This week, the True False Film Fest is back in Columbia for it’s 11th year. The documentary festival draws thousands of people each year, and brings in most of the year’s best films. The last two Oscar winners for documentary showed at True False the year they won, and four of the five nominees for the Oscar this year were at the festival last year. This year, one of the films is based in Missouri, and made by mid-Missouri natives. Rich Hill documents a year in the life of three teenagers from the town Rich Hill in West Central Missouri. Each has their own struggles, both internal and external, and the film shows us how the place that they live affects their everyday lives. Today on the show we’ll talk about that film, about what it’s like to produce a film in Missouri, and about the festival as a whole.
David Wilson is the co-founder of the True False Film Festival.
Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo co-directed Rich Hill.
This program is part of Innovation Week at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.How do political campaigns drum up support? How do marketers increase brand loyalty? And how do community organizers bring people together? In this public discussion on community engagement, our panel of experts -- and our live audience -- talk about what real engagement looks like as we explore some of the tools that organizations are using to connect individuals and foster a sense of community.
in-depth report released by the Federal Communications Commission this summer. With newspaper resources in decline and online media struggling to to fill the void in accountability reporting, where can people turn to get quality coverage of civic affairs? And what could be done to make sure citizens are able to get the local news they need?Local journalism is in a state of crisis, according to an
Barbara Cochran, Curtis B. Hurley chair in public affairs journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism and former president of the Radio Television Digital News Association
Renee Graham, public communications officer for the City of Columbia
Amy McCombs, Lee Hills chair in free press studies at the Missouri School of Journalism
In the early 1950s, cancerous cells were taken from a tumor that killed a young black woman and became the first human cells to be successfully kept alive and replicated outside the human body. That cell line, known as HeLa, went on to become one of the most important ingredients in medical research, leading to several important breakthroughs -- and generating large profits for biomedical companies. But the woman and her descendants had no idea any of this was happening.
The details of this true story are chronicled in this year's One Read book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Our discussion focuses on the medical issues raised in the story, in particular how race, medicine, civil rights history and bioethics all come together in the book and in our world today.
For more information about this year's One Read events, click here.
Doyne McKenzie, collections manager, Daniel Boone Regional Library
Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, director of diversity and outreach initiatives, MU School of Medicine
With Juan Williams-gate, the controversial resignation of NPR’s president, and legislators threatening to pull funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the heat has been on for public media. The question is: Can public media survive? We tackle the question head on, with help from our panelists and input from the live audience, including representatives from Columbia's other public media outlets, KOPN/89.5 FM and CAT-TV.
Barbara Cochran, Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the MU School of Journalism
Tim Eby, General Manager, St. Louis Public Radio
Frank Morris, News Director, KCUR Kansas City and Harvest Public Media