On Feb. 7, 2008, Cookie Thornton, a resident of the Meacham Park neighborhood in Kirkwood, entered a Kirkwood City Council meeting and started shooting. Six people died, including Thornton.
Filmmaker Sarah Paulsen has recently produced an animated film, Elegy to Connie, that focuses on the story of Kirkwood Councilwoman Connie Karr, one of the victims, and her efforts to give greater voice to women and minorities.
Documentary film has been very prominent in Columbia in the past few weeks. The 11th True/False Film Festival ended Sunday, and a new documentary film program was recently added to the Missouri School of Journalism. This edition focuses on documentary film and its presence in education and students’ lives.
The True/False Film Festival has consistently offered volunteer positions for students since it started in 2004. Along with access to all of the documentaries showcased at the festival, students can meet with directors, ask questions about the filmmaking process and participate in other activities throughout the weekend.
The True/False Film Festival will run from today until Sunday, and will showcase more than 40 films, dozens of works of art and many musical guests. Volunteers spent most of Thursday preparing for the rush of film-goers from all over the country. Kelsey Oerly says she is excited to finally contribute to the festival.
The Based on a True Story conference kicks off today and hopes to provide a new perspective over the relationship between journalism and documentary filmmaking. The conference was started three years ago by MU Associate Professor of German Brad Prager.
The 6th annual Citizen Jane film festival kicked off Friday at Stephen’s College. The festival will celebrate women filmmakers and—this year—adds a participatory summit to kick start a conversation about getting more in filmmaking.
This year, the festival held the first ever “Citizen Jane Summit” on Thursday.
Programming Director, Kerri Yost, told Thursday’s crowd she was proud of this cadence of friendliness.
“I really feel that everybody here creates what it is for us,” Yost said. “And it sounds really silly, but we’re trying to make a large change right now in the film industry and we truly believe that could come from the people.”
The summit is just one of the many events at the Citizen Jane festival that is not film.