Based on a True Story: The Assistant

True/False Eve Kickoff Event: The Gloria Tapes (1980) and The Assistant (2020)
On Wednesday, March 4, True/False's Neither/Nor film series and the University of Missouri's Based on a True Story conference combine forces for a double feature of Lisa Steele's The Gloria Tapes (1980) and Kitty Green's The Assistant (2020).

The night begins at 5:15pm with a Neither/Nor opening night reception sponsored by the Missouri Film Office, followed by a 6pm screening of The Gloria Tapes (the opening night selection of this year's Neither/Nor sidebar) and in-person Q&A with director Lisa SteeleThen, at 8:30pm, we will screen the acclaimed new film The Assistant (the opening night of the Based on a True Story conference), followed by an in-person Q&A with director Kitty Green, moderated by inaugural Neither/Nor curator Eric Hynes. Tickets for The Gloria Tapes and The Assistant will be available at the Ragtag box office beginning at noon on March 4.

The University of Missouri's Based on a True Story conference explores the intersections of documentary film and journalism. It runs from March 4-6 on the University of Missouri campus. For more information, visit

At 8:30pm on March 4, the conference begins with a free screening and discussion of the acclaimed new film The Assistant. Like The Gloria Tapes, The Assistant is a film constructed from exhaustive research conducted by its director, Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet, Ukraine Is Not a Brothel), who will be on hand to talk through her process with film critic-curator Eric Hynes. 

The Assistant follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner of Ozark), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s—making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.