Newz Group Community Spotlight! True/False Film Fest Photo Essay Series Part II: Art and Outreach
By: Stephen Bybee | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
True/False Volunteer Photographer