True/False Film Fest

True/False Film Fest
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True/False Film Fest

Reporting Real Life, Telling True Stories

Join us once again in Columbia, Missouri, from February 26-28 as a dynamic group of scholars, filmmakers and film critics engage in a series of thoughtful and energetic discussions about these intersections of documentary film and journalism and the implications of America's media of the future. The third year of Based on a True Story: The Intersection of Documentary Film and Journalism will again set about analyzing the intersection of nonfiction storytelling forms, advocacy in that storytelling, and the cultural and ethical implications of the convergence between journalism and documentary film.

An interdisciplinary group of scholars at the University of Missouri — sponsored by the Mizzou Advantage Program — will be partnering again with the True/False Film Festival to continue our tradition of light-hearted yet serious-minded discussions about documentary film. Conference attendees will spend time engaging with some of the top thinkers, purveyors, and practitioners of documentary film. It will be the perfect warm-up to the eleventh annual True/False Film Festival, February 27 – March 2, 2014!

The conference begins on Wednesday evening with a screening and Q&A. On Thursday, the discussion continues with four panels scheduled throughout the day, along with refreshment and lunch breaks to provide ample opportunity for interaction with the conference participants and attendees.

We hope you’ll join us for the conference and choose to stay on in Columbia for the True/False Film Festival, considered by many industry insiders as the best national documentary film festival.


Feb 25-26, Visit of documentary filmmaker Fred Kuwornu,
sponsored by the Mizzou Advantage program Based on a True Story

These events are free and open to the public

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:00 — 7:30 pm, Strickland Hall 105, African-Americans and the Double Victory: screening of Inside Buffalo and Q&A with director Fred Kuwornu

  • Wed., Feb. 26, 3:30 — 5:30 pm, Tate Hall 215, Ethnicity, National Identity, and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy: screening of 18 lus Soli and Q&A with director Fred Kuwornu

Sponsored by the Afro-Romance Institute, Romance Languages,
Film Studies and Based on a True Story