The True/False Film Festival, which showcases "nonfiction with strong narratives or invested with a social mission," will open its 2006 edition today (Thursday). The festival will run February through Sunday in Columbia, Missouri. The festival's 36 feature documentaries include opening night's "The Heart of the Game," by Ward Serrill, about a Seattle high school girl's basketball team, its coach and a player's fight to remain eligible to play.
Eugene Jarecki will appear for the screening of his documentary "Why We Fight," about the reasons that have compelled the United States to go to war. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," an official Sundance 2006 selection, will screen with Sundberg in attendance. The movie is about a wrongfully convicted man who spent 20 years in prison. "The Devil and Daniel Johnston," a portrait of the manic-depressive musician, will also be shown. Director Jeff Feuerzeig and producer Henry Rosenthal will be at its screening.
True/False will host a number of sneak previews, among them Mike Akel's "Chalk," about novice teachers at a public high school, and Frank Piasecki Poulsen's "Guerrilla Girl," about a young Colombian girl training to become a guerrilla soldier.
The festival will honor Kirby Dick with its True Vision award for "creative advancement" of the craft of documentary filmmaking. There will be a retrospective screening of the director's work, including "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," which premiered at Sundance last month, about the Motion Picture Association of America and its ratings system. True/False will also recognize director Mark Lewis ("Cane Toads") for his work.
For a full schedule of films, events and seminars, visit the festival website.
[indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez will be at the True/False festival this weekend to participate in a panel discussion and report on the event.]