True/False Film Fest Opens in Columbia

1 decade 7 months 5 days ago February 23, 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 10:41:39 PM CST in News

The True/False Film Festival's third year in town has attracted thousands of people.

Ticket sales have already tripled compared to last year.

Film enthusiast Anne Meysenburg found it difficult to buy tickets this time around. "I was here earlier to try and get tickets, and the line was so long I couldn't get in, and a lot of the stuff I wanted to see was sold out. Whereas last year, I got a couple of the movies I wanted to see right away," she said.

This weekend you can choose from 40 documentaries from all over the world and meet the movie-makers.

Festival Travel Coordinator Anne Youmans said, "We bring in a lot of the people associated with the films. There's either a director, producer or the subject of the movie with nearly every film that's being presented here this weekend."

For those who are not into documentaries, there are still reasons to go to the festival. "Just so they can get an alternative viewpoint and see what's out there. Also to support something that's a cultural happening in the community. We wanted to continue to grow because it draws such a large amount of people to the community," added Youmans.

Downtown store owners definitely aren't complaining about the extra people.

Restaurant owner Adam Dushoff is one of those who benefit from the crowds. "When we were involved in it we had a great turnout with everybody over the weekend, and it was just a lot of fun. Anything that brings people downtown is always very positive to us."

The movies will be shown in five venues- the Missouri Theatre, the Blue Note, the Ragtag Cinema, the Cherry Street Artisan, and the Forrest Theater at the Tiger Ballroom.

Tickets are available at the Cherry Street Artisan. Movie tickets are seven dollars each, while a weekend pass is 60 dollars.

The festival ends on Sunday.

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