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PUSH! Film Festival Lineup Revealed, Workshops Announced


PUSH! Film Festival has released its film and workshop lineup for the 2017 festival! PUSH! 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 20-22, 2017.

In its third year, PUSH! Film Festival received over 100 film submissions for the juried film competition, which represented 13 different countries. The Programming Committee reviewed each film submitted in order to select a lineup of 117 hours worth of film to be screened over the three-day weekend. There will be 12 feature length films, as well as several short film blocks, including Tennessee, Virginia, International, and Student films.

“There’s something for everyone,” said Programming Committee Chair, Rusty Sheridan. “This year’s submissions were the best we have received yet. The process to vet the films was difficult, because every submission to PUSH! was amazing! However, we feel like we chose the best of the best to be screened at the festival. I’m excited to see and hear the audience reaction to these films.”

A few selected films that filmgoers are sure to enjoy include “Strange Tales from Appalachia,” “Forgive, Don’t Forget,” “The Breaks: Centuries of Struggles,” and more. To see the full lineup, visit www.pushfilmfest.com.

PUSH! has also scheduled workshops throughout the weekend for filmmakers and filmgoers to attend; these workshops are free and open to the public. The workshops include:

  • Fundamentals of Production
  • Celluloid
  • Women in Film
  • Scriptwriting: Building Characters & Worlds

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 20 6thStreet Bristol, Tennessee.

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. Film 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 online.

PUSH! Film Festival is looking for contributors. For more information about contributing to PUSH! Film Festival and helping to make this year’s festival an event to remember, please visit www.pushfilmfest.com, or contact Maggie Bishop at 423-573-2201, pushfilmfest@believeinbristol.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

Auditions for Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

October 9–16 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces auditions for "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," October 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. Under the direction of Dottie Havlik, Junie B. will make her debut on the Theatre Bristol stage and bring holiday cheer in her own spunky way. No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and children. Show details, audition times, and rehearsal dates are available at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Written by Allison Gregory and distributed by Playscripts, this first-grader in the title role is really excited about the upcoming holiday gift exchange at her school. Tattletale May is always ruining Junie B.'s fun, so when Junie B. draws May's name things get interesting. "Will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park (Playscripts)."

Havlik is herself excited to bring this show to the stage for the holidays, most recently directing the River's Way "Three Times Three" production, "The Adventures of Madeline," and "Charlotte's Web," as well as performing and writing many plays over the years.

"June B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" opens December 1, and runs for three weekends, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 17. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and available at www.Theatre Bristol.org.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email info@theatrebristol.org.

ETSU Observatory presents "Astronomy from Space"

October 11 | Bristol Public Library


As part of Bristol Public Library’s community read project, “One Book, One Bristol,” the library will offer special space-themed programs to our patrons and visitors throughout October. On October 11, the library will welcome Dr. Gary Henson to Bristol for his presentation, “Astronomy from Space.”

Dr. Henson, a professor with ETSU at the Harry D. Powell Observatory, will discuss how astronomers use telescopes and satellites to better explore the universe—and how these technologies have changed the ways humankind investigate the solar system. It starts at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, so make sure to join the library for this incredible program on the universe in which we live!

Book Signing: Katie Richardson

October 11 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for a reading and book signing with author Katie Richardson.

The Diamonds

October 12 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Ballroom & Latin Dance Lesson

October 13 | Bristol Ballet


Join Bristol Ballet for a Texas Two Step lesson June 16th at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Delbert McClinton Presented by Big Spring Entertainment

October 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts


American Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and blues rock/country musician, born November 4, 1940 in Lubbock, Texas. Active as a side-man since at least 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major-label albums, and has charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts.

TICKETS

You Knew Me When

October 13 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock pairing with a full band sound.Based in Ouray, CO, by way of Nashville, TN, the duo have toured full-time since June of 2012 throughout North America, sharing their collective sound. Now touring in support of their third studio album "Into the Looking Glass", You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast

The Iron Giant

October 14 | Bristol Public Library


Looking for a fun, family-friendly space-themed movie? Then check out Bristol Public Library’s free showing of The Iron Giant (1999)!

Nine-year-old Hogarth has a very active imagination. He envisions battles with robots, fights with terrifying monsters, and intergalactic wars with alien invaders—and then he meets a very real robot from a faraway place in the galaxy. Suddenly, Hogarth has a very big friend and a very big problem, especially when a government investigator starts sniffing around the town and starts looking for the culprit behind some mechanical mayhem!

Visit Bristol Public Library at 3:00 p.m. on October 14 to take advantage of this special movie feature in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. The library will have popcorn and water available for movie attendees.

Rated PG. 84 minutes.

K.T. Vandyke

October 14 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Born and raised in the deep black diamond hills of southwestern Virginia, K.T. Vandyke is a unique and gripping songsmith, who wields folk songs and prose that reflect his vibrant and temptestuous life. He tells the story of growing up in the coalfields of Buchanan County. The story of a young vagabond musician just going off instinct.

Bluegrass

October 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass!

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium presents "Observing the Night Sky"

October 18 | Bristol Public Library


As part of Bristol Public Library’s community read project, “One Book, One Bristol,” the library will offer special space-themed events and presentations for library patrons, visitors, and friends throughout October. On October 18, the library is pleased to welcome Jason Dorfman from Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium.

During Dorfman’s presentation, “Observing the Night Sky,” guests will have the opportunity to learn about the night sky and look into the history of rocketry, including how it has forever changed how we view—and visit—the stars. If you have ever been curious about stargazing and the history behind rockets, make sure to stop by the library on October 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to take advantage of this free presentation.

Also Coming Up

Auditions for Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
October 9–16 | Theatre Bristol
ETSU Observatory presents "Astronomy from Space"
October 11 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: Katie Richardson
October 11 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
October 12 | Blackbird Bakery
Ballroom & Latin Dance Lesson
October 13 | Bristol Ballet
Delbert McClinton Presented by Big Spring Entertainment
October 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
You Knew Me When
October 13 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
The Iron Giant
October 14 | Bristol Public Library
K.T. Vandyke
October 14 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Bluegrass
October 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium presents "Observing the Night Sky"
October 18 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: Rocket Boys
October 19 | Bristol Public Library
Wells Fargo Presents: John Silvia – "Ten Issues in a Two-Percent Economy"
October 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
October 19 | Blackbird Bakery
PUSH! Film Festival
October 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Wolf Harley Davidson Charity Ride for Bristol Crisis Center
October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Beaver Creek Storytellers
October 24 | Bristol Public Library
UT presents: "The Intersection of Science and Space"
October 25 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Frankenstein
October 26 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
October 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
Creative & Crafty: Mini Fall Fabric Wreath
October 28 | Bristol Public Library
RTE. 23 Halloween Bash featuring Circus No. 9
October 28 | The Inn at Wise
BPL Movie Night: October Sky
October 30
Bluegrass
October 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly
November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Paper Quilting Class
November 4 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Farm & Fun Time: John McEuen and The Brother Boys
November 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Classic Hits 102.7 presents: 1964 The Tribute (Beatles)
November 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Corey Smith
November 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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