For those of you who know me well, you know that I am on the organizing committee for a film festival here in Bristol, TN/VA. We are hoping to make PUSH! Film Festival a reality, and one of our tools is a Kickstarter campaign, which ends in just 7 days.
There are lots of great reasons you should know about PUSH! In fact, here are eight:
1. You love movies, of course.
2. You want to enjoy great films in Historic Downtown Bristol. And you are intrigued by the name of our film festival. Here's that story: The original Bristol sign built in 1910 carried the slogan "Push! That's Bristol" to reflect the push in growth Bristol was undergoing in the early 1900s. By 1915, the sign had been moved to span State Street, and in 1921, the old slogan was replaced with the current one: "Bristol: A Good Place to Live." Based on that cool history, we named the festival PUSH!, a shout-out to the growth in arts, culture and heritage happening in our town. Plus, it can be used as a play on words: push play to start the movie.
3. We are in the final week of a Kickstarter campaign, and YOU could become a PUSH! insider by helping us reach our financial goal – remember, with Kickstarter, we will only get the money pledged if we reach our full goal so every donation counts! Oh, and by the way, our campaign was a Kickstarter STAFF PICK, which translates as "Check this out!"
4. We want to bring great films to you, including classics, indies, documentaries, and more. And we want to show them to you in great downtown venues, including the Paramount Center for the Arts, a former cinema restored to its wonderful art deco glory. Check out the trailer to one of the movies we've already secured: The Ballad of Shovels & Rope.
(By the way, as we have been narrowing down our film choices, much popcorn and many Junior Mints have been consumed. It's a hard job but someone has to do it...)
5. We also hope to hold a competition for filmmakers, including one for filmmakers in our region, a face-off between Virginia and Tennessee! Winners will be picked, prizes will be given, there's even some crazy talk of Lego Oscars, but most importantly, when you attend the festival, you can pick your own favorites!
6. It won't just be films. We are also hoping to host parties, Q&As, presentations, and meet-ups – the perfect opportunity for you to get some behind-the-scenes knowledge.
7. You know me and I'm on the committee. But I bet you know a bunch of the other committee members too. The film festival committee is made up of designers, artists, videographers, academics, community supporters, and film lovers – and we want to share our love of film with you! The committee is a division of Believe in Bristol, and this is just one more effort to make our downtown THE place to be. Our aim is to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us. We are going to start small but we hope this can become a regular event.
8. Finally, if you back our Kickstarter, we show you love. Your rewards: stickers, tees, VIP access passes – there's something cool for everyone.And not only do you get some great rewards, but based on the level you choose, you get recognized as an iconic film character: The Dude, Ferris Bueller, Han Solo, Axel Foley, Ellen Ripley, Rambo, Holly Golightly, and James Bond.
So abide or get shaken not stirred, but most of all, film lovers, check us out and our call to action – because we need YOU! We haven't yet reached our Kickstarter goal of $10,000, but with YOUR help we can still make it there by March 11th! If everyone who reads this blog post and likes our Facebook page pledges just $10 (or more if you can!), we will be a Kickstarter success and on the road to making a Bristol, TN/VA film festival a reality. Please consider donating and become a PUSH! insider – and please share this blog post with friends and family, and encourage them to support our Kickstarter campaign and like our Facebook page.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far and to everyone who rallies to this call!
A big thank you to Briana and the rest of the film festival committee for great words, a great logo, great websites, and other small things that helped make writing this post a breeze.