Carolyn Magnuson, queen of the Q, leads the March March Parade Friday afternoon. To see films, attendees without reserve tickets lined up in "Q" lines led by flamboyantly dressed volunteers such as Magnuson. Photo by Shane Epping.
Tigers took major roles in the 2016 True/False Film Fest, Columbia's annual celebration of documentary filmmaking. Sundance Award-Winner Robert Greene, filmmaker in chief at Mizzou's Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, showed his film Kate Plays Christine. Mizzou student filmmakers Adam Dietrich, Kellan Marvin and Varun Bajaj showed their documentary #ConcernedStudent1950, with director Spike Lee in the audience. And hundreds of Tigers volunteered countless hours of labor to convert downtown Columbia into a cultural mecca bustling with buskers, cinefiles and revelers. Columbia's beloved festival has grown into an international favorite since its inception in 2004. This year the fest sold 49,500 tickets. Take a look at some highlights.
Romain Smagghe of Les Trois Coups raps in French into the microphone during Buskers Last Stand in the Missouri Theatre Sunday evening after the final movie ends. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
A parade attendee marches in front of caricatures of True False co-founders Paul Sturtz and David Wilson during Friday's March March. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Mizzou professors Alan Whittington (geology) and Angela Speck (astronomy) don their outfits before marching in the parade. Photo by Shane Epping.
Parade attendees dance on 9th Street before movies begin on Friday night. Photo by Shane Epping.
Spectators view the annual March March parade from their apartments above Harold's Donuts, a local business that remained open 24 hours a day during the True False Festival. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Jubilee attendees dress the part on opening night at the masquerade gala before Life, Animated, at the Missouri Theatre. Photo by Shane Epping.
Festival attendees fill Jesse Hall on Saturday afternoon before watching Sonita, a film about a teen Afghan refugee who aspires to be a famous hip-hop artist. Photo by Shane Epping.
From left, Arthur Smagghe and Romain Smagghe go head-to-head during their performance on the stairs in the Missouri Theatre during Busker's Last Stand Sunday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Sonita Alizadeh performs on stage at Jesse Hall and receives a standing ovation. Photo by Shane Epping.
An ice sculpture endures warm temperatures in the Landmark Bank Courtyard at the Fired Up event where bands performed outside. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
A film director speaks to a full house at the Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note on Friday afternoon. Photo by Shane Epping.
Movie goers wait in line at the Q in front of the Missouri Theatre in hopes of attending the next film if room allows. Photo by Shane Epping.
Volunteer Beth Hunter passes out Q cards outside of the Missouri Theatre for the 4 p.m. showing of Starless Dreams Saturday afternoon. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
DJ Bwaha, Cousin Cole, DJ Abby and DJ Bearcat keep the dance floor moving at the @ction! Party on Friday night at Tonic. Photo by Shane Epping.
A party-goer drops to his knees and gets into the music on the dance floor at the @ction Party. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Reserved seats await warm bodies before a film at The Globe inside First Presbyterian Church. Photo by Shane Epping
Back by popular demand, French tricksters Les Trois Coups perform on 9th Street in front of the United Methodist Church. Photo by Shane Epping.
Molly Healey plays the violin during her song "Flight" at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream on Friday afternoon. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Brian Heffernan poses for a portrait in front of the art exhibit Curating the Anarchy of the Visible, by local artist Fergus P. Moore. Photo by Shane Epping.
Special guest Owen Suskind, the main subject of Life, Animated, waves to a standing crowd at the Missouri Theatre on Thursday night as director Roger Ross Williams shares a laugh with a moderator. Photo by Shane Epping.
Katie Elfer, one of a 1,000 True False volunteers, blows a kiss to the camera while selling swag to festival goers. Photo by Shane Epping.
The Globe at the First Presbyterian Church empties before filling again. In 2009, the church built a fellowship hall; in 2011, it graciously opened its doors to True/False. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Alabama natives DeQn Sue and Kelvin Wooten perform on Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre. With hints of R&B, pop and even vaudeville, they transcend styles. Photo by Shane Epping.
Robert Greene, director of Kate Plays Christine and filmmaker-in-chief at MU's Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, poses under The Tunnel, an immense, mind-bending portal to the Quad. Photo by Shane Epping.
Directors Jessica Dimmock, Christopher LaMarca, and Amy, one of the subjects of their documentary, answer questions about the film The Pearl. Photo by Shane Epping.
Gora Gora Orkestra, a 10-piece brass band that honks the sounds of Eastern Europe folk music with hints of South American beats and deep American funk, performs at Jesse Hall. Photo by Shane Epping.
Festival-goers at Café Berlin wait to watch bands perform Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Nathan Truesdell, Sam Spencer, Steve Rice, Nick Michael, Chelsea Myers, Stacey Woelfel and the MU micro-doc class continue their larger-than-life sociology project: video portraits of our fellow mid-Missourians at The Picture House inside United Methodist Church. Photo by Shane Epping.
Brian Oakes, director of Jim: The James Foley Story, and Stacey Woelfel, director of the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, answer questions at the Picturehouse. Photo by Shane Epping.
Gimme Truth! host Johnny St. John starts the show with a comedic dialogue at The Blue Note Saturday evening. Gimme Truth! participants present their short films and try to dupe the judges, who guess whether the creations are fact or fiction. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Morgan Lieberman and Steve Gieseke, both students in Mizzou's documentary journalism program, enjoy a celebratory libation with the three judges of Gimme Truth! after they won first place for their film, Steve's Legos. Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce.
Gimme Truth! attendees laugh during host Johnny St. John's comedic dialogue at The Blue Note Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Glenn's Cafe offers quick bites to eat to film-goers on the run. Photo by Shane Epping.
True Life 5K runners take off from Flat Branch Park Saturday morning. Rapper Sonita Alizadeh from Afghanistan, the subject of Sonita, leads the pack. The race includes four obstacles: running stairs, hopscotch, red light/green light and an egg race. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Q-and-A moderator Eric Hynes introduces Peter and the Farm at the Rhynsburger Theatre Saturday night. Photo by Shane Epping.
SK Kakraba performs at the Picturehouse. The Ghanaian gyil is an instrument made from dried gourds, the wood of rare fallen trees and the silk of spiders. A relative of the xylophone, it resonates with an eerie, soulful buzz that hums through generations. Photo by Shane Epping.
Founding members of Concerned Student 1950 raise their fists to a full house at the Missouri Theatre Saturday night before a viewing of a short film made by Mizzou students Adam Dietrich, Kellan Marvin and Varun Bajaj. The film is an up-close look at Concerned Student 1950 during its November protests. Photo by Shane Epping.
Stacey Woelfel and Robert Greene sit in the second row at the Missouri Theatre as directors Adam Dietrich, Kellan Marvin and Varun Bajaj address the auditorium about their film #ConcernedStudent1950 Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Directors Adam Dietrich, Kellan Marvin and Varun Bajaj address a full Missouri Theatre before the screening of their documentary #ConcernedStudent1950 Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
Spike Lee flashes a peace sign after exiting the Missouri Theatre, where he watched Concerned Student 1950, a group of student activist protesting racism on campus. Photo by Shane Epping.
The Screaming Females perform before Sherpa at the Missouri Theatre on Sunday night. Their signature art rock pulls from New Jersey’s hardcore, emo and punk scenes. Photo by Shane Epping.
Lone Piñon, a tight trio from Santa Fe, performs at Buskers Last Stand. Their music hints at influences of Mexican mountain ranges and East Coast fiddle hoedowns. Photo by Tanzi Propst.
True False co-founders David Wilson and Paul Sturtz assess a fine Missouri wine before introducing Sherpa, one of the final films to play on Sunday night. Photo by Shane Epping.
The core volunteers of the True False Film Festival take the Missouri Theatre stage for a standing ovation near the end of the festival. Photo by Shane Epping,
William Least Heat-Moon speaks to the crowd after David Wilson identifies this year's festival theme, "Off the Trail," which pays homage to Least Heat-Moon's book Blue Highways. Photo by Shane Epping.
Jennifer Peedom, director of Sherpa, collects some video of a standing ovation crowd for the Sherpa community, the indigenous people of the Himalayas, to see on social media. Photo by Shane Epping.
Film festival attendees wind down at Sycamore and toast to their weekend of experiences. Photo by Shane Epping.