Ready to Start Making Movies? You’re in the Right Place!

Gimme Truth game show at The Blue Note, March 2. Photo by Parker Michels-BoyceWatch out, Hollywood, because Columbia, MO is the new hot spot for upcoming films! Okay, that might be a slight overstatement, but our little town does have a reputation for supporting independent movies, and a few notable films have been made here recently, including “You’re Next,” “V/H/S” and “Zielinski.” If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, Columbia has a surprising number of resources.

To learn more about the historical and artistic aspects of film, Stephens College, Columbia College and Mizzou all offer film studies classes. You can also use one of our online databases, Universal Class, to take an online film appreciation class, which is free to DBRL library card holders. You can also join us for Center Aisle Cinema, a free documentary film series at the Columbia Public Library. If you’re ready to get started shooting a movie, Columbia’s public access station, CAT TV, gives community members the opportunity to borrow their equipment to create their own films and broadcast them on basic and cable television. (Members are also allowed to use their footage for personal projects, with some conditions.)

One way to get your feet wet in filmmaking is to submit a film to True/False’s Gimme Truth contest. If you’re new to True/False, our local documentary film festival, be sure to check out the library’s How to True/False program this weekend, which will get you up to speed and give you the chance to talk to the festival directors.

Gimme Truth is a vintage game show-style event where Missouri filmmakers submit a two-minute film. The film must be a portrait of a Missouri resident, and it must be either 100% true or 100% false. 10 films are selected, and, after a short, yet raucous, Q&A session, three visiting documentary filmmakers must decide whether your portrait is true or false. Get the details and watch previous editions at the True/False website.

What better place than your library to get some ideas for a Gimme Truth film? In addition to having books on digital filmmaking, DBRL also has cultural and historical books about Missouri.  For a true film you can get plenty of inspiration from our books about famous Missourians, Missouri curiosities and other local lore. For a false film, we have books on screenplay and fiction writing to help your characters come to life.  So, lights, camera…action!


Photo by Parker Michels-Boyce. Used with permission.

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