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PUSH! Film Festival Announces Full Schedule of Events

June 02, 2015

PUSH! Film Festival is less than two weeks away, and the festival’s organizing committee hosted a press conference today to unveil its weekend of film! Over its inaugural weekend of June 12—14, 2015, the festival will host a variety of curated movies and workshops about film, along with screenings of films from the festival’s juried competition in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. Click here to download the full PUSH! schedule poster.

PUSH! Film Festival has received tremendous support, not only from the Bristol community, but also from both Virginia and Tennessee state film offices. Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds commented, “We are delighted to commend the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the inaugural year of PUSH!. A great deal of effort goes into an ambitious event such as this one, that provides a unique cultural experience for the community while also showcasing the talents of the best regional filmmakers.”

Bob Raines, Executive Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission echoed the support, saying “Film Festivals are a vital component to the development of a creative economy. Most importantly, it acts as a vehicle for filmmakers and film lovers to share their passion and support each other’s cinematic endeavors. But it also has the potential to provide an economic impact for Main Street, attract industry professionals and develop a long term, sustainable creative community. The Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission is proud to support Believe in Bristol and its efforts to advance the visual arts.”

PUSH! will be screening several curated films. With the support of BVU, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be shown on Friday, June 12 at sundown in Cumberland Square Park free of charge. The PUSH! Film Festival Committee is encouraging filmgoers to bring their bicycles and wear their red hoodies in honor of the film’s main human character Elliott from the 1982 classic.

The other curated films to be shown over the course of the weekend are Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wadjda, Banjo Romantika, The Ballad of Shovels and Rope, Big Moccasin, and Psycho. A variety of films from the festivals juried competition will also be screened, including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia. PUSH!’s film competition garnered over 100 entries from across the United States and from other countries. For anyone interested in film, workshops on film studies, costuming, acting, cinematography, and storyboarding will also be on offer. Festival venues will be the Paramount Center for the Arts, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Public Library, and Cumberland Square Park. Festival attendees should note, that because seating is limited, film attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis at each film venue. A ticketed opening night party will be held on Friday, June 12 at the Bristol Train Station.

The festival has also opened its online store at www.pushfilmfest.com, where filmgoers and PUSH! supporters can purchase festival wristbands, specially designed PUSH! Film Festival posters, t-shirts and stickers, and opening night party tickets! Over the festival weekend, merchandise and tickets can also be purchased at the Believe in Bristol box office at 36 Moore Street Bristol, VA. Box office hours leading up to festival weekend will be 1:00–5:00pm at the Believe in Bristol office, and the box office will be open during festival hours throughout the weekend.

There are several festival pass options:

  • Single screening tickets can be purchased at the appropriate film venue for $6 (cash only; no credit or debit cards). Any Friday screenings need to be purchased separately, or are covered by the weekend wristband option.
  • Saturday wristbands are $30 and can be purchased at the box office or by contacting Believe In Bristol at 276-644-9700 for will call.
  • Sunday wristbands are $20 and can be purchased at the box office or by contacting Believe In Bristol at 276-644-9700 for will call.
  • Weekend wristbands (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday screenings) are $50 and can be purchased at the box office or by contacting Believe In Bristol at 276-644-9700 for will call.

In addition, with the Festival quickly approaching, volunteers are needed. There are a variety of volunteer needs during the festival. If you are interested in volunteering for PUSH!, click here to 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.

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival and a full schedule of events, visit www.pushfilmfest.com, or contact Christina Blevins at 276-644-9700 or cblevins@believeinbristol.org.