How Much Fun was the True/False Festival?

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Hmmm, lots of fun! I can’t imagine a festival being more diverse, inclusive and appreciated by locals, students and visitors than True/False. It is held in the middle of middle america, which isn’t where you immediately think of looking for a documentary film festival. I can just give a few glimpses of why it is such a great festival, and thank everyone for giving the Posters Came from the Walls such a great reception.

So a few things… there was a great parade! The whole town seemed to be involved. Here’s just a taste..
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typical participants in True/False parade
typical participants in True/False parade
A slightly shy R2D2 in the parade
A slightly shy R2D2 in the parade
I hope these photos give a taste of how the people of Columbia, Missouri have taken the festival to heart.

Another cool thing was bands played between films. For instance, here’s Exene of the legendary L.A. band X (you have to see them in ‘The Decline of Western Civilization Part 1‘ to see how fantastic they used to be!) playing before my friend Jamie Johnson‘s film ‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit
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And we had two showings of ‘The Posters Came from the Walls’, which also meant two great Q and A sessions. People ‘got’ the film. I was cornered at various times over the weekend by people including an Alan Parsons Project fan (!) who felt the film captured the passion of being a fan of whatever band, while a lovely Russian lady wanted to thank me for getting across exactly how the fans feel in Russia (and if you’ve seen the film, you’ll know just how excited the Russian devotees get!). It was also a pleasure to meet a few hardcore Depeche fans from the USA. People had driven for hours to see the film, and they all loved the way it showed Depechists (‘like Communists, Faschist, …ist!’ … see the movie!) to be quirky, slightly geeky, but utterly charming and all different. Anyway, the questions were all interesting, and it was nice to hear people’s opinions. I just hope more people get to see it!