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True False 2019

True False Film Festival

In this archived edition of the True False podcast, we revisit a conversation with film-maker Deborah Stratman about the power of voice in her film "The Illinois Parables."

Stratman spoke with 2016 True False programmer Pamela Cohn, and we revisit the conversation in this edition of the True False podcast. 

The screening of ‘The Commons’ during the True/False Film Festival led to a lot of off-screen action as several students featured in the film challenged the filmmakers’ process. Was their work journalism? Or something else?

File photo / True False Film Festival

This week on Intersection, we'll look back on the weekend in Columbia that was the annual inspiration overload known as the True False Film Festival.

In this 16th year of the fest, the streets were taken over by art, film, conversation, confrontation, and inspiration. And KBIA was there, capturing some of the sights, sounds and conversations.

In this edition:

Sarah Nguyen

Columbia artist Sarah Nguyen has never attended the True/False Film Fest, and her first experience will certainly be a memorable one.

Her installation “Break Into Blossom” will be featured at the 2019 festival. Nguyen, who has lived in Columbia for less than a year, said she feels very honored to be part of the festival.

“This festival has so much weight in my mind,” she said. “I'm just psyched. I can't wait to meet the students and see the parades and, of course, see all of the other art installations and then the films.”

The True/False Film Festival is here and KBIA has been talking with filmmakers and artists.

Aviva Okeson-Haberman spoke with the director of Mike Wallace is Here, a documentary that examines the legacy of the legendary 60 minutes anchor.

Director Avi Belkin says he wanted to examine the life of a man who shaped broadcast news today. 


Emelie Mahdavian is the writer, editor and producer of this year's True Life Fund recipient "Midnight Traveler," showing at True False 2019.  The film is directed by film-maker Hassan Fazili, who documented his own family's  journey from Afghanistan as they fled the Taliban. Fazili shot the entire film on three cell phones. In this conversation, host Allison Coffelt talks with Mahdavian about the film's revelations on the asylum process, the nature of family and the elusiveness of happy endings. 

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

The 2019 True False Film Fest is here. And this week on Intersection, we're tossing the mic to the True False podcast team.

Podcast host Allison Coffelt sat down with three programmers behind the festival to get the highlights and themes emerging from this year's lineup. 

Featured guests: True False Programmers Abby Sun, Amir George and Chris Boeckmann, with True False Podcast host Allison Coffelt

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