Emily Barclay Ford,
Directed by former Austinite Kevin Ford and produced by his wife Emily Barclay Ford, the documentary The Pushback follows the local regional, and statewide efforts to turn Texas blue following former Congressman Beto O'Rourke’s close loss to incumbent Senator Ted Cruz during the 2018 midterm elections. Ford focuses on two women of color who emerged victorious during their respective bid for public office in 2018: Austin City District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison and Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who represents Texas’ 16th Congressional District in El Paso.The Pushback revisits Harper-Madison as she grapples with resident backlash for her strong advocacy of Austin’s homeless population and Escobar as she copes with the August 2019 Latino-targeted mass shooting in her native El Paso that left 23 people dead. The documentary also examines the impact on Texas of the Trump Administration’s efforts to build a border wall and to compromise the U.S. asylum system. The Pushback, which ranks Richard Linklater among its producers, will be available to stream beginning Oct. 6. The virtual premiere of The Pushback will be held 5 p.m. Oct. 5, with director Kevin Ford hosting a live conversation with Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and former Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Kevin Ford, who lived in Austin from 2004-2014 before returning to his native California, previously directed the documentaries By the River,The Bomb, and Stone Barn Castle. Emily Barclay Ford previously produced the documentary By the River and the narrative features Riding 79 and Ellar Coltrane’s upcoming drama Drowned.
Aired: Sept. 24, 2020