The True/False Film Festival rules. Flat out. It combines one of my favorite pastimes (watching documentary films) within the confines of one of my favorite places on Planet Earth (Columbia Mo). Obviously, I’m more than a little biased here. But don’t take my word for it, even Roger Ebert is givin’ shout-outs!
Not that they need it, what makes the festival great is that there is NOT a juried prize, so people can just relax, be themselves, and enjoy the wide variety of docs without worrying about some sort of silly popularity contest. I cannot recommend it enough…..
Mads Brugger (a white dutch man) becomes a Liberian diplomat (in the Congo). Basically seeing what he can get away with (illegal contracts, secret taping, diamond smuggling), this documentary was both hilarious and terrifying. As revealing as it was amoral.
Marina Abromovic: The Artist is Present
This really floored me. I have to admit, my relationship with performance art is sketchy at best, but this was so revealing. Marina Abromovic’s latest piece was to sit across from a museum visitor, everyday for 7 hours for 3 months! I will admit, I didn’t understand at first; now I do. Very powerful stuff within the confines of these frames…….
Vivan Las Antipodas
Antipodes are a fascinating concept, they are basically the opposite spot of earth from where you are. It was great to hear the director, Victor Kossakovsky, describe how the idea of the movie came from watching someone fishing and imagining where the other end of the line would come out. I guess you could technically call this a nature film, but without all the silly Discovery-channel-dramatic hyperbole. The film focusses on four different locales and the locals that exist there. My favorite is the Russian sheepherder who has named all his sheep.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Again, another artist I knew something about, but was glad to have the full picture fleshed out. If you think social media is just for pictures of your kids, and unbearable status updates, you need to see this to be reminded how its power can be harnessed. Documenting both his artistic work and his very real struggle with being a Chinese dissident, Ai is truly deserving of the importance he is afforded.
Comic-con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Morgan Spurlock’s very loving documentary about nerdtopia. This will be HUGE, mark my words. The film very wisely follows 4 different protagonists (illustrator, cos-player, comic store owner, and young nerd in love), so there’s a distinct codification of geekness that I think will appeal to this particular audience. They just need a variant edition………
Again, these were only 5 of the 40 films, you can check out full lineup here. Fantastic event, do check it out some year……