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PUSH! Film Festival Wraps Up a Successful Third Year


PUSH! Film Festival is a wrap! The festival hosted a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried films including shorts and feature-length films focused on Tennessee and Virginia over the course of the three-day festival weekend.

“This has been the best year yet!” said PUSH! Programming chair, Jessica Barnett. “PUSH! has grown in audience size, in the amount of films that have been submitted, the number of filmmakers that attend the Festival, and so much more. The quality of films that we received for the Festival has been the best we’ve seen thus far. We had filmmakers in attendance from Maryland, Nashville, Charlotte, and everywhere in between. PUSH! has really opened the doors for folks to come to Bristol.”

Over 40 hours of film was selected for screening by the Festival’s Programming committee. The 2017 film jurors then screened each film and rated each film based on a rubric. The festival hosted its Awards Ceremony at the Paramount Center for the Arts, after its Producers Party, to announce the following films that were selected by the festival’s jurors to receive awards in their film category:

  • Feature Films: Forgive-Don’t Forget
  • Virginia Films and Filmmakers: Werner Sensbach: An Artist on the Russian Front
  • Tennessee Films and Filmmakers: American Sock
  • Short Films: CUBS
  • Best in Show: American Sock

The Breaks: Centuries of Struggles won the Audience Award. Attendees had the chance to rate each feature film they attended. The Breaks received the most votes over the course of the weekend earning it the Audience Choice. The film was directed by Andrew Reed and Curtis Martin. This award-winning film beautifully rekindles a genre from yesteryear to chronicle the struggle between those seeking to exploit the Breaks and those trying to protect it.

The festival added a new category to awards: PUSH! Pioneer. The PUSH! Pioneer award is given to an industry veteran that embodies the mission of PUSH!. "We program a very diverse lineup of films, and we always seek to showcase films that somehow 'push' the envelope,” said Rusty Sheridan, PUSH! Film Festival Programming Chair. “At the 2016 festival we hosted filmmaker Bobby Farrelly on opening night. Based on the feedback from that event, our programming committee thought it necessary moving forward to create an award to honor a recognized industry professional who embodies our mission to always 'push' forward."

The inaugural PUSH! Pioneer recipient was Kevin Smith. Smith accepted the award and spoke to the PUSH! audience at the awards show at the Paramount Center for the Arts during Saturday night's Award Ceremony via video remote from Hollywood. Smith, who gained fame in 1994 after his self-financed ultra-low budget comedy "Clerks" screened at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, spoke about the PUSH! mission and the importance of film festivals like the one in Bristol.

"I love anyone who starts a film festival. I love anybody that wants to think outside the box. It's important that we come up with ideas and do things ourselves, that we PUSH ourselves ... towards something new and creative. I will keep pushing. You always keep pushing, as well," said Smith.

PUSH! Film Festival will be held again October 2018 in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN.

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival and how you can be involved, please visit www.pushfilmfest.com or contact Maggie Bishop at 423-573-2201, pushfilmfest@believeinbristol.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

UT presents: "The Intersection of Science and Space"

October 25 | Bristol Public Library


As part of “One Book, One Bristol,” Bristol Public Library’s exciting new community read project, the library will offer space-themed events to patrons and visitors throughout October. On October 25, the Bristol Public Library is excited to welcome a professor from the University of Tennessee to the Tri-Cities for “The Intersection of Science and Space.”

At 6:00 p.m. a professor from the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineer (MABE) Department at UT will speak with visitors about the history of the space program, including how Sputnik kicked the space race into high gear, and look at the incredible work NASA has done since man was first sent into space. Make sure to drop in to the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for this very special program celebrating science, space, and the power of human ingenuity!

Glow Yoga

October 25 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


On Wednesday October 25 from 6-7 pm, Breathe Bristol Yoga will host it’s first annual GLOW YOGA Class. Join Breathe Bristol for all ages, all level yoga movement under the black lights. Glow necklaces and bracelets will be available, so wear your neon or dark clothes to ‘glow with us’. For younger children who prefer not to participate in the yoga practice, there will be activities in the back room to enjoy while other family members ‘glow’!

Quaker Steak & Lube next door will also offer ‘Kids Eat For Free’ after 4pm with the purchase of an adult entree!

Come enjoy the fun. Single, married, families – this event is open to everyone! Log onto breathebristol.com to register for the event!

BPL Movie Night: Frankenstein

October 26 | Bristol Public Library


It’s time for the library’s Halloween edition of Classic Movie Corner! On October 26, Bristol Public Library presents Frankenstein (1931), starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and Boris Karloff.

Victor Frankenstein (Clive) is obsessed. As a man of science, he wants to create the perfect living being—he wants to create life—but in his attempt to defy death, Frankenstein creates a monster (Karloff) that may prove his undoing. Adapted from the classic novel by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein is a spine-tingling horror movie that’s perfectly spooky and darkly eerie.

Classic Movie Corner is open to everyone and free to the public, so make sure to stop by Bristol Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on October 26 for an exciting Halloween presentation of Frankenstein. Popcorn and water will be available for all movie attendees.

Not rated. 71 minutes.

The Diamonds

October 26 | 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.

Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat

October 27 | Downtown Bristol


Appalachian Region Antique Automobile Club of America invites you to Trunk and Treat, Friday, October 27th from 5pm until dark at Home Trust Bank. This event will feature a 50/50 Raffle, candy, fellowship, costumes, and old cars & trucks. Children of all ages are welcome to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume!

Please bring at least one canned food item per participant to be donated to Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia.

Witches & Brews Girls Inc. Fundraiser

October 27 | Downtown Bristol


Join Bristol Station and Studio Brew for a brew crawl and costume contest to raise money for Girls Inc of Bristol.

October 27, 2017
6-8pm Bristol Station
8-10pm Studio Brew

*9pm Costume Contest*
1st Place Winner $250
2nd Place Winner $150
3rd Place Winner $100

Purchase tickets and wristbands at Girls Inc. of Bristol, Bristol Station, and Parkway Wine and Liquor. Your wristband ticket gets you discounts on food and brews, enters you into our raffle for door prizes, and those that would like to compete for the best dressed Halloween costume! Come support Girls Inc of Bristol!

Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating

October 28 | Downtown Center


It's time for the Annual Pumpkin Palooza and Trick-or-Treating on State Street! On Saturday October 28, 9am to 12 noon, kids of all ages can come to the Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street for a spooktacular event! Hosted by Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department and Believe in Bristol, there will be fun and games galore — children can decorate a pumpkin with a variety of fun craft materials. There will be treat bags for kids to take home (while supplies last), along with the pumpkin they decorated. The fun continues as downtown merchants are open for trick-or-treating at various shops along State Street from 10am until 12 noon, or until the candy runs out! It's fun for the whole family!

A Bootiful Morn Costume Contests

October 28 | Cumberland Square Park


Join Bristol VA Parks & Rec for A Bootiful Morning Costume Contests at Cumberland Square Park. Contests for all ages with prizes! Call 276-645-7275 for more informaton.

Ages:
Infant – 2 yrs.
3 – 6 yrs.
7 – 14 yrs.
15 yrs. and up

Kids' Boo Bash

October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Quaker Steak and Lube invites you to be a part of their annual Kids' Boo Bash! Kids can enjoy crafts, games, face painting, and a bounce house (weather permitting). The event is free to the public and kids' meals are only $0.99 during the event!

Creative & Crafty: Mini Fall Fabric Wreath

October 28 | Bristol Public Library


On October 28, Bristol Public Library will offer a fantastic fall Creative and Crafty project: Mini Fall Fabric Wreaths! Visit the library to join this free, fun, family-friendly craft from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

For this project, registered participants will create fabric wreaths using mason jar lids. The library will have a selection of fabrics available in a variety of textures and colors, but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric if they have a design in mind. Please note: All fabric will be pre-cut to an approximate size to fit this project; however, a limited number of scissors will be available for adults and parents who wish to cut and use other fabrics.

Registration is required for this event. In order to ensure every participant has supplies, the library will need an accurate count of attendance. If you are interested in this Creative and Crafty project, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 to have your name added to their list. If you have further questions, contact the library at reference@bristol-library.org.

The Rhythm Revue

October 28 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Head to #BristolStation Saturday, October 28 for a FREE concert featuring The Rhythm Revue.

They are a classic rock, funk, and blues band from the Surgoinsville, TN area. A band heavily immersed with the passion and love for all genres of music, and the relentless search to restore balance to music with feeling and expressive color.

The Rhythm Revue has played hundreds of events since June of 2014. While they are not a full-time band, touring the globe, they choose to be a band for the people, and for the musicians of our beautiful area.

Halloween Costumes are optional.

BPL Movie Night: October Sky

October 30


To celebrate the conclusion of “One Book, One Bristol,” Bristol Public Library’s community read project, the library will offer a free showing of October Sky (1999)!

Based on Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam’s classic memoir, October Sky tells the story of Hickam’s childhood in the coalfields of West Virginia. Inspired by the first Sputnik launch, Homer and his friends studied rocketry and science and, one day, hoped to visit the stars. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam and Chris Cooper as his father, John Hickam, October Sky is a heartwarming story of what it means to follow your dreams.

The library will kick things off in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. on October 30. Popcorn and water will be available for movie attendees.

Rated PG. 108 minutes.

Bluegrass

October 30 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass!

Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas

November 1 | Bristol Public Library


On November 1 at 5:30 p.m. BPL will offer a Christmas Canvas Class. Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas. Participants will have two different ideas from which to choose, and will have the chance to give it their own personal flair.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and painting supplies to waive this fee. Registration is required, and space is limited.

To sign up, visit the Reference Desk at Bristol Public Library to add your name to the list or call 276-645-8781.

3D Printing Workshop and Demonstration

November 4 | Bristol Public Library


BPL's Jones Creativity Center will host a free 3D Printing Workshop on November 4. Starting at 3:00 p.m., the JCC will offer ongoing demonstrations to highlight all the amazing things 3D printers can create. From making small, plastic toy frogs to constructing a prosthetic hand, 3D printers are truly incredible! No registration is necessary.

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The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge

Opens November 3rd | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The craftsmanship and artistry of our region’s stringed instrument makers are celebrated with Luthier’s Craft— a new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opening November 3rd.

Luthiers – skilled makers of stringed musical instruments – are both keepers of tradition and innovators. They carry on the old ways of working wood and string to create beautiful and functional instruments, while also bringing new creativity and technology to the fore in their pieces. The Luthier’s Craft explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar, banjo, and dulcimer making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Featured craftspeople include guitar maker Wayne Henderson, fiddle makers Audrey Hash Ham and Chris Testerman, banjo maker Johnny Gentry, and dulcimer maker Ernest Combs. Supplementary panels highlighting luthiers Randal Eller, Jimmy Edmonds, Kevin Fore, and Chuck Tipton are also included. The exhibit showcases these craftspeople and their instruments, and offers visitors a hands-on, interactive exploration of the rich history of this traditional craft.

The Luthier’s Craft was produced by the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History with financial support provided by The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Interlam, Hibco Plastics, and Dr. Mac and Becky Sumner. It is on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from November 3, 2017 to March 4, 2018.

Breathe Bristol announces fall classes

Daily

Check out a few of the classes now offered at Breathe Bristol Yoga:

Gentle Flow – Mondays & Fridays @ 8:30 am
Hot Vinyasa – Mondays @ 5:45 pm
$8 Lunch Class – Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:15-12:45 pm
Mid-Day Motivation – Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 1 pm
Ashtanga Yoga – Tuesdays @ 6 pm
Kids Yoga – Wednesdays @ 4 pm
Chair Yoga – Wednesdays @ 1 pm

See the complete schedule of classes online at breathebristol.com.

Nanowrimo Write-In

Throughout November | Bristol Public Library


Fondly known as Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month is a writing marathon undertaken by authors across the world to pen a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. If you have ever wanted to jump into Nanowrimo or if you’ve considered writing a novel of your own, join Bristol Public Library in celebrating the written word and start chipping away at that word count goal! Library staff will offer encouragement and, of course, special write-in events for aspiring authors.

Writers will meet on the following dates in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room:
November 8: 6-8
November 18: 3-5
November 25: 3-5
November 29: 6-8

Write-in events are completely free and no registration is required. Simply drop-in for BPL's special write-in events or feel free to stop by the Reference Desk and request a study room.

To learn more about the Nanowrimo events, contact Bristol Public Library by phone at 276-645-8780 or email reference@bristol-library.org.

Also Coming Up

UT presents: "The Intersection of Science and Space"
October 25 | Bristol Public Library
Glow Yoga
October 25 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
BPL Movie Night: Frankenstein
October 26 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
October 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Witches & Brews Girls Inc. Fundraiser
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
A Bootiful Morn Costume Contests
October 28 | Cumberland Square Park
Kids' Boo Bash
October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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
The Rhythm Revue
October 28 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
BPL Movie Night: October Sky
October 30
Bluegrass
October 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
November 1 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Club: Steamboy
November 2 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Becomes... Community Workshop
November 2 | Slater Community Center
Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly
November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Breathe Bristol & Brews
November 4 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Paper Quilting Class
November 4 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
3D Printing Workshop and Demonstration
November 4 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Hook
November 7 | Bristol Public Library
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
Mind-Body-Chakras: 7 Ways to Create Health for Yourself
November 11 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Corey Smith
November 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Preserving Family History Workshop
November 14 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale
November 16 | Bristol Public Library
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Theatre Bristol to Reveal 2018 Season at New York City-Themed Fete on November 18th
November 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
The CCC Boys of Bristol: A Presentation by Bill Jamerson
November 20 | Bristol Public Library
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
The Cleverlys with Paul Harris — Laugh Your Bluegrass Off!
November 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Emporium Presents The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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