{ Three of my favorite things are at True/False 2014 }

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

The True/False documentary film festival is a jubilant affair that erupts all over downtown Columbia, Missouri, at the close of each winter. It’s special for lots of reasons. Directors, producers and subjects answer questions at the end of every show. Buskers play onstage before films and fill the streets when they’re off duty (by the way – Did you know Lawrence, Kansas, has a busker festival?). Visual artists install quirky scenes in every corner of every venue. Speaking of which, we planted our last orange trees this evening, which means…

True/False is this weekend!  Here’s what I’m watching:

{ Documentary about Social Capital in the Rural Midwest }

Rich Hill, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo. One of the best interviews I’ve ever done was with these two cool cousins, whose family is anchored in Rich Hill, Missouri. (Actually, you can read that Q&A in Missouri Life on newsstands now.) Tracy and Andrew are compassionate, intelligent, talented people, very gracious with their time and very thoughtful in their responses. I am so excited to see their work on the big screen.

{ Documentary about One of My Favorite Musicians Ever }

20,000 Days on Earth, about Nick Cave. Done. I’m there. When Esquire put him on its list of weird men last month, Tom Junod said, “His songs might be classified as either ‘sacred or profane’ or ‘sacred and profane,’ and that tells you how indispensably weird he is.”

{ Documentary about Science and the Questions it Answers }

Particle Fever, directed by Mark Levinson. It follows six scientists at the launch of the Large Hadron Collider and promises to both excite a general audience and get really philosophical. Sounds perfect.

Anyone want to check the lineup and tell me what you’re seeing?

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