Arts and Culture

Ashley Reese / KBIA

The 13th True/False film festival brought new and interesting films from far and near to the city of Columbia once again this year. Last week, art installations filled the streets, large, colorful “Q” signs started appearing outside downtown businesses, and Columbia seemed much more crowded. The words on everyone's lips seemed to be “documentary.”  


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One of the defining images of the True/False Film Fest is the Q line. Scores. sometimes hundreds, of moviegoers line up behind rainbow cutouts of the letter Q to try and get into screenings throughout the weekend. They are guided and shepherded Q Queens, loud and loudly dressed, who answer questions and handout the highly prized Q slips.

Here are some of the sights and sounds from the Q at the 2016 True/False Film Fest.

  

    

Today Paul Pepper visits with MIKE DUNN, General Manager of KBIA, about their recent switch to all news and moving classical music to the new KMUC, as well as the spring pledge drive that starts tomorrow. Find out how much they're planning to raise in six short days! At [4:21] JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, invites everyone to stop by and see two portraits of early University of Missouri presidents as painted by George Caleb Bingham - it's all part of their "Picturing Politics" exhibit on display now! March 7, 2016

This week’s Off the Clock is about a band whose story is one that most millennials can relate to… the group’s founding members met on Tinder, a popular mobile dating application where users are prompted with pictures and short biographies. People can “swipe right” if they are interested in the other person, or “swipe left” if they’re not. In January 2014, former MU students Morgan Manson and Luke Dierker both swiped right.

Today Paul Pepper and ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, talk about Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," which you can see on stage at THP starting March 11th! At [4:40] BETTY HAGENHOFF invites everyone to a four-day used book sale at the St. Martins Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Martins, beginning March 9. Missouri River Regional Library and ABLE are behind this yearly event that features over 200,000 books! Watch for details. March 4, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC co-founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about all the ways her organization is helping members of our community who are maybe in crisis, or maybe just "stuck." Jane says, "many times people are just stuck and they need another person to brainstorm with them, to come along beside them and just be in it with them." Watch for ways that you can get involved! March 3, 2016

Photo by Ido Haar. Courtesy of Atzmor Productions

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

In "Presenting Princess Shaw," director Ido Haar follows Samantha Montgomery, an elderly care assistant and songstress, around the American South as she attempts to break into to the elusive word of music stardom. Montgomery uploads hundreds of videos of herself to YouTube under the pseudonym of Princess Shaw in hopes of getting some artistic recognition.


True/False

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

How do you make a film about the feelings and consequences of suicide through the story of a woman who has been dead 40 years and is barely remembered?

 

Manu Gerosa

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

The documentary "Between Sisters" is an intimate glimpse into the life of two aging sisters as they confront a family secret that has remained hidden for more than 60 years. A secret that could rock the sister’s relationship to its very core.


Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

The film "Sonita" follows the life of a young, passionate Afghani refugee living in Tehran, Iran, who dreams of becoming a rapper, but faces many challenges – including her status as an undocumented immigrant living in Iran and her mother’s plan to sell her as a child bride worth $9,000.


Provided

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When Owen Suskind was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, his parents didn't know if they would ever be able to communicate with their son again. That all changed once they realized Owen was using Disney animated films to understand the world. 


True/False

Each year, KBIA brings listeners our True/False Conversations which go inside the creative minds of the filmmakers screening films at the True/False Film Fest. This year, KBIA teamed up with film reviewers from "Vox Magazine" to produce reviews of eight of the feature films screening at the fest.

Those eight reviews are interspersed with excerpts of KBIA's interview with Stacey Woelfel, the director of the University of Missouri’s Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, who shared his thoughts on the upcoming fest. You can listen to that entire special here:


Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDITH MCKENNEY and CYNDY CHAPMAN about this Sunday's 6th annual "Music in the Air" concert fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Bill Clark will serve as the master of ceremonies for what's sure to be good fun for a good cause! Watch for details. March 2, 2016

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When David Farrier, a journalist from New Zealand, came across videos of competitive endurance tickling online, he thought he had found one of the most unique sports out there. But when he tried to reach out and learn more about the sport, he was met with an alarming amount hostility.


Last week, Thinking Out Loud’s Darren Hellwege attended the Poetry Out Loud competition, in which students from all over Mid-Missouri recited poems. Darren takes us to the competition and visits with a Hickman High School student who was the day’s winner.


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Documentaries don’t only happen on screen.

This past fall, students in their first semester at the University of Missouri's Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism put together audio documentaries which explore the lives of some of Columbia’s residents. Their stories explore life on campus and off, from the world of music to the world of fatherhood.

Listen to our complete radio special of selected commentaries here:

    

Photo courtesy of Estephan Wagner and Moritz Siebert

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

On the northern coast of Morocco, Africa is separated tantalizingly from European territory by a heavily guarded fence. The fence – tall, imposing and dangerous – is the bottleneck for thousands of Africans hoping to cross the border to the European territory at the tip of Morocco before coming one step closer to navigating the Mediterranean Sea to continental Europe.


Today Paul Pepper visits JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, about a couple of upcoming concerts featuring the youths of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory - and the best part is, it's free! At [3:47] DR. HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, invites everyone to see "Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale and Other Plays" this weekend at the Corner Playhouse.  This is the third in a trilogy of plays based on Heather's experiences since being diagnosed with breast cancer. March 1, 2016

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

 


Boone County Historical Society

If you ever visited Columbia's former Boone Tavern restaurant, you may have seen the many photos that lined the walls of the former downtown eatery. These images of historic Columbia, represent the photo collection assembled over many years by former restaurant owner Dick Walls. When Bleu Restaurant took over the space three years ago, the pictures of parades on brick streets and MU student revelry didn't really fit the new restaurant's aesthetic.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about CDFY's methods for teaching school-aged children to live tobacco-free. Joy says, "we are changing the minds and attitudes of the youth; in order to effectively change long-term behavior, we have to change the minds and attitudes of the entire community." February 29, 2016

Photo courtesy of True/False

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. In her documentary, "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes," Brett Story seeks to redefine both how and where the prison in America is viewed.


 When the theatre curtain rises, an audience watched a world created through a seamless blend of costumes, lights, sounds and actors. But look past what’s on stage, and you’ll find the finger prints of technicians and artisans, many of whom you’ll never directly see. KBIA’s Annie Rees went behind the scenes of the MU theatre department’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to learn about the process of putting on a play. 

Antonio Tibaldi

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

From afar, "Thy Father's Chair" seems to follows the apparent television mantra: "Hoarders makes for great entertainment." But even as the first scenes unfold, it's clear that this is not the average messy house story. The observational documentary follows a pair of adult Orthodox Jewish twins, who are forced to clean up their family's Brooklyn home after the death of their parents. However, as they dig through the clutter and garbage, the twins and the filmmakers delve into questions about faith, rules, pain and letting go.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN, who shares with us another original poem about snakes. This one - slightly disturbing if you're a fan of rabbits - is titled "Chinese Boxes," and takes place just off the MKT Trail in Columbia. February 26, 2016

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This time of year is especially exciting to everyone - gardeners and non-gardeners alike. That’s because we’ve more or less been cooped up inside all winter, and are as ready as ever to bust out of the back door and do something, anything outside.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROBERT GREENE, filmmaker and professor at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, about his latest film, "Kate Plays Christine." Robert takes us inside the making of the film, which recently won the U.S Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing at the Sundance Film Festival and will play at the 2016 True/False Film Festival. February 25, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. SUZANNE BURGOYNE, director of MU Theatre's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." Dr. Burgoyne takes us inside the making of this comedy, which - at it's most basic of descriptions - is 'theatre about theatre.' Don't miss it starting tonight in the Rhynsburger Theatre. At [4:28] JUDY ARNET, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, encourages everyone to 'savor the flavor of eating right,' which also happens to be the theme of National Nutrition Month! February 24, 2016

Photo Courtesy / Molly Reynolds

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest. Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes. 

As far away as Australia feels for Americans, that’s how far Ramingining feels for the average Australian. Tucked away in the far northern part of the continent, the Australian government established Ramingining in the 1970s. It then proceeded to move several groups of indigenous aboriginals out of their native bush and into the new town.


Low Key Pictures

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

High school can be difficult, and for some students, traditional high schools don't work. This is the case for the students at Black Rock High School who serve as the subject of the film, "The Bad Kids."


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