Megan Johnson, a faculty member at the Columbia College-Jefferson City campus, said her experience with T/F was sparked by a fascination she had with independent films and documentaries. She developed this interest in college at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., where she frequented a local independent cinema called The Moxie. “I have been to the Ragtag several times and caught wind of True/False from going there,” said Johnson. “Since I heard it was coming up, I went online and saw that they were still in need of volunteers and that they were recruiting roughly 600 people, so I signed on.”
Johnson said her volunteer experience began at the Forrest Theater, where she quickly became familiar with the Q and instantly met several people. “One [volunteer] worked in Registration at Columbia College, one attends the Journalism School at Mizzou, and the other ones were from various walks of life (married, older, very young). The rest of the weekend Johnson volunteered at the Ragtag, “a decidedly busier venue,” she said. “Again, the volunteers ranged from young to old, students to established careers, and everyone had fun, vibrant, energetic attitudes. I met so many wonderful people that shared the same interest as me – films.”
Johnson said, “The entire event was well organized, and I had more fun that weekend than I remember having in years. I would volunteer at True/False again in a heartbeat.”
Best Volunteer Memories from T/F 2010
Reported on the T/F blog by volunteer Dylan Conn, a high school student from Chicago:
• “Going to sleep at 4 a.m., only to wake up four hours later and see five films that day.
• A lingering desire to try and light my tap water on fire after seeing “GasLand.”
• Interacting with fest-goers; those who thanked me and those who argued with me.
• Asking the director of “Last Train Home” for his tickets before realizing who he was.
• Standing for the duration of “The Invention of Dr. NakaMats.” I could’t NOT get into a film!”