I’ll Push You

Posted by Larry Gleeson




NEWPORT BEACH, CA – April 11, 2017 – I’LL PUSH YOU, an inspirational documentary about friendship, endurance, humanity and overcoming adversity will have its World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Monday, April, 24, 2017 at 4:45pm at the Island Cinema, 999 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Tickets to that screening were sold out within hours of being made available it was announced today by the film’s director, Terry Parish. Two additional screenings have been set and they are also expected to sell out before the start of the film festival.

The premiere screening of I’LL PUSH YOU will be followed by a panel discussion with principles, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray and San Diego-based filmmakers Terry Parish and Chris Karcher.

In June, 2014, two lifelong friends, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray embarked on an epic, five-and-a-half-week, 500-mile-long journey to hike Spain’s famed El Camino de Santiago (the way of St. James).

Hiking this ancient pilgrimage along the vast terrain is challenging enough for the able-bodied. But these friends show the true test of humanity by physically and mentally pushing each other, as Justin, fighting and neuromuscular disease would have to be pushed in a wheelchair. To reach their goal of completing this amazing trek, they will encounter many seemingly insurmountable obstacles and incredible, often comical, setbacks. While the pair face various challenges they realize the greatest journey will be that of self-discovery, a sense of purpose and love of a community who, ultimately, redefine the meaning of the phrase, I’LL PUSH YOU.

“We are beyond thrilled to have the World Premiere of our film, I’ll PUSH YOU take place at the Newport Beach Film Festival”, said Director, Terry Parish. “Justin as well as the filmmaking team have deep Southern California connections, so this epic journey has poetically come full-circle for us”, he added.

“I’LL PUSH YOU is one of the most moving and inspirational films we have ever seen and it was an easy decision to include it in this year’s dynamic line-up of films”, said Newport Beach Film Festival Senior Programmer Erika Tucker.  “The premiere on April 24 sold out almost immediately, which speaks volumes about the film and its obvious appeal to audiences. We are planning to add additional screenings to what will certainly be an audience favorite of the festival”, she added.


About the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.


(Source: Press release provided by Max Danielson, Public Relations, I’ll Push You)

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