Folk to Folk traveled to True/False Film Festival, a documentary film festival in Columbia, Missouri, in February 2013.
At 10 years, the festival has a reputation for being one of the most laid back and enjoyable out there. This could be because Columbia, with its college-town feel and Midwestern vibes, is a warm, welcoming, easily navigated place. Or it could be because the 800 volunteers and cooperation of the entire town makes everyone feel like they're old friends, coming home to see carefully curated films and art without the air of intense competition, like some bigger festivals out there.
But the music that floods the streets of Columbia throughout the festival adds another dimension to the True/False experience. In 2013, almost 40 bands came to Columbia as buskers and set up shop anywhere they could fit. They took the stage before films, on the streets, in bars and restaurants and coffee shops, in alley ways and hotels.
We were happy to be there, documenting the documentary festival.
What's it like to be part of the music at True/False Film Festival?
"We get to showcase these amazing bands... they get to play to 1,400 people, and they usually are used to playing on the street."
"Even the people who are coming to see other forms of art... are dishing out whatever cash they have in their pockets for the musicians."
"I think it's cool that the festival has a way of 'being' that everyone expects and gets... but they keep it fresh."
We spoke on a panel about "DIY" alongside Thomas Sallings, representing the Hairhole, a space in town that was forced to close its doors soon after the festival. We took a guided walk through of the space and learned a bit about the community that made it an incubator for music and arts scene in Columbia for over four years.
More from Amanda Rainey and Leola Lula, co-directors of music at True/False Film Festival.
More from Syna So Pro on her first time at True/False Film Festival.
More from Rob Frye of Flux Bikes on music at True/False.
More from Dustin Hamman of Run On Sentence, veteran True/False Music performer and leader of the Busker's Last Stand (see top photo) on the T/F experience.
Paul Rucker on the T/F Music experience and finding art everywhere.