The True/False Film Festival will bring a free screening of "Concerned Student 1950" to the public this weekend. The festival is collaborating with the visual journalism field unit Field of Vision, who commissioned the short documentary film.
"Concerned Student 1950" is a short film by Varun Bajaj, Adam Dietrich and Kellan Marvin that follows the titular Black student activists at the University of Missouri, who helped to spark and rekindle a conversation about racism on college campuses last fall. Their widely popular protests involved typical to extreme reactions from a homecoming parade demonstration to a hunger strike. The activists were famously able to achieve their demand of getting President Tim Wolfe to resign. The filmmakers were given special permission to record these events as they occurred.
Out of this material, Bajaj, Dietrich and Marvin were able to create two short films. The first is a silent film called "#ConcernedStudent1950" and the second is 30-minute piece "Concerned Student 1950." Both will be released at the True/False Film Festival.
The Festival's Co-Conspirator David Wilson said in a statement, "Nonfiction filmmaking and journalism do not always have the same goals. But when extraordinary craft meets meticulous reporting as history gets made, this is as good as documentary gets. It is the festival's good fortune to partner with both the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism and Field of Vision to showcase young people on both sides of the camera lens."
"#ConcernedStudent1950" screens on Saturday, March 5 from 8 to 11 p.m. as part of the festival's Great Wall installation. "Concerned Student 1950" will be released this Saturday, March 5 at 11:30 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre to the public for free.