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Bobby Farrelly to Attend PUSH! Film Festival

October 04, 2016

PUSH! Film Festival is excited to announce that famed film producer, director, and writer Bobby Farrelly will be in attendance during festival weekend on October 21-23, 2016 in Historic Downtown Bristol!

"I'm really excited about the PUSH! [Film] Festival. I'm happy to be coming to Bristol for this, and looking forward to seeing you all [on] Opening Night," said Farrelly. "Some of my films have screened at film festivals before, but never in East Tennessee. All I know about that area is that my friend Johnny Knoxville is from around there."

Natives of Rhode Island, Farrelly and his brother Peter have written, produced, and directed many well-known films such as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, and more. “Cinema is important because films tell stories about our society. And it's important to go to film festivals because it's getting harder and harder to find those moving films that capture a slice of life in our society,” said Farrelly.

Farrelly added that having film festivals is important not just for the filmgoers, but also the filmmakers. “Everything in the theaters is a comic book movie nowadays, and it's frustrating. But at a film festival you do get to see films that really move you. And you find inspiration at film festivals, especially for filmmakers. [Filmmakers] need to watch great films and be inspired to create [their] own."

PUSH! Film Festival will host a special ticketed event with Farrelly in attendance on the evening of Friday, October 21. Tickets to the event will be $10, which includes a meet-and-greet and audience question and answer session at The Paramount Center for the Arts. Fans may participate in a poll on PUSH!’s Facebook page to select which Farrelly Brothers movie to screen prior to the special event with Farrelly. Filmgoers may purchase a special event ticket by calling the Believe in Bristol office at 276-644-9700, or purchase a ticket at the venue on the day of the event. Special events are included in the purchase of a weekend pass for PUSH! Film Festival, which can be purchased on the festival website at www.pushfilmfest.com.

“We are so excited to have Bobby Farrelly with us at PUSH! during the festival weekend,” said PUSH! Film Festival Chair Jessica Barnett. “Farrelly is very well recognized in the filmmaker community, as well as by filmgoers, and it is wonderful to see professionals in the film community noticing us. The committee members have worked so hard since last year’s festival prepping for 2016, and it’s great to see their hard work paying off! PUSH! is developing into a premier festival not just in the Tri-Cities, but also in the Southeast. Based off the feedback we are receiving, we are really looking forward to seeing the festival attendees in Downtown Bristol in October. This is great for opening up Bristol even more to the art of filmmaking!”

PUSH! Film Festival will host a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia over the course of a three-day weekend on October 21–23, 2016. Check out the festival’s online store at www.pushfilmfest.com, where filmgoers and PUSH! supporters can purchase festival tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at Believe in Bristol located at 36 Moore Street Bristol, Virginia.

Festival attendees should note that because seating is limited, film, workshop, and event attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis at each venue. Venues will be The Paramount Center for the Arts, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and The Bristol Public Library.

In addition, with PUSH! quickly approaching, there are a variety of volunteer needs during the festival. If you are interested in volunteering for PUSH!, please visit www.pushfilmfest.com. Each volunteer for PUSH! will receive two complimentary single screening tickets and a t-shirt. Underneath the ‘CONTRIBUTE’ section, you may download and complete the application. Please return the completed application via fax to Believe in Bristol, Attn: PUSH! Film Festival at (276) 644-4181 or email to ckidd@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

PUSH! Film Festival is looking for contributors. For more information about contributing to PUSH! Film Festival, please visit www.pushfilmfest.com or contact Christina Blevins or Maggie Bishop at 276-644-9700, pushfilmfest@believeinbristol.org.