- For Immediate Release: February 10, 2014 - 

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Creativity blooms in Columbia during the spring months. Come celebrate the arts in Columbia this spring with an internationally-acclaimed documentary film festival and fun and exciting art-focused events that will appeal to all audiences. Read on for just a few of the creative things going on around Columbia this spring. 

While the rest of the country is just beginning to stir from its winter hibernation, downtown Columbia, Missouri will be in the midst of a fevered frenzy of filmmakers, cinephiles, artists and musicians during the True/False Film Fest, February 27 through March 2.


The long festival weekend wraps up with two closing night films and the raucous Buskers Last Stand. 
Photo courtesy of True/False Film Fest.

In just eleven years, festival organizers have managed to create a buzz-worthy, can't-miss event that has invaded the national cinema conscience - it was recently named one of the top 50 cultural events to experience in 2014 by TIME magazine - and is consistently being ranked as one of the top documentary festivals in the world. This celebration of life and film consists of four, action-packed days (and late nights) of excitement and intrigue revolving around some of the finest documentaries in the world. Aside from the masterful films, the fest keeps attendees in a fervor with a handful of highly sought-after secret screenings of films, masquerade balls, game shows, dance parties, ingenious art installations, a frenetic ragtag parade and bucolic busking musicians from around the globe. With such a lust for life packed into a whirlwind of four days, it's nearly impossible for attendees not to sense the magic and mystique that reality offers.


Most of the celebrated films come freshly discovered from Sundance, Toronto and other big name festivals, while other docs appear mysteriously before their official premieres elsewhere. Photo courtesy of True/False Film Fest.
The film program consists of over 60 documentaries (roughly 37 features, three short film programs and an outdoor "shorts" installation titled The Great Wall), including the heartbreaking Missouri-shot film, Rich Hill, which won the 2014 Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Sundance. Another aspect of the fest that makes it a unique experience is that nearly every director will be present at the screenings to discuss his or her film and field questions from the audience, making each showing a very personal experience for the auteurs and attendees alike.


All festival venues are interspersed throughout downtown Columbia and within quick walking distance from one another, making it one of the easiest festivals to attend and enjoy. 


For more information on the 2014 True/False Film Fest (including a full program of filmsfestival passes, festivities and musicians), and an informative guide on "How to Festival," please visit TrueFalse.org.

Columbia Celebrates Creativity With Art-Focused Events

  • Artrageous Fridays Art Crawl Artrageous FridaysThis quarterly event offers patrons of the arts the opportunity to meet and mingle with local and regional artists in Columbia's historic downtown district, Friday, April 25. Free and open to the public, Artrageous Fridays is a self-guided art crawl celebrating the thriving arts and cultural scene of Columbia. This festive evening runs from 6-9 p.m. and features live music and performances as well as original works in many mediums ranging from paintings and photography to sculptures and hand-crafted jewelry and wares, all of which are available for purchase. An art crawl map and a full listing of participating galleries, studios, shops and restaurants can be found at  ArtrageousFridays.com.  
  • Art in the Park The 56th Annual Art in the Park festival will be held June 7-8 at Stephens Lake Park. First held in 1958, Art in the Park is the oldest and largest juried art festival in mid-Missouri. It is the highlight of the season in this arts-focused community, featuring over 100 visual artists from around the country displaying paintings, ceramics, metal sculpture, photography, jewelry and other media. Art in the Park also will include musical and magical entertainment for children and adults alike, a children's art area, an Emerging Artist Pavilion showing work by local high school and undergraduate students and a Young Collector's Tent. Art in the Park runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Stephens Lake Park is located at 2001 E. Broadway, just 1.5 miles east of downtown Columbia. For more information, please call 573-443-8838 or visit ArtintheParkColumbia.org.

Columbia features a mix of small town charm and friendliness with the amenities and cultural offerings of a big city. There is always something exciting to see and do in Columbia, so for more information on these events and other ways to have fun in Columbia, please contact Megan McConachie
at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-652-0987 or at VisitColumbiaMO.com.

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