MEDIA ADVISORY: Captivating Post-Vietnam War Documentary Opens 
Third Annual GI Film Festival San Diego

MEDIA ADVISORY: Captivating Post-Vietnam War Documentary Opens 
Third Annual GI Film Festival San Diego
October, 2017 Client News

WHAT: The 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego’s opening night screening features the West Coast Premiere of “The 2 Sides Project,” a post-Vietnam War documentary that follows the unforgettable journey of six U.S. sons and daughters as they discover a country and a people with whom they share a common history. This film brings to light the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how it not only affected those on the battlefield, but also those waiting for their loved ones to return home.

The film’s director, Anthony Istrico, and five of the six film subjects will attend. They will be available to speak about their compelling journey to the sites where their fathers died and the powerful encounters they had with the country itself.

SAN DIEGO CONNECTION: In 1975, San Diego’s Camp Pendleton was the first of only four Vietnamese resettlement camps to open in the U.S., temporarily hosting more than 50,000 refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. Not only was the encampment the first U.S. home for the refugees, but also helped reshape Southern California’s Asian population. Two of the film subjects have ties to San Diego, as their fathers were stationed here before they were deployed to Vietnam.

Following the film screening, there will be a discussion with director Anthony Istrico, “The 2 Sides Project” founder Margot Carlson Delogne, and film subject Margaret Von Lienen. The panelists will not only speak to the film, but also the importance of this documentary for all children – young and old – today who have lost a parent to war. The evening will close with a dessert reception in the museum’s atrium.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

WHERE: Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA, Balboa Park), 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101)

WHERE TO PARK YOUR TRUCK: Enter El Prado area from Village Place. Fiberglass barriers can be removed so you can enter the area. Park your truck in front of the Museum of Photographic Arts on the SOUTH side of El Prado. We are not allowed to have trucks on both sides of the El Prado. We encourage you to arrive between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.


  • We can best accommodate live hits for the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. But if you want something earlier, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Best time for recorded and/or live interviews with filmmakers and festival spokespersons.
  • 7 p.m.: Film Screening begins.


  • Step and repeat and red carpet entry to be in place by 5 p.m.
  • Anthony Istrico, director, “The 2 Sides Project”
  • Margot Carlson Delogne, founder and film subject, “The 2 Sides Project”
  • Margaret Von Lienen, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project”
  • Ron Reyes, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project” – Ron’s father went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, and went to infantry training at Camp Pendleton in early 1967.
  • Susan Mitchell-Mattera, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project” – Susan’s father completed boot camp in San Diego at the San Diego Naval Base and their whole family was stationed in San Diego at the time of her father’s death.
  • Patty Young Loew, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project”
  • GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee members will attend and be available to speak to the importance of a military-themed film festival and what it means to San Diego’s military community. Available committee members include:
    • Sheldon Margolis, executive director, The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
    • Staci Reidinger, communications strategist, United States Marine Corps
  • Spanish language spokespersons may be available on-site. Please call in advance to confirm.
  • View movie trailer here:


  • The first-ever formal meetings between American and Vietnamese sons and daughters—who had all lost fathers fighting on opposite sides during the war—occurred in December 2015. This documentary captures these moving and emotional meetings.
  • “The 2 Sides Project” won the 2017 Founders’ Choice Award at the GI Film Festival in D.C.
  • An encore screening of “The 2 Sides Project” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at AMC Mission Valley 20. To purchase tickets and for more information about this film or any other screenings, visit


  • The third annual GI Film Festival San Diego will occur Oct. 18-22, 2017.
  • This film festival is one of only a few in the entire United States to exclusively feature stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans.
  • Films selected for this year’s GI Film Festival San Diego feature diverse stories with themes ranging from women in the military, resiliency and recovery, transitioning from active duty to veteran status, and the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Selections also highlight military experiences from within the Hispanic, African American, and Asian cultures.
  • Many of the films on the 2017 schedule were featured in the GI Film Festival in D.C. earlier this year; these were specifically selected for local audiences to enjoy.
  • Wars covered in the films span from World War II to the present day conflicts.
  • Films come from around the United States as well as here in San Diego and range from feature length films to shorts.
  • The 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego features 33 films in all, including two World Premieres, and eight West Coast Premieres. There are also filmmaker appearances and panel discussions.
  • Screenings will be presented in themed film blocks so audience members can fully immerse themselves in the festival experience. Theme blocks include:
    •  World War II Remembered – Part 1 and Part 2
    • Local Film Showcase: Made By or Starring Veterans
    • Local Film Showcase: Deported Veterans
    • Remembering the Vietnam War
    • Tour the Festival
    • How We Heal
  • Tickets and all access passes for the 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego are available at All festival events will be open to the public with discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 – For the first time, the GI Film Festival San Diego will conduct screenings in North County San Diego at the Regal Carlsbad 12.
  • Friday, Oct. 20 – The GI Film Festival San Diego’s Family Movie Night will be back aboard the USS Midway Museum with a special screening of “Wonder Woman” on the flight deck.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 – Screenings will be held throughout the day at AMC Mission Valley 20. There will be 18 films shown, most of which make up the Local Film Showcase.
  • Sunday, Oct. 22: The film festival concludes at the AMC Mission Valley 20 with the “Remembering the Vietnam War,” “Tour the Festival,” and “How We Heal” film blocks.

The 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. Official sponsors of the 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego include Kaminskiy Design and Remodeling, City National Bank, Lewis University, National City Mile of Cars, Altus Schools, Bob Baker Subaru, and GEICO Military with additional support from Scatena Daniels Communications and the Maritime Museum. Alaska Airlines is the official travel sponsor.