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PUSH! Film Festival Is A Wrap, Winning Films Announced

October 17, 2018

PUSH! Film Festival is a wrap! Over the weekend of October 12—14, the festival hosted a variety of curated movies, workshops, and presentations about film, along with juried film screenings including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

PUSH! Film Festival kicked things off Friday evening with its first block of student shorts screened to filmgoers at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Also on Friday evening, PUSH! attendees filled the Birthplace of Country Music Museum theater to watch the curated feature American Folk, followed by an audience Q&A and performance by the film’s starring actress and musician, Amber Rubarth.

“It was great to have Amber back in Bristol! She’s played Border Bash and Rhythm & Roots before, so to have someone of her caliber come back to Bristol, and to be excited about being here, was pretty special. The audience especially enjoyed having the chance to talk to her after the screening when she shared behind-the-scenes stories from filming American Folk,” said Festival Chair, Jessica Barnett. “PUSH! has opened the doors to enhance and expand Historic Downtown Bristol’s Arts District, and we are so excited at what next year holds for the festival”

Several juried feature submissions along with short film submissions were screened throughout the weekend. “The Programming Committee scheduled 25 hours’ worth of film to be screened across three days,” said Barnett. “This is in addition to the Producers’ Party and Awards Ceremony, and other feature events we hosted.

At the Producers’ Party, the award-winning juried films were announced. The 2018 PUSH! Film Festival award winners are:

Best Feature Film: In the Wake of Ire: Brian Maurer
Best Virginia Film: Southwest: Chandler Perry
Best Tennessee Film: That Smell: James K. Allen[RR1]
Best Short Film: Panic Attack: Eileen O’Meara
Best on the Border: That Smell: James K. Allen[RR2]
PUSH! Pioneer: Filmmaker Scott Cooper
Audience Choice: Up to Snuff: Mark Maxey

This was the second year the festival gave out a PUSH! Pioneer award, and this year was particularly significant as it was awarded to filmmaker Scott Cooper, who is from nearby Abingdon, Virginia. Cooper – the director of several critically acclaimed films, including Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass, and Hostiles – is currently filming new movie Antlers and so was unable to be at the festival for the screening of Hostiles and to receive his award. However, he sent a video message to filmgoers, which brought a taste of Hollywood to the event!

PUSH! also partnered with Elderbrew over the weekend to host its culminating event for the Trivia Tour that began in July. In addition, Elderbrew played host to a late night curated feature Pi. Other curated films that were screened over the course of the weekend were Dr. Strangelove, Hostiles, and Permanent.

A variety of workshops were also held as part of PUSH!, including “Starting Your Film Off Right: Creating Cinematic Titles in After Effects,” “Costume 2.0,” “Making Demo Reels and Media Portfolios,” and “MICRO BUDGETS, MAGNIFIED IMPACT: Strategies for Maximizing Your Films Potential.” All of the workshops were free to filmmakers and the public to attend.

While the PUSH! Film Festival weekend is now over for another year, the PUSH! committee is grateful to all of the supporters, volunteers, filmmakers, and attendees that make this festival possible. If you would like to keep the festival spirit going, the event also has merchandise available through its online store at www.pushfilmfest.com and on-site at the Believe in Bristol Office, located at 20 6th Street Bristol, Virginia. Filmgoers and PUSH! supporters can purchase specially designed posters, stickers, and more!

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival, visit www.pushfilmfest.com, or contact Maggie Bishop at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org.

About PUSH! Film Festival
PUSH! Film Festival, held in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA, hosts a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia. For more information about the PUSH! Film Festival, visit www.pushfilmfest.com.

About Believe in Bristol
BelieveinBristolis a non-profit organization, composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, and other friends ofBristolwho recognize the role a vital downtown playsinpreserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy. For more information about Believe in Bristol, visit www.believeinbristol.org.