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The True/False Podcast
22 minutes | 11 days ago
Dimensions with Steve James and Meredith Zielke
Every year during the festival, True/False organizes field sessions: conversations between filmmakers about their films, experiences, and anything else that interests them. In this week's episode of the True/False Podcast, we’ll be listening in on one such conversation between filmmakers Meredith Zielke and Steve James. Zielke is an award-winning filmmaker and editor who co-directed A Machine To Live In, an impressionistic exploration of Brazil’s peculiar capital city that showed at True/False 2020. James, best known for directing academy-award-nominated films Hoop Dreams and Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, premiered four episodes of his new series “A City So Real” at the festival.
18 minutes | 19 days ago
'Objectivity' with Elegance Bratton (PIER KIDS)
Nonfiction filmmakers often end up with a lot more material than they could ever use. That's something Elegance Bratton ran into making his debut feature, Pier Kids . The film portrays life in New York for gay and transgender youth living on the Christopher Street Pier. Producing the film involved capturing all kinds of people’s stories over the course of many years in order to portray Bratton’s own experiences with homelessness. Bratton spoke with True/False programmer Amir George.
15 minutes | 25 days ago
Fashioning A Film Festival Amid The Pandemic: Part Two
The 2021 True/False Film Festival will look completely different from any previous fest. In the interest of social distancing and safety, all of the films will screen outdoors, at Stephens Lake Park in the fest's hometown of Columbia, Missouri. The True/False Podcast spoke with fest organizers to explain what festival-goers can expect at the new venue, and how it's tried to keep some vestiges of normalcy from festivals past.
16 minutes | a month ago
Fashioning A Film Festival Amid The Pandemic: Part One
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Missouri was announced on March 7. That was day two of last year's True/False Film Festival. During the festival, South by Southwest — one of the biggest film festivals in the world — announced it was canceling its March dates, and the world of film festivals plunged into a year of uncertainty. Now, the True/False Film Festival is returning, with a different look, a different size and a very different venue. The True/False Podcast sat down with festival leaders to track the long road that led to this year's upcoming festival.
10 minutes | a month ago
New Season Announcement, And Hindsight Series Preview!
It's been a long break, but the True/False Podcast is coming back, and soon! Before the new season starts in earnest on March 17, though, we wanted to preview True/False's online film retrospective called Hindsight. The series runs over eight weeks leading up to this year's festival, and it features films from True/False's past. Virtual attendees can buy passes and tickets to the series on the True/False website to gain access to the films, as well as discussion questions and prompts to accompany them. Ted Rogers, the programmer at Ragtag Cinema, selected the films, and sat down with the podcast to explain what festival-goers can look forward to.
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