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Push! Film Festival is a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts in the heart of the twin cities of Bristol, TN/VA. Focused on Tennessee and Virginia productions, PUSH! spotlights films that provoke thought and spur action. By bringing diverse films to the community and showcasing the best regional filmmakers, PUSH! aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Where: Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Performance Theater and Learning Center
Now in its 5th year, PUSH! has a variety of films and related programs planned for Saturday, October 12, 2019, including screenings of juried short films focused on Tennessee and Virginia, two curated feature films, an awards ceremony and reception, and an educational and fun hands-on workshop.
This year PUSH! Film Festival received over 50 film submissions for the juried film competition, which represented several different countries. All of the shorts were either made in Virginia or Tennessee or made by a filmmaker from one of those states. These will be screened from 3:00 to 6:00pm. There will also be two feature films screened at the festival: Blaze, inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and Labyrinth, the 1986 cult classic featuring David Bowie as the Goblin King. For information about this year’s films, click here.
This year’s PUSH! workshop – InstaFilm Bristol – is sure to be a favorite. Led by Josh Mancuso, InstaFilm Bristol is a 4-hour crash course and film competition with films produced solely through Instagram Stories. This event will be held on October 12 from 11:00am to 3:00pm; it is free and open to the public (ages 13+) with an optional lunch available for $5.
Festival passes are $25 and give festivalgoers entry to the short film screenings, Blaze, and the awards ceremony and reception. To see the full lineup, the schedule of events on October 12, and to buy your tickets, visit www.pushfilmfest.com. You can also purchase tickets at the Believe in Bristol office at 20 6th Street, Bristol, Tennessee. And you can check out the festival’s online store at www.pushfilmfest.com for cool festival merchandise. Finally, a few special events are included before and during the festival, including a pop-up screening of The Ballad of Shirley Collins on September 26 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and a photography contest at State Street Brewing Company; click here for more information.
Festival attendees should note that because seating is limited, film attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis at the venue. The film screenings, workshop, awards ceremony, and reception will all be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Filmgoers and filmmakers can take advantage of a discounted admission to the museum of $10 (+ tax) over the PUSH! Film Festival weekend.
For questions about the film festival and related events, contact Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201.