By Savannah Ritzen, E23 Reporter

The first weekend of March is always highly anticipated for those in Columbia, Missouri. Hosted by the Ragtag Film Society, the True/False Film Fest takes over the streets as attendees clear their schedules from Thursday evening through Sunday night in order to get a special look at documentaries, music and art.  With its mission to focus on independent film and media art, the Ragtag Film Society searches for creative people to turn downtown Columbia into a magical, stress-free atmosphere.

Attendees stand outside Missouri Theatre.

A Q Queen announces that viewers may enter the Missouri Theatre after waiting to see “Makala,” directed by Emmanuel Gras, Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Columbia. Attendees lined up on the streets waiting for up to an hour to see the documentary about a Congolese charcoal maker fighting for his family.

Attendees wait outside The Blue Note.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, moviegoers wait outside The Blue Note to see “Kinshasa Makambo,” directed by Dieudo Hamadi, in Columbia, Missouri. The film is about three activists, Christian, Ben and Jean-Marie, as they fight for political change within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Two attendees pose outside The Blue Note.

Two moviegoers talk about their experiences at the True/False Film Fest as they stand outside The Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri, Saturday, March 3, 2018. 

Attendees wait in a stairwell in Jesse Hall.

True/False attendees wait in the staircase of Jesse Hall in Columbia, Missouri, Saturday, March 3, 2018, to see “Primas.” Directed by Laura Bari, the documentary is the story of 18-year-old Rocío and her cousin as the two women work to put their lives back together after suffering violent abuse.

Attendees admire the “Gyro-Kinetic Home," which was constructed in the street.

Spectators are mesmerized by the floating “Gyro-Kinetic Home,” created by Daniel Heggarty, Joseph Fischer and Mark Steck, in Columbia, Missouri, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Not only is this work of art suspended in the air, but it reflects the impact of weather on homes by rotating in the sky.

Attendees line up outside Picturehouse.

True/False attendees stand outside Picturehouse as they wait to see the highly-anticipated film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film reflects on the work of the beloved Fred Rogers, who dedicated his career to teaching children about love and kindness.

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