True/False Film Fest Photo Essay Series Part Two: The Community Art and Outreach

By: Stephen Bybee | sbybee@newzgroup.com

Besides being a documentary film festival, The True/False Film Fest has also become a remarkable vehicle for bringing art to the public eye, and for bringing art installations into the public sector.  Each year the True/False Film Festival issues a call for entries for works of art that relate to the theme of the upcoming film festival.  The theme for 2018 was Whether/Weather, with the emphasis on both meteorology and ambiguity, as implied by the title.  Art pieces by local and regional artists were installed throughout downtown Columbia and inside the festival screening venues.  My job as a volunteer photographer for True/False is to document the installation of the art and design pieces, as well as the public interaction with the works of art.  Another artistic component to the festival is the annual campaign to bring art and cinematographic education to the public, in the form of classes and workshops offered before and during the festival.  One of this year’s educational outreach efforts was a DIY mural workshop offered to high school students attending the film festival.  The workshop was conducted in the art studio of local artist and painter Stacy Self, on Walnut Street, in downtown Columbia.  The photos that follow are my attempt to document both the installation of some of the public art pieces and the mural making workshop held during True/False 2018.

Stephen Bybee

True/False Volunteer Photographer

Local installation artist Daniel Heggarty makes some adjustments to his installation on Ninth Street on Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Local installation artist Daniel Heggarty makes some adjustments to his installation on Ninth Street on Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

An artist carefully applies spraypaint to an installation on Ninth Street during the 2018 T/F Film Festival. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

An artist carefully applies spraypaint to an installation on Ninth Street during the 2018 T/F Film Festival. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

A view from the inside of an igloo-esque art installation on Ninth Street during the 2018 True/False Film Festival. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

A view from the inside of an igloo-esque art installation on Ninth Street during the 2018 True/False Film Festival. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Volunteer Esther Stroh helps one of the True/False artists carry her work to be installed on Ninth Street. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Volunteer Esther Stroh helps one of the True/False artists carry her work to be installed on Ninth Street. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

True/False artist/volunteer Esther Stroh rolls out an installation to be attached to Ninth Street on Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

True/False artist/volunteer Esther Stroh rolls out an installation to be attached to Ninth Street on Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

An artist prepares to fasten an installation on Ninth Street on Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

An artist prepares to fasten an installation on Ninth Street on Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

True/False staff member Glen Rice waits for the right moment to fire up the jig lift and begin the art installation on Ninth Street.(Photo by Stephen Bybee)

True/False staff member Glen Rice waits for the right moment to fire up the jig lift and begin the art installation on Ninth Street.(Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Local studio artist and painter Stacy Self leads a DIY Workshop for high school students during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Local studio artist and painter Stacy Self leads a DIY Workshop for high school students during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

High school students participate in a DIY Mural workshop led by artist Stacy Self during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

High school students participate in a DIY Mural workshop led by artist Stacy Self during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

High school students participate in a DIY Mural workshop led by artist Stacy Self during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

High school students participate in a DIY Mural workshop led by artist Stacy Self during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee).

A high school student sketches an idea for a mural during a DIY mural painting workshop. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

A high school student sketches an idea for a mural during a DIY mural painting workshop. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

A Rock Bridge art student paints a mural during a DIY workshop during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

A Rock Bridge art student paints a mural during a DIY workshop during T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Still life from Wildy's World art studio on Walnut Street, T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)

Still life from Wildy’s World art studio on Walnut Street, T/F 2018. (Photo by Stephen Bybee)