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Author: Irina Trocan

The Here and Now of True/False Film Fest

It takes a good deal of aesthetic refinement and theoretical interest in cinema as an art form to care about the documentary/fiction hybrids screening at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri. They simply cannot be fully appreciated otherwise. But then again, maybe not. One event at True/False is structured like a game show, and it still engages with the audiovisual discernment that the rest of the festival is trying to develop. Gimme Truth!, hosted by Brian Babylon, screened a series of short films so that three judges — and the audience — could guess whether they are authentic...

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Image/Process: The Film Experiments of Alexandre Larose

  Digital filmmaking has one fatal flaw, compared to film stock: it’s easier. Anyone can play around with speed, crossfading, canvas rotation, and then simply undo the last change, rather than start from scratch, if the end result doesn’t look good. To achieve the same effects in analogue takes advanced skill, from planning out camera moves to manual rewinding and waiting for the same amount of sunlight to match a take – the requirements one may only discover through trial and error. Québécois filmmaker Alexandre Larose seems motivated by these very obstacles: his experimental films are hypnotic and ethereal...

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