One of my favorite weekends of the year exceeded my expectations. Again. I have never been to another film festival so I can’t say for sure, but I have heard from many people that True/False is the best film festival experience in the world. I like to think it is not too big but not too small. There are always more things to do than I have time for but I still end up running into the same people around throughout the three-day whirlwind.
See you at #tf2013!
indiewire.com picked up some photos by me and fellow T/F-er Mo Scarpelli!
I have never done a portrait series, per se, but going through my photos from last weekend in Columbia, Mo., I came up with an interesting set of portraits I had shot in all different styles. A traditional “portrait series” sets out with the goal of uniting the subjects within some kind of set, whether it be through a stylistic device employed by the photographer or the inclusion of a common thread throughout the series. But maybe a set of people who really have nothing in common can still be a series? I think, perhaps, we are all connected in our uniqueness.
The sum of any collection of parts from this past weekend do not come close to adding up to the experience of True/False. I don’t want to sound pretentious or braggy but, like several of my friends, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for the True/False film festival has become a not-to-be-missed annual tradition. We had rain the first day, but despite colder than normal temps and overcast skies the thousands of pedestrians enjoyed walking downtown from theater to theater all weekend. This, I feel, plays a big part in my enjoyment of the event; I ran into several people I didn’t expect to see, and the friends I hoped to see and I crossed paths many times. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the festival’s photo team for the last two years, allowing me access to all the events and workshops, plus a pass to see some docs (space permitting). Here a few of the shots that I hope capture some of the joy and excitement I witnessed and experienced. And if you have the means and interest, seriously consider attending or volunteering for T/F 2012. And say “Hi” to me when you’re there.
Two more shots from Columbia over the weekend. My friends are awesome and I am so thankful for their tolerance of my camera habits. Hopefully getting them an occasional neat picture for facebook makes up for it.
top: For several years Stephanie Berg has been breeding guppies and selling them back to stores in Kansas City and Columbia. She runs the entire multi-tank operation from her small bedroom in a basement apartment and is developing blue, red, and snakeskin strains.
bottom: Anna Fleischer on top of the Hitt Street parking structure in Columbia at sunset.
Andrew needed new acting headshots so I rented studio time from Stacie Pottinger at Orr Street Studios in Columbia. Really good experience and I’m glad it worked out. I think I am going to buy some lights so I can pursue some more portrait gigs when I get back to Minneapolis next month. She has a three-set of AlienBees and I dug them a lot. Other recommendations?