So, I was at the beck and call of the wonderful True/False film festival all this weekend. When I wasn’t volunteering, I was either sitting in a film, “Q”-ing (queueing) for a film, drinking coffee, taking in the fantastically inspiring atmosphere of Columbia during this eclectic weekend — or partaking in some combination of these. True/False weekend is one — if not THE — best weekends here, because not only does it draw people of many different mindsets, backgrounds and places to call home, but it also breeds this very intellectual-but-friendly environment that I’ve really never experienced somewhere else. I’ve never been to the Cannes festival or Sundance, and because I’ve had such a great couple years (and hope to have for the next couple years) at True/False, I don’t think my loyalties could ever sway. (This is also why I probably should never cover the fest as a journalist, because my coverage would be unequivocally and shamelessly positive and worshipping.) But this doesn’t mean that I can’t look at the fest as a participant with my journalist eyes and ears open. Needless to say, a film fest devoted to documentaries is going to raise a few ethical questions; it’s just that I got to see so many films this year that I want to express these moments where I questioned, sat in awe and wandered into new mental places.
So, following this will a nice little review for each movie I saw and what questions they raised for me. I’ll try to be concise (this is my active goal from now on). I think I’ll just do it in alphabetical order, because I honestly can’t choose the order in which I liked the films:
1. 1/2 Revolution
2. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
5. Gypsy Davy
6. Herman’s House
7. The Impostor
8. The Island President
9. Secret Screening Gold
10. Secret Screening Red
I already miss True/False. The Monday after is always a sad day.
(Also, the Q&A sessions with the directors after each film — an aspect of the fest that I absolutely love — helped reveal a lot. I hope the fest continues to do this in future fests.)