Letters to the Portland Editor: March 13, 2009

Report on True/False Film Fest was so true

We are two Maine natives who attended the True/False Film Festival in Missouri from February 26 to March 1 and couldn't agree more with Christopher Gray's account of the festival and the festival experience (see "
Greater than Fiction," March 6).

It was our first time to True/False and to the college town of Columbia, but somehow we felt like we were old friends of both.

It didn't hurt that we surprisingly ran into an impressive contingent of Mainers at the very first event we attended, "Secret Screening Silver," a Maine-based documentary.

But it was the festival; its organizers and vision, the selection of films and their presentations, the volunteers and their hospitable and rather seamless implementation of festival pieces (managing the ticket and line experience, organizing vendors and a parade and parties, etc.); and the people of the Columbia area that made us feel like we weren't just guests or pass-holders. We were part of the festival; we were a part of the town.

After one day, we decided to return to True/False in 2010, bringing our lodging and related dollars to the community; after two days, the world had opened up to us through the documentaries we watched and the interaction we had with the filmmakers on hand; after three days, we had networked with directors, producers, editors, fellow musicians/composers, and volunteers, were invited to a directors' fete, and met the mayor of Columbia and his wife; after four days, we were newly committed to supporting and promoting our home state of Maine- based film festivals and events — not only to our local friends and families but to friends from far away.

Thanks for writing and sharing the piece on the festival — it captured the spirit and the experience perfectly.

Tonya Shevenell & Don Campbell
Don Campbell Music

Thank you for your thoughtful review of "The Funnies" at Whitney Art Works (see 
"Easy on the Eyes," by Ken Greenleaf, February 27), and for your generous feedback.

I am so grateful for the window you offer into comics and art. I have pointed students to your article, as there are wonderful pairings and parallels to ponder. "Sad Ghost" underlines for students and others a very old tension-laden discussion that still needs rehashing to explain how we are where we are.

Alex Rheault

I am writing briefly in response to an editorial comment I caught Sunday evening on a local cable access channel.

The commentator was Jeff Inglis, the managing editor of the Portland Phoenix, and was issuing a complaint about how the Obama administration is failing to follow through with the kind of change those of us who voted for him expected to see (see "Take Back Barack," by Jeff Inglis, December 19, 2008).

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