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True/False Conversations
12:09 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Killing Time: A 'bare film' documenting the day of a Texas execution

Killing Time
Credit Still from the film / Jaap Van Hoewijk

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.

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True/False Conversations
2:34 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

‘Private Violence’ dismantles domestic abuse myths

Credit Courtesy of Cynthia Hill

When her ex-husband would beat her, survivor Deanna Walters says her family used to ask her "Why don't you just leave him?" 

If only the answer were simple. And for long-time advocate for domestic abuse survivors Kit Gruelle, if only no one would ever ask that question. 

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True/False Conversations
9:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Faith brings healing in 'Miraculous Tales'

Mickey McGuigan is one of the main characters in Daniel Vernon's documentary film "Miraculous Tales," which features stories of faith healing and folk healing in Ireland.
Photo courtesy Daniel Vernon

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

Films and filmmakers from around the world are converging in mid-Missouri this weekend for the annual True/False Film Fest.

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True/False Conversations
8:30 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Manakamana' takes viewers on a pilgrimage via cable car

A still image from the documentary "Manakamana," which is screening at the 2014 True/False Film Fest.
Image courtesy Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez

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

This weekend is the annual True/False Film Fest, bringing documentary films and filmmakers to Columbia from all over the world.

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Arts and Culture
5:30 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

'The Notorious Mr. Bout' explores nuances of convicted arms dealer

The film “The Notorious Mr. Bout” was created in part from archival footage culled from Bout’s own home movies.
Credit The Notorious Mr. Bout

Listen to Katie Hiler's conversation with the filmmakers of "The Notorious Mr. Bout."

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

For more than a decade, Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout was widely thought of as the brilliant, elusive figure at the head of a global arms trade.  By the time he was brought down by an elaborate sting operation in 2008, Bout’s reputation in the media was that of a super villain. But in their film "The Notorious Mr. Bout," Maxim Pozdorovkin and Tony Gerber examine Bout’s life in the arms trade through a slightly different lens – his own. Before he became known as the “Merchant of Death,” Bout was to some simply a businessman, a travel enthusiast, and an amateur filmmaker.

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True/False Conversations
5:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

'Bronx Obama' puts the American dream under a microscope

Louis Ortiz
Ryan Murdock Bronx Obama

Listen to Ryan Famuliner's interview with Bronx Obama Director Ryan Murdock

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

The film Bronx Obama has the danger of becoming a novelty act – much like the subject of the film. Louis Ortiz was unemployed when someone at a bar in 2008 told them he looked a lot like that Senator, Barack Obama. When that Senator became President, Ortiz’s life changed.

Ortiz decides to try to turn his look into cash, and then into a career, at least while it lasts. The film Bronx Obama goes beyond the “gee whiz” aspect of Ortiz’s story. Director Ryan Murdock shows how Ortiz’s re-invention of himself affects his life, his family and his psyche.

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True/False Conversations
12:18 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Exploring one of literature's most complex works in 'The Joycean Society'

A still shot from the documentary film "The Joycean Society," which is screening at the True/False Film Fest of 2014.
Dora Garcia Lopez

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

Literature lovers, get ready: This year, the True/False Film Fest will take you to a James Joyce reading group.

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Arts and Culture
11:37 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Did you miss Ushio Shinohara box a canvas at True/False this year? Check this out

The results of Ushio Shinohara's painting demonstration on Sunday at True/False
Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

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