True/False Film Fest Photo Essay Series Part One: The Volunteers and Artists
By: Stephen Bybee | firstname.lastname@example.org
The True/False documentary film festival began in Columbia, Missouri during the summer of 2003, utilizing three cinematic venues and drawing an estimated 3,000-4,000 moviegoers. This year’s True/False Festival held screenings in eight venues spread across downtown Columbia and sold more than 51,000 tickets. The Film Festival also encompasses many other areas of creativity, educational outreach, and community synergy, including artistic and filmmaking workshops for high school students, public art installations, music, game shows, filmmaker panels and discussions, and various fetes, celebrations, dances, and parties.
My own personal experience with True/False began in 2009 when I was encouraged to become a volunteer photographer for the Festival. I have volunteered in the same capacity ever since then, missing only two years. I was slightly hesitant this year because of the amount of work and dedication required from Festival volunteers, but at the end of my final volunteer shift late Saturday night, I was extremely satisfied that I had chosen to volunteer for yet another True/False Film Festival.
Because I have a long experience of volunteering as a photographer for True/False, I have some leeway to choose my assignments before the Festival begins. One of my favorite groups to photograph each year is the group of artists, builders, and volunteers who design, create, and install the art and design pieces that are delivered to each of the screening venues days before the festival begins. This first group of images focuses on that group of artists and volunteers, and on the works, they create to provide a provocative visual backdrop to the True/False Film Festival.
True/False Volunteer Photographer