Friday Hindsights


March March

Festgoers celebrate during March March

Festgoers celebrate during March March on Friday in Columbia.

The march that kicked off the festival was free and open to the public. Marchers used their imagination and dressed colorfully, with some holding handmade props. Heading down Ninth Street, they set the scene for the 2020 True/False Film Fest.

Reality Bites

Right after the march ended, many attendees went straight to the lobbies of the Missouri Theatre, the Columbia Art League and The Picturehouse to sample food from some of the best restaurants in town.

Campfire Stories

Led by Tonina on the upright bass, this gathering of people, drinks and s'mores was joined by six filmmakers at Studio 4.

Short Circuit Party

This event honored and celebrated 28 of True/False's finest short filmmakers.


'Welcome to Chechnya'

Everyday citizens of Chechnya come together to bring LGBT+ residents to safety amid Russia's anti-gay purges.

'Boys State'

Over a thousand teenage boys from Texas spend a week at the state capital competing for the title of 2018 Texas Boys State governor.

'Feels Good Man'

A recounting of how one comic strip of a frog was transformed by users with their own agenda on social media platforms.

Saturday Foresights


The Ramble

Gabriel Williams leads a tour of downtown Columbia that's actually a collective poetic improvisation.

Noon to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m., Sager Braudis Gallery, 1025 E. Walnut St.

Free and open to the public

Filmmaker Fete

A banquet honoring filmmakers hosted by Orr Street Studios and featuring tasty refreshments.

4 to 6 p.m., Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St.

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders; ticket included in packet.

'Gimme Truth!'

A documentary game show hosted by Brian Babylon featuring local nonprofessional filmmakers who attempt to fool seasoned directors by presenting their true or false two-minute docs.

10:15 to 11:45 p.m., The Blue Note's Showtime Documentary Films Theater, 17 N. Ninth St.

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.


'Dick Johnson is Dead'

Both a comedy and tragedy, Dick Johnson is Dead blends experiencing reality and coping with it as protagonist Kirsten Johnson works through losing her father to dementia by fake-killing him in every way possible. Reflective, macabre and weird, Dick Johnson confronts the horrors of loss with a begrudging smile.

7 to 8:30 p.m., Jesse Auditorium

'City So Real'

The Windy City rarely felt so turbulent as during Lori Lightfoot's mayoral race. Both the city's first openly gay and female African American mayor, both the race and preceding murder trial of a Chicago police officer highlight the difficult blue-collar life of many Chicago residents.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Forrest Theater


When a tragic fire hits a Bucharest night club, victims were assured by officials that they would receive the best care available. But as time passed, the body count grew. Director Alexander Nanau follows reporters as they work to uncover the abyss of corruption that allowed for the deaths of so many.

3:30 to 5:20 p.m., Missouri Theatre

For the full list of events and parties and the film schedule, go to the True/False website.

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