Screening the documentaries that captured imaginations at Sundance and Toronto as well as pulling out its own premieres and showcasing those 'i-caught-this-amazing-little-doc-at-a-festival' gems, True/False's programme is brimful of must-see films and cracking entertainment.
Branchage and True/False are really good friends. We want to hold their hand actually. And we get to play at each other's houses sometimes. At Branchage 2009 True/False presented a clutch of superb docs and co-founder David Wilson crossed the Atlantic (and the Channel) to be in Jersey for the festival, talking at panel events, hosting Q&As and hitting the dancefloor at the Spiegeltent parties.
T/F's David Wilson interviews Borut Strel at Branchage 2009
And now it's our turn to repay the favour, sending Branchage Producer Carla MacKinnon over to Missouri and screening a couple of utterly brilliant British docs.
First off, there's the absolute belter It Felt Like A Kiss, brought to True/False by director Adam Curtis. Curtis has made his name in BBC Current Affairs programming for his searing, uncompromising documentaries that niggle away at those things you know about the media/ the government/ the people but had never quite faced. It Felt Like A Kiss is an absolute sucker punch of a film, built up entirely from montaged archive footage and an irresistible soundtrack of 60s nostalgia, and it's a damning criticism of Americana, the American Empire and the psychosis that lies beneath it.
'It Felt Like A Kiss' will screen on 26th, 27th and 28th Feb
Our second screening at the festival is a 'secret film'... that means we're not allowed to tell you what it is. We promised. But here are some clues: It's a British film with an 'American' subject, it's tinged with sadness but it's comedy genius, it's ..... Okay, that's enough of that. We give this film a double thumbs up and we're sure it's going to be big later this year.
Aside from the films we're presenting, 'Branchage Best Bits' from the film programme are: The British In Bed, Colony, The Tightrope and When We Were Boys... but it's hard to choose favourites from such a great programme.
And then there's all the other bits that put the 'festiv' in festival: legendary parties, live music, free panels and debates, a psychogeographic walking tour (I know!), a banquet, a live documentary gameshow... they've got everything short of a parade! Hold up... there's also a blinking parade!
Branchage is a-quiver with excitement. Feast your eyes on all the details here and start wending your way to Missouri.