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PUSH! Film Festival Official Poster Created by King University’s Digital Media Art & Design Department

PUSH! Film FestivalBRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 18, 2017 – King University’s Digital Media Art & Design Department has teamed up once again with Believe in Bristol and the PUSH! Film Festival to create the official poster for the event. The festival takes place Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA Oct. 20-22. 3 Days. 2 States. 1 Film Festival.

“We are excited to be a part of the PUSH! Film Festival again this year. King has been a part of the festival since its inception,” said Joe Strickland, assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media. “This will be our third year to collaborate with the festival’s marketing team to create the official poster for the event. The festival poster is created by King’s Sign of the George Press & Gallery. The old-fashioned letterpress is managed by the DMAD program. For the last two years, a focus for the posters has been to highlight the uniqueness of the festival - 3 days, 2 states, 1 film festival.”

Lee Jones, assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media added, “This year, we will incorporate into the design the state markers of Tennessee/Virginia that line the middle of State Street. We had a new block specially made for this poster to incorporate the dual states. The block was created by Owosso Graphic Arts in Owosso, Mich., one of the few remaining companies who still make blocks for letterpresses. The black ink posters as well as limited special edition two-color design posters will be available for sale during the festival.”

“Believe in Bristol and PUSH! Film Festival are very lucky to have a great partnership with the King University DMAD program,” said Maggie Bishop, executive director of Believe in Bristol. “Our festival posters are each pressed in The Sign of the George Press; we use DMAD students as volunteers for the festival, both prior to and during festival weekend; and have been able to create amazing festival wayfinding through the department. The ability to use these DMAD resources has been crucial to the success of our now third year film festival. “

“Two years ago, King alumna, Tessa Klingensmith (’16), had a film accepted and screened during the festival,” said Strickland. “Bristol can be a great place for not only a film festival but for filmmakers. Just like the movie ‘Believe’ recognized Bristol was a great location for a film, we are wanting to see what filmmakers would think about doing more film and bringing more into our community here with the medium of film specifically. The filmmakers PUSH! has entertained over the past couple of years have seen the potential for Bristol.”

“Members of the local arts community started the festival three years ago,” said Jones. “There has been a lot of art and music downtown, but not much film. We have the Paramount Theatre, which is quite famous, and essentially, we wanted to bring film back to Downtown Bristol.”

The PUSH! Film Festival is a competitive, three-day festival and celebration of the cinematic and visual arts. By bringing diverse films to our community and showcasing the best regional filmmakers, PUSH! aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity. Some of the competition film categories include Best Tennessee Film and Best Virginia Film as well as Best Shorts and Best Feature for local, national, and international audiences. The audiences also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite film submission.

PUSH! will also offer exciting parties and get-togethers, along with a variety of educational opportunities for filmmakers and audience members of all ages. Films and workshops will be held across several venues including the historic, art-deco Paramount Theatre, the Bristol Public Library, and the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For more information, contact Joe Strickland at 423.652.4709 or or Lee Jones at 423.652.4873 or or visit


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