Performers say music and film intertwine at True/False Film Fest | Central Missouri News

COLUMBIA – While some might think of movies and filmmakers when they think of True/False, others might think of other art forms.

The main focus of the weekend is the cinema, but according to the True/False website, some have called it a music festival disguised as a film festival.

“Music is such an essential part of the fabric and energy of True/False – such an important part of the festival experience,” the website states.

Musicians play before and after film screenings, in the streets, and there are musical showcases every day of the art-rich weekend.

Drew Anderson, a member of local band Elephant Foot, said True/False is a film-based festival, but also a celebration of art and culture.

“Most people probably come to town to see the movies, but for there to be art installations and shows and parties and food, it’s just all of these cultural opportunities coming in a melting pot,” Anderson said.

He said if it was just a film festival it would be fantastic on its own, but having added dimensions makes it even better.

“I personally can only watch so many movies in a day,” Anderson said. “I think it adds a bit of variety, seeing movies during the day or in the evening and then you can see awesome music.”

Local musician, Sifa Bihomora, said the festival provided an opportunity to come together and share something beautiful.

“Having such a variety of films, such a variety of people, such a variety of perspectives, is so impactful,” Bihomora said. “And having that with music is so healing for people.”

Composer and musician, Angel Bat Dawid, said the festival and the music presented are enriching and necessary for the community.

“Music seems to bring people together and feels like a space for people to heal,” Dawid said.

She said people need these types of art now more than ever.

“These are tough times, the last few years have been really tough for everyone,” Dawid said. “I think we need it more than ever, the film is the music, to help people feel better.”

Dawid said the large involvement of music in the film festival makes sense because film and music go hand in hand.

“Music is vital for about 80% of the film, how do you know when the scream is coming?” Dawid said. “You hear the violins coming in. How do you know when the dramatic thing is happening? Boom boom boom.”

Alongside the final day of movies, final performances will be at 5 p.m. at Eastside Tavern and at 8:30 p.m. for “Busker’s Last Stand.”

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