VENGEANCE – Review by T. J. Callahan

Vengeance is a fish out of water dark comedy that tries hard to raise awareness of hot button issues by questioning what’s more important to Americans today: relationships and love or conquests and social media followers? Sadly, this film is also full of Lone Star State cliches that may leave some natives spitting cotton. Is it simply satire or scathing stereotypes?

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Filmmaker Emily Barclay Ford on THE PUSHBACK, Purpose and Pushing Back (Guest Post)

We raced to finish The Pushback in time for our SXSW delivery deadline and then the festival was canceled the same day. Although we are sad that we did not get to premiere at the festival and in Texas, where the documentary was shot, we feel like we have to make lemonade out of lemons and find the opportunity in this moment. Due to the shutdown of other productions, there will likely be more appetite for finished content in the coming months. And with social distancing, cancellation of group events, and potentially the inability to canvas, we’re thinking that a film like ours can be a useful tool to reach people through their living rooms at a safe distance.

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THE PUSHBACK (SXSW2020) – Review by Liz Whittemore

“Politics as usual” no longer exists. The Pushback shines a light on the darkness of immigration reform failures. It shows us how small selfless acts can lead to huge changes. It explains why 2020’s election will be the single most important election of our history. This inspiring documentary is not just about Texas. It’s about humanity. We need it right now for inspiration to keep fighting.

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