Documentaries from filmmakers Tony Stone, Brett Story and Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca will bow at the 13th annual True/False Film Festival in March.
Organizers revealed “Off the Trail” as this year’s theme for the Columbia, Missouri-set festival, which is expected to highlight such topics as secret missions, treasure hunting, personal geographies and the virtues of being lost.
The festival’s slate of films, meanwhile, is expected to push the boundaries of non-fiction filmmaking, and includes Stone’s Peter and the Farm, which traces the modern-day rural tragedy of a Virginia-based off-grider; Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, detailing America’s unhealthy addiction to mass incarceration; and Dimmock and LaMarca’s The Pearl (pictured), following four middle-aged transgender women as they struggle to find acceptance.
International titles screening at the festival’s 13th edition include submissions from recent DOC Institute honoree Chelsea McMullan, who arrives with Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John (Canada), following two siblings to Thailand as they unearth their murdered father’s mysterious and secret life; and Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibé’s Those Who Jump (Germany), about migrants attempting to circumvent the hurdles separating Europe from Africa.
Further international titles include Julia Pesce’s Nosotras – Ellas (Argentina), in which the director films her family’s intimate moments; Zhao Liang’s Behemoth (China), documenting the mines of inner Mongolia; and Molly Reynolds’ Another Country (Australia), following an Aboriginal celebrity through the outback.
Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, Dylan Reeve’s Tickled and Robert Greene‘s Kate Plays Christine will also screen in competition at this year’s festival after having enjoyed their world premieres – and sales success – at last month’s Sundance Film Festival.
Morgan Neville‘s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa and Ido Haar’s Presenting Princess Shaw round out the big-ticket feature films playing at the Missouri-set festival. The three films screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
True Vision Award recipient Mehrdad Oskouei’s Starless Dreams, about a rehabilitation center in Tehran, Iran; and True Life Fund winner Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita, following a young Afghan rapper will also appear at the festival.
Rounding out the line-up is Neither/Nor, the archival film series that blends the lines of scripted and unscripted. The series, which is a collaboration between True/False and film critic Nick Pinkerton, will feature such critically acclaimed and classic films as Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny and Thierry Zeno’s Des Morts (1979); Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara’s Mondo Cane (1962); and Leonard Schrader and Sheldon Renan’s The Killing of America (1981).
The full list of titles screening at the True/False Film Festival, which runs from March 3 to 6 in Columbia, Missouri, can be viewed here.