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True/False Trash

What was here and what got left behind in 2011

March 1, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

You won’t often hear about the debris and discards that the True/False Film Fest volunteers have to pick up at each venue. But the trash and lost items tell the story, in snippets, of what the thousands who descended upon the District ate, drank and left behind over the four-day festival.

Umbrellas: Far and away, the most commonly lost item last year was the umbrella, says Managing Director Jeremy Brown. That’s to be expected from a festival that began with a rainy March March. The rain continued on-and-off throughout the festival, and the volunteers kept racking up lost umbrellas.
S’mores: After the Campfire Stories at the Chapel last year, venue captain Jess Soete says that s’more remnants were smeared all over the Chapel. And because there was a lower-than-expected turnout, Gaskin ended up with chocolate bars in the trunk of his car for the next six months.
Clothing: Everyone knows that mid-Missouri weather can be finicky at its best, and sometimes the attendees who have wisely layered up are in such a daze after a fabulous film that they forget to pick up their warm-weather garb on the way out, venue captain Eric Soete says.
Coffee cups: The festival-goer who likes to have a late night after the movies end needs a coffee or energy drink to wake him or her up for an early day of non-stop films. Jess says she saw containers for coffee and Red Bull in the trash most often last year. Venue Operations Director Rob Gaskin guesses that a fair share of these caffeine containers came from festival volunteers needing a pick-me-up before a long shift.
Mountain Valley Spring Water bottles: It wouldn’t be True/False without the complementary bottles of water handed out by the dozens around the District. But those half-finished plastic bottles end up everywhere, Gaskin says. This year T/F will have recycling bins at every venue to prevent these bottles from piling up in a landfill.

Fast Facts
Finding the Lost-and-T/Found
True/False Box Office
Where: 1020 East Broadway
When: Thursday, March 1, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call: (573) 442- 8783

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