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PUSH! Film Festival Is A Wrap, Winning Films Announced


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.



Downtown Bristol Events

CBD 101 and Yoga Workshop

October 17 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Sip on CBD-infused herbal tea and sample her handmade CBD pain salve while Lesley shares her in-depth knowledge of CBD – or cannabidiol – and find out what it is, how to use it, and how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system.

After, let your stress melt away as Cindy guides us through restorative yoga and sound healing – two deeply relaxing, healing modalities that calm our central nervous system and mind. This type of yoga is good for all ages and abilities – beginners all the way up to advanced practitioners. Throughout the yoga session we will enjoy a happiness/heart chakra tincture with CBD, and a wonderful calming CBD blend for savasana.

This workshop will be sponsored by Appalachian Alchemy, creating formulations of Cannabidol (CBD), and other activating herbal ingredients promote health, balance and healing of mind and body. High Quality CBD products will be available for purchase after the class.

$25 investment. Space and supplies are VERY limited so please reserve your spot today via 423-254-0323, breathebristolyoga@gmail.com, or online at www.breathebristol.com/schedule.

WPBA Tour Event

October 18–21 | Borderline Billiards


Farm & Fun Time ft. the Quebe Sisters and The Barefoot Movement

October 18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Tickets to October'sFarmandFunTimefeaturing The Quebe Sisters and The Barefoot Movement are nowSOLD OUT, but you don't have to miss the show! VisitRadio Bristol's Facebook pageand watch the program live!

About the Quebe Sisters
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away.

It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.

And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound.

About The Barefoot Movement
Heartfelt, energetic,and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville-based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.

All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone.

VA's 9th District Congressional Debate

October 18 | Bristol Hotel

Congressman Morgan Griffith and Anthony Flaccavento will debate. Seating is limited. Email tdowdy@bristolchamber.org for tickets.

Wyldeheart

October 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Wyldeheart brings a unique edge to Rock,Country, 80's, Dance and Oldies music.

Brushes for Books fundraiser for Sullivan County Imagination Library

October 19 | Mercantile on State


Join Sullivan County Imagination Library and Moon Bound Girl for a very special "Brushes for Books" fundraiser benefiting the Imagination Library. Paint with renowned artist Leigh Ann Agee of Moon Bound Girl!

Tickets are $60, which includes heavy appetizers, wine, soft drinks, all painting supplies, and painting instruction by Leigh Ann. There will also be a silent auction at the event comprised of baskets full of goodies from businesses all around the Tri-Cities, so bring your checkbook!

Register online at scimaginationlibrary.org.

Parker Gispert w/ iliad

October 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Hear Whigs frontman Parker Gispert and iliad at Bloom this Friday.

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

October 19 | Paramount Bristol


A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. His live performances show the breadth of his deep talents and the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, is the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and he was named Texas State Musician.

To his fans, Robert Earl Keen’s songs “The Road Goes on Forever,” “Gringo Honeymoon,” and “The Front Porch Song” are American classics, helping make him arguably the most important figure to the formation of Red Dirt music as we know it. The raspy-voiced singer-songwriter is a country and Americana cult hero – whose real-life songs portray characters as vivid as they are flawed and funny.

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen have toured together frequently since 2013, the year after they were both inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame. They will perform onstage together for the entire show.

TICKETS

Community Jam Sessions

October 20 – December 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will begin hosting a monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session starting on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The community jams are open to all ages and all skill levels.

The jam events have been organized to provide a space for local musicians to gather and pick, collaborate, share their experiences, and—most importantly—to have fun!

Jams will be scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., serving as a great warm-up for Saturday night gigs! Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments.

The sessions will be heldin the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For more information call 423-573-1927.

90s Dance Party

October 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Come and dance it out to your favorite 90’s songs. This is a free event that you don’t want to miss!

Acoustifried

October 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for the music of Acoustifried.

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Trivia Night

October 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Calling all Potential Slayers! Our next extra-spooky October trivia installment is here! Can you endure the Cruciamentum? Do you have what it takes to stop the end of the world (again)? Or even worse-take on a wild pack of bunnies? Brush up on the original television run and come in for Buffy The Vampire Slayer Trivia at Bloom!

Networking & Promotion Workshop

October 24 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Are you struggling to effectively promote and connect to new customers through networking? Whether you are:

  • Inviting clients to lunch/dinner or holding an event for them
  • Representing your organization at industry, professional or supplier events
  • Pitching your organization to business and community leaders effectively

Or all of the above ?make sure your networking works!(and you get a return on the investment of your time and money this year). If you consider networking to be daunting and awkward, cluster with people you already know, or you are often unprepared and just show up, you are probably not getting the most out of it, attend this workshop and refine your networking skills.

REGISTER

Alexa Rose and Sorrel

October 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.

Founded in 2015 by brothers and longtime musical collaborators Seth and Isaac Ratliff, Sorrel is an Appalachian indie band based out of Tri-Cities, TN/VA. Sorrel’s music is reminiscent of American traditional music like blues and old-time country while reaching out into folk, soul, and indie. The brothers are multi-instrumentalists and employ acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, organ, and electric guitar in their songwriting. Their instrumentation—typically calm and textured, but capable of being emphatic—is an apt platform for their expressive vocals and emotional lyrics.

Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating

October 27 | Downtown Center


It's time for the Annual Pumpkin Palooza and Trick-or-Treating on State Street! On Saturday October 27, 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!

6th Street Comicfest

October 27 | Downtown Bristol


Come on out to 6th street in downtown Bristol for lots of family fun! Face Painting by Aline, Magic Demos, Free Comics, and more! Green screen photography sessions at Bridgeforth Design Studio just $10 for an 8.5x11 print. Get your cutie pie kids and pets photographed on the green screen! Free to attend. Vendors of crafts, comics, or collectibles welcome to set up for free.

Kid's Boo Bash

October 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Once your little ones have filled their bags with candy from the Downtown Bristol Merchants, stop by and fill their bellies up with $0.99 Kids Meals (w/ purchase of Adult Entrée). We will have face painting and crafts to keep all the ghouls and goblins entertained!

Cornhole Tournament & Believe in Bristol Give Back

October 27 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Join us Saturday, October 27th for a cornhole tournament at Bristol Station Brews & Taproom! Pre-registration starts NOW at Bristol Station (41 Piedmont Avenue) or at the Believe in Bristol office (20 6th Street)! The pre-registration fee is $20 per team of two. Day of registration will begin at 2:00pm (along with the pre-party!) and will be $25 per team.

Limit 30 teams with double elimination! The Pakalachian Food Truck will be serving up some delicious fusion grub at 5:00pm and the Tennessee vs. South Carolina game will be on! Registration proceeds and $1 from every beer go to Believe in Bristol to help us continue to promote our vibrant downtown!

Bloom Cafe’s Spooky Halloween Costume Contest and Movie Night

October 27 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bloom is having a Halloween Party 🎃 👻 on October 27th! Featuring spooky films, a costume contest, trick-or-treat specials, and plenty of popcorn. The event will be family friendly with trick-or-treating from 7-9 & have separate costume contests for kids and adults! The spooky adult appropriate party will be from 9:30 — Midnight.

7-9pm: “Beetlejuice!” Kid friendly costume contest to follow the film.

10pm-Midnight: “Dead Alive” with beer specials and adult appropriate costume contest to follow the film.

Winners of each costume contest will receive a $20 gift card to Bloom Cafe & Listening Room!

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Fiddler on the Roof
October 9 – November 18 | Paramount Bristol
CBD 101 and Yoga Workshop
October 17 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
WPBA Tour Event
October 18–21 | Borderline Billiards
Farm & Fun Time ft. the Quebe Sisters and The Barefoot Movement
October 18 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
VA's 9th District Congressional Debate
October 18 | Bristol Hotel
Wyldeheart
October 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Brushes for Books fundraiser for Sullivan County Imagination Library
October 19 | Mercantile on State
Parker Gispert w/ iliad
October 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
October 19 | Paramount Bristol
90s Dance Party
October 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Acoustifried
October 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Trivia Night
October 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Networking & Promotion Workshop
October 24 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Brother Oliver
October 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub
From the Edge
October 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Spectral Celestial: Art Exhibit by Brian Serway
October 26 | Elderbrew
Alexa Rose and Sorrel
October 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bad Mountain Brew
October 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 27 | Downtown Center
6th Street Comicfest
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Kid's Boo Bash
October 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Cornhole Tournament & Believe in Bristol Give Back
October 27 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Miss Food City Pageant 2019
October 27 | Paramount Bristol
Halloween Costume Contest
October 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Music of Cream: 50th Anniversary World Tour
October 28 | Paramount Bristol
AAME Speaker Series: Radio Frankenstein: 20th Century Madmen and Their Monsters
October 30 | Bristol Public Library
Hope Gala 2018
November 2 | Paramount Bristol
Sidewalk Prophets
November 3 | Paramount Bristol
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
November 4 | Paramount Bristol
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 10 | Downtown Bristol
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
November 29 | Paramount Bristol
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol
EmiSunshine Christmas Show with Etta May
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 4 | Paramount Bristol
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library

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