The Pushback

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 progressive voices across Texas as they fight decades of institutional racism and policies of discrimination along the border. The battle over immigrant rights, land seizures to build the border wall, and the troubled racial history of the state form the backdrop to a film that explores how a place once known for its reactionary politics is becoming more liberal, more diverse—and more at risk for violent conflict.

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Kevin Ford




Director: Kevin Ford
Producer: Richard Linklater, Emily Barclay Ford, Charles Horak
Cinematographer: Kevin Ford
Editor: Zach Passero, Kevin Ford
Sound Designer: Andrew Smetek
Music: Joseph Cash
Principal Cast: Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Councilwoman Natasha Harper-Madison, Becky Bullard, Ashley Cheng, Fred Cavazos, Rey Anzaldua, Ann Finch, Mike Epp, Joe Lansdale, Marianna Wright
Additional Credits: Executive Producer: James D. Stern, Co-Producer: Christopher Morse, Co-Producer: Zach Passero, Associate Producer: Kristen Gunn, Camera Operators: Zach Passero, Christopher Morse, Thomas Slanker, Colorist: Ryan Martinez / Cheeky Monkey Post, Additional Color: Sean Broadbent, Artwork: Vanessa McKee, Archivist: Cassie Sagness, Legal Services: The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis


Publicity Contact
Sunshine Sachs
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 94 mins