True/False Film Fest Photo Essay Series Part Four: The Music

By:AUTHOR | @MAILTOLINK

Each year, the True/False Film Festival brings documentary films, filmmakers, festival volunteers, and eager moviegoers to Columbia, Missouri.  But there is another component to the festival that has become very important as well: music.  Each True/False Film Festival weekend also sees an influx of bands, songwriters, musicians, and buskers: traipsing the streets and alleys of Columbia; performing indoors and outdoors; playing for large crowds in ticketed venues or for small groups of people on street corners.   Most of the musicians land gigs at festival events, while some come to town merely to add their voices to the vast musical chorus that serves as a crucial underpinning to the True/False Film Festival experience.  Working as a volunteer photographer for the festival, I was fortunate to be assigned a shift photographing the Saturday Musical Showcase at Café Berlin.  The evening featured four acts, including the multi-instrumental vocalist Tonina, the New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans, DJ Namesake with pinkcaravan!, from St. Louis, and St. Louis-based 18andCounting with The Only Ensemble as the closing act.  To learn more about the music featured during the 2018 True/False Film Festival, take a look at the True/False Film Fest website.  Photos from each of the Fest’s four days can be found on the True/False Film Fest Facebook page.

Stephen Bybee

True/False Volunteer Photographer

Musician Tonina Saputo dazzles the crowd at Cafe Berlin Saturday night during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Musician Tonina Saputo dazzles the crowd at Cafe Berlin Saturday night during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans played Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans played Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Rap poetess pinkcaravan! takes the stage at Cafe Berlin Saturday night. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Rap poetess pinkcaravan! takes the stage at Cafe Berlin Saturday night. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

18 and Counting performs with The Only Ensemble Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

18 and Counting performs with The Only Ensemble Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans put on a hot performance Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans put on a hot performance Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

The trumpet player of New Creations Brass Band gets lost in a riff during a performance at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

The trumpet player of New Creations Brass Band gets lost in a riff during a performance at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band tuba player anchors the rhythm during a performance Saturday at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band tuba player anchors the rhythm during a performance Saturday at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

DJ Namesake performs at Cafe Berlin during True/False 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

DJ Namesake performs at Cafe Berlin during True/False 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Rap poetess pinkcaravan! takes the stage at Cafe Berlin Saturday night. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Rap poetess pinkcaravan! takes the stage at Cafe Berlin Saturday night. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

18 and Counting performs with The Only Ensemble Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

18 and Counting performs with The Only Ensemble Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

18 and Counting performs with The Only Ensemble Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

18 and Counting performs with The Only Ensemble Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

The violin player from The Only Ensemble picks up a mandolin during a performance Saturday night at Cafe Berlin during T/F 2018.. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

The violin player from The Only Ensemble picks up a mandolin during a performance Saturday night at Cafe Berlin during T/F 2018.. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

The Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck becomes a lifesaver for hungry Festgoers Saturday night outside Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

The Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck becomes a lifesaver for hungry Festgoers Saturday night outside Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Musician Tonina Saputo dazzles the crowd at Cafe Berlin Saturday night during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

Musician Tonina Saputo dazzles the crowd at Cafe Berlin Saturday night during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

New Creations Brass Band found themselves too large to take the stage at Cafe Berlin Saturday night.(Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band found themselves too large to take the stage at Cafe Berlin Saturday night.(Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans put on a hot performance Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans put on a hot performance Saturday night at Cafe Berlin. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)