The Festival does many community minded events, such as raising money to support one film maker through the True Vision Award, and the True Life Award, which gives money to a social issue that is being made aware through film. Last year Pay the Artist was added, giving financial assistance to film makers, producers and others to attend the festival and offer an opportunity to attendees to ask questions about the films.
The community spirit for this event is amazing. Over 900 volunteers help with the daily management, local restaurants beef up staff so that movie goers aren't waiting too long for food, local schools raise funds for the various awards, and all the musicians who play at each venue. True/False is a well received event from the locals.
|Musicians, called buskers, are at each venue before the film starts.|
Our daughter and her husband joined us a few years ago and now it is an annual family outing. We see some of the same films, some different, and we have such interesting discussions about what we learned.
There are some traditions of course... it is vital that we have pierogies made by Café Poland. So
|Governor and Mrs. Jay Nixon|
|One of the movies where we all attended!|
|Ernies for breakfast|
|Jimmy Chin, was in Meru. It was COOL to see him up close.|
|Ashley and Mom, with Dad photobombing!|
We must have lots of coffee from Kaldi's and have breakfast at least once at Lucy's and Café Berlin.
This was another fabulous year. We are looking forward to next year, which is already on the calendar. March 3-6. 2016. If you are a Columbia native and haven't gone yet, then this is the year that you go!