in a bit), but there was more to the fest than just the films. Here are some highlights…
If you walked down Ninth Street this weekend you might have seen Kyle Durrie and her Moveable Type Truck. A fellow letterpress printer! Kyle is in the middle of an ongoing, cross-country adventure in her delivery truck turned letterpress studio. She set out from her home in Portland, OR a year ago to literally bring letterpress to the masses. She’s been traveling around the country for the past year visiting schools, festivals, and galleries sharing the history and process of letterpress printing. Kyle contacted us a while back to let us know that she would be at True/False, so it was really great to meet her and see her truck in person! Natalie thought it was the coolest, and she did a little printmaking with Kyle…
The organizers of True/False set out to make attending the event a great experience all around, and that includes opening acts. There were probably around thirty different music groups whose job it was to entertain the crowds waiting for films to start. There were some really great ones, but my hands-down favorite was a group out of Brooklyn called Pearl and the Beard. I wish I’d gotten out my camera and filmed them, they were so much fun! I didn’t, but here is a video of them playing in the NY Subway system…
And, word on the street was that James Franco was in attendance this weekend! I didn’t spot him, but I heard some people talking excitedly about their brush with celebrity.
So which were the best films? Well, obviously I didn’t get to see them all. I’ve heard from friends about a few that were really good, ones that I’ll try to catch later. But of the ones that I did get to see, these were my three favorite…
The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton
Apparently the trailer for this one hasn’t been officially released. It’s the story of a 13 year old boy from Texas who goes missing, and then re-appears four years later in Spain. That’s all I’ll say, I don’t want to ruin it, but I can tell you that it has so many twists and turns and you’ll think you have it all figured out, but trust me, you don’t.
Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch
Wow, this one was heavy, a heart-breaker. It makes the bullying epidemic in American schools intensely personal, and shows how for some kids survival is a daily battle. It was unsettling to watch but I think one that everyone should see. Here’s the trailer…
Undefeated, directed by Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin
This is the film I was most excited about seeing, and it didn’t disappoint! Last week Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary, and it was well deserved. It follows a football team from a north Memphis high school through a season of ups and downs, and their volunteer coach who shows what it truly means to love and care for a group of kids who at times can make that task almost impossible. Yes, it is a football movie, but it is so much more than that. It’s a powerful and inspiring story that you should watch with a tissue in hand. Seriously, there weren’t many dry eyes in the 1,700 seat auditorium where it was shown.
The best part of seeing films in a setting like this is that afterward the director, and sometimes the subjects, spend time talking about the movie and answering questions. I can tell you that everyone had goosebumps when Bully came to a close and up walked two of the kids in the film who were victims of bullying. They got a standing ovation from the entire auditorium. So cool.
Way to go True/False team! Such a great event! Multiple times over the course of the weekend I just had to look around and say to the people that I was with, “We live in such an awesome town!” Can’t wait to see what next year has in store, and hopefully 1canoe2 can play a small part again!