Another fantastic time was had by yours truly at the True/False Film festival this year. I saw many enlightening documentaries, as well taking a mini culinary tour of Columbia Mo. (catfish, bbq, etc.). I cannot recommend this festival enough, here’s my highlights:
20,000 days on earth / Dir. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Portrait of the artist as a very fancy man. Stylistically, there’s not another music doc like this, however watching Cave drive his luxury sedan to his shrink to discuss his father wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Worth it for the Warren Ellis appearances.
Rich Hill / Dir. Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos
Poor, white and rural, but to the filmmakers credit (they grew up in Rich Hill) it avoids judgement. There are moments of staggering beauty in this otherwise bleak tale about being a kid and having no options.
Tim’s Vermeer / Dir. Teller
Someone said at the screening I was at (after Tim himself came out) that he was the most inspiring person they had ever seen on-screen. I couldn’t agree more. Tim’s superhuman will to discover leads to an answer we haven’t known for 350 years.
Jodorowsky’s Dune / Dir. Frank Pavich
Jodorowsky had one criteria for anyone working on his Dune adaptation. THEY MUST BE A SPIRIT WARRIOR! Film as a vision quest, as well as the ultimate “what if?” for the science-fiction world.
Particle Fever / Dir. Mark Levinson
I think just explaining particle physics is pretty impressive. Here is everything you wanted to know about the Large Hadron Collider in France. Amazingly, the point of this 7.5 billion-dollar operation is to “make sure they’re on the right track“! A fascinating look at how science and hypothesis interact.
The Joycean Society / Dir. Dora Garcia
Uber-smarties meet in Zürich to discuss Finnegans Wake, which they’ve been doing since the 80’s. The movie is about an hour-long and they only cover a page and half! Finnegans Wake knowledge is not required, but you’ll probably be infected after seeing this.
Here’s a link to the 2012 wrap-up, should you need more to watch…