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We’ve compiled a list of previous documentaries available at DBRL from the directors who are presenting films at the upcoming True/False Film Fest. Check out their old films before you attend the fest for their new films!
True/False 2014 film: “The Unknown Known”
Past films as director: “Mr. Death,” “The Fog of War,” “The Thin Blue Line,” “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control,” “Vernon, Florida,” “Gates of Heaven,” “Standard Operating Procedure,” “Tabloid”
To see more about the films showing at True False 2014, check out the list of films on the True/False website. Be sure to check out our True/False Film Fest films at DBRL to see lists of past True False films.
We recently added “Cutie and the Boxer” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 96% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:In New York City in 1969, nineteen-year-old art student Noriko fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world. But 40 years later and still struggling, Ushio remains consumed with reinforcing his legacy via his ‘boxing’ paintings, while Noriko is now finding her own creative voice through a series of drawings.
February 24: “The Michigan Beer Film” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Forum 8. (via)
February 25: “Moving Midway” 7:00 p.m. at Ragtag. (via)
February 26: “The Crash Reel” 8:00 p.m. at Wrench Auditorium, free. (via)
February 27-March 2: True False Film Fest in downtown Columbia. (via)
We recently added “Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:Rock and roll legend Levon Helm is at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight.
We recently added “Manhunt” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013 and currently has a rating of 100% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:The May 1, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden took 40 minutes. The CIA’s hunt for Bin Laden took two decades. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Festival, Manhunt tells the remarkable true story of the nearly 20-year pursuit of the world’s most notorious terrorist. Directed by Emmy-nominee Greg Barker, the film features testimony and recollections – some shared for the first time – from top CIA officers, many of them women, who labored to eliminate Bin Laden’s terrorist organization and eventually the man himself. Based on the book “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad” by Peter Bergen, this documentary feature is a real-life spy thriller that reveals behind-the-scenes accounts from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives, who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that make up this fascinating yet painful chapter in American military and political history.
February 17: “Cutie and the Boxer” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Forum 8. (via)
February 19: “Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin” 6:00 p.m. at the MU Student Center, free. (via)
February 19: “Dirty Wars” 7:30 p.m. at MU’s Arts & Science building, free. (via)
February 20: “First Generation” 6:00 pm at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, free. (via)
February 20: “Taking Pinhook” 6:00 p.m. at the MU Student Center, free. (via)
“Herman’s House” (90 min.) tells the story of Herman Wallace, who may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States—he’s spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. When Herman meets artist Jackie Sumell, he finds a remarkable expression for his decades-long struggle. In this documentary by Angad Singh Bhalla we see the transformative power of art. The screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
We recently added “20 Feet from Stardom” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 99% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more.
February 9: “Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival” 2:00 pm at the Blue Note. (via)
February 10: “Blackfish” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Forum 8. (via)
February 11: “Diago: A Maroon Artist” 6:00 p.m. at MU Student Center, free. (via)
February 12: “Quilombo Country” 7:00 p.m. at Strickland Hall, free. (via)
February 13: “Musafer: Sikhi is Traveling” 6:00 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church, free. (via)
Due to the icy weather conditions, we were forced to cancel both sessions of our ”How to True/False” event this past weekend. Now that preparations for the film festival are in full force, we will not be able to reschedule this program. If you are a first-time attendee, we recommend reviewing “How to Festival,” an online guide for newbies available on the True/False website.
We also wanted to share that the library will be raffling two free Lux passes to one lucky winner. You must register online to enter. These passes, valued at $175 each, will give you nearly unlimited access to the festival’s most popular films and special events. The winner will be selected at random and contacted on Tuesday, February 4. One entry per person, please. You must live in Boone or Callaway County to be eligible.
Don’t forget that the library has an extensive collection of documentaries for you to borrow for free with your library card. We have dozens of former True/False selections for you to enjoy along with popular television series like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.” Our next free screening at the library will be April 23 when we show “Herman’s House,” a documentary that demonstrates the transformative power of art.
February 1: How to True False at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
February 1: Third Goal International Film Festival at the MU Student Center, free. (via)
February 3: “20 Feet From Stardom” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Forum 8. (via)
February 4: “God Loves Uganda” starts at Ragtag. (via)
February 5: “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” starts at Ragtag. (via)
February 6: “Fuel” 7:00 p.m. at the MU Student Center, free. (via)
We recently added “The Act of Killing” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 95% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.
Saturday, February 1
Session one: 10:30-11:30 a.m. or Session two: Noon-1 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Get ready for the True/False Film Festival with 102.3 BXR and 1400 KFRU. You’ll get a step-by-step explanation of all things True/False, including a Q&A session with fest organizers and an exclusive sneak peek at a few films before the schedule is released. This program is expected to fill up, so we’re offering two sessions of the same program that you can attend. Find additional parking in the library’s north lot.
Don’t forget that we have many of the past True/False films in the DBRL collection. You can view our True/False Film Fest lists that we’ve set up on our catalog.
We recently added “Strongman” to the DBRL collection. The film won the grand jury prize at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2009 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
A modern cinema-verite classic, Strongman follows the hopes and heartbreaking humanity of professional strongman Stainless Steel, the only person in the world who can bend a penny with his fingers as he attempts to reshape his world with his mighty grasp.