Texas Focus: The Pushback

Online Program

September 21, 2020 - September 23, 2020

Enjoy a virtual Texas Focus Film Series screening of Kevin Ford's The Pushback

Purchase of a virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 24 hours between September 21 - 23.

Exclusive Interview

The story of two women of color running for public office, fighting against decades of institutional racism, and redefining what it means to be a Texan.

Event Details

The first of two Latinas to represent Texas in Congress, Veronica Escobar, and the only African American woman to run for city council in Austin in 2018, Natasha Harper-Madison, lead a diverse group of voices across Texas. The battle over immigrant rights, the border wall, and troubled racial history form the backdrop to a film that explores the evolution of Texas and a vision for the future of the state.

A cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative, the Museum's Texas Focus Film Series highlights stories by, for, and about Texans. As a SXSW Film Festival retrospective, this season's selections highlight stories of unique individuals and their relationship with society.

Enhance your film viewing experience with an interview with director, Kevin Ford, producer, Emily Barclay Ford and film subject, Natasha Harper-Madison on the Bullock Museum Medium page.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Director | Producer: Kevin Ford, Emily Barclay Ford
Runtime: 95 min
Genre: Documentary
Release Year: 2020

About the Guest Speakers

Kevin Ford is a filmmaker whose directorial work includes The Bomb which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and was also featured at the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies. Ford also co-produced, shot and edited American Chaos distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics.

Emily Barclay Ford has been working in features and television for over 20 years. She recently Executive Produced the documentary series The Age of AI starring Robert Downey, Jr. Previously Barclay Ford was an executive at The Walt Disney Co. where she oversaw the creation of original content for Disney Interactive.

Natasha Harper-Madison is an Austin City Council Member and represents District 1, the part of town where she was born and raised. In between championing the interests of her constituents, Council Member Harper-Madison is the proud wife of an Austin firefighter, the mother of four children, and a thriving breast cancer survivor.

Director's Statement

For the past several years I've watched as discrimination of all kinds has risen in our country. I felt an urgent need to do more. As a filmmaker, I decided to use my skills to make this documentary to try to amplify voices and stories of people on the front lines who are fighting to make change.

Educators, to receive CPE credit email Education@TheStoryofTexas.com.

Banner image courtesy The Pushback (2020).

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.