presented by LaBrunerie Financial

Support your favorite local celebrity and the good work of Ragtag Film Society!

CoMo Famous is a fundraiser for Ragtag Film Society (Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest) that celebrates the local community. During CoMo Famous, six prominent Columbians will each select a favorite film to screen one night at Ragtag Cinema. Contestants will compete for the highest amount of money raised from ticket sales and donations for their screening.

For the campaign's finale — and just in time for Halloween season — Going Viral and CoMo Famous ticket holders can attend a party that features a screening of one of Columbia's best-known films, the suspenseful thriller YOU'RE NEXT, inside the house where the film was shot. Truly a product of our town, the 2013 film was written by Columbia native Simon Barrett, launched the careers of several local crew members, and was produced by filmmaker (and former T/F and Ragtag Cinema alum) Kim Sherman. Sherman and surprise guests will attend the party and participate in a post-film Q&A. The celebration will also include food and drink from local businesses, live music, and the announcement of the winner of CoMo Famous 2019. We have an option to attend just the reception portion of the secret party.

The funds raised for CoMo Famous will ensure that Ragtag Film Society can continue to screen the best of independent film at Ragtag Cinema every day and transform Columbia during the four days of the True/False Film Fest.

Special thanks to the Missouri Film Office for their incredible support of film in Missouri and Ragtag Film Society.


Your 15 Minutes Admission ($15/per ticket): CoMo Famous screening at Ragtag

Going Viral Admission ($70/per ticket): CoMo Famous screening at Ragtag, plus:

  • invite to exclusive YOU'RE NEXT party on Thursday, October 3*
  • reserved seating at the Ragtag screening
  • free beer or wine at the Ragtag screening
  • free popcorn at the Ragtag screening
  • one entry into raffle at YOU'RE NEXT party*

CoMo Famous Admission ($100/per ticket): CoMo Famous screening at Ragtag and Going Viral perks, plus admission to the screening of YOU'RE NEXT* inside the house where it was filmed on Thursday, October 3

*NOTE: The YOU'RE NEXT party and screening are sold out! However, you may still purchase Going Viral or CoMo Famous tickets. We'll add you to a virtual Q and notify you via email if any spots open up.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to the screening at Ragtag. An additional email with details about the YOU'RE NEXT party will be shared with you privately.

2019 Contestants

Barbara Buffaloe, City of Columbia — NO IMPACT MAN (Wednesday, September 25)

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Barbara has lived in Columbia for 20 years, and her first film at Ragtag was WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, one of Ragtag's favorites. She can often be found enjoying Pizza Tree or practicing her secret ability to do flips on a trampoline.

JD Calvin, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices — DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Tuesday, September 24)

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

For 34 years JD has been in Columbia and he loves the people, food, and diversity of our city. JD watched eCUPID at Ragtag where his friend played the lead role. Unapologetically his favorite pizza in town is Pizza Tree and he fancies himself an expert on creating playlists.

Brianna Lennon, Boone County Clerk — RBG (Tuesday, September 17)

A documentary that follows the exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Brianna Lennon has spent the last 12 years in Columbia enjoying the incredibly involved community. The first film she saw at Ragtag was 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. A little known fact about Brianna is that she is a flutist... CoMo's own Lizzo perhaps?

Nikki McGruder, Inclusive Impact Institute — DO THE RIGHT THING (Thursday, September 26)

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

DO THE RIGHT THING premiered in 1989, the same year Nikki McGruder’s family moved to Columbia. While she is a fan of the film programming at Ragtag she can't deny her true love... Uprise grilled cheese. Nikki is a cool mom who has a strong ability to keep up with the latest dance crazes!

Erica Pefferman, COMO and Columbia Marketing Group — DIRTY DANCING (Tuesday, October 1)

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Erica is a farm girl at heart but after 14 years in Columbia she sure does enjoy all the big city culture Columbia has to offer, including the True/False Film Fest. Erica, probably our future mayor, enjoys Wise Guys pizza and a delicious Tito's and club soda during happy hour.

Anastasia Pottinger, Rogue Studios — FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (Wednesday, September 18)

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Of all the contestants Stacie has the longest relationship with Ragtag Film Society. She’s known RFS co-founder David Wilson since he was in high school! After moving to D.C. for 3 years she has been back in Columbia for 26 years where she has been winning friends and influencing people by hypnotizing them with the best homemade grilled cheese this side of the Mississippi.

Sorry, but online sales for the Ragtag fundraiser have ended!