The True False Film Festival marks the most hip and happening weekend for our town every year, or at least in my opinion. This year the fest celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with the theme “The Collective Architecture of the Impossible”. It’s completely fitting, because with out the collaboration of hundreds of creative, hardworking and generous people, this festival could not take place. It’s a festival driven by a DIY spirit and every year I am amazed by the volunteers who come together to pull off an event that seems nearly impossible to imagine. T/F is a weekend celebrating and honoring the amazing world of documentary filmmaking through film screenings, educational outreach, panels and workshops, events, banquets, a parade, parties, music and amazing collaborative art & design. Basically, it’s just freakin’ awesome.

I was fortunate to be asked to join the True False photo team this year. I photographed the fest for The Como Collective last year, which was great fun as I was able to get my first insider’s glimpse as to how this festival really comes together. This year I had even more access and started documenting in early February. It’s been an amazing month and I met some really cool people along the way. I really don’t know how many hours I logged behind the camera, but it was A LOT. I don’t even want to think about it. I was assigned to document a little bit of lots of things, such as the production team, set up, educational outreach, art and installations, music, parties and the most zany and outrageous parade to grace the streets of downtown every year.

We had about a dozen photographers on the team and with that many you’d think we’d be able to cover the entire fest, but that was not the case! There were over 40 films and shorts screening in eight venues; Q&A’s with filmmakers; eight panels and workshops; several parties; over a dozen events such as the Jubilee, Reality Bites, True Life Run, Gimme Truth! and more; over two dozen busking musician groups; seven showcase musician groups; art installations in every venue, the side of buildings and in alleys…the list just goes on and on.

I’ve decided to break up my coverage into multiple posts, one per day, grouped by topic, as there are too many photos to highlight in one post. I’ll be uploading full galleries of images on my facebook page later in the week, but you can also check out some of my images on the T/F facebook page and their website.

Enjoy the photos and check back for Part 2 tomorrow!