MEDIA ADVISORY: GI Film Festival San Diego Family Movie Night is ‘Black Panther’

MEDIA ADVISORY: GI Film Festival San Diego Family Movie Night is ‘Black Panther’
August, 2018 Client News

WHAT: The GI Film Festival San Diego will hold a special screening of the 2018 Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film “Black Panther” for its Family Movie Night aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Harbor. This year, the Family Movie Night takes place in advance of the GI Film Festival San Diego. The annual event, which typically attracts more than 500 people, celebrates military-connected families and provides a fun evening out to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. Event tickets are available on the GI Film Festival San Diego website at Guests are recommended to purchase their tickets in advance. 

Pre-show activities will take place in the Museum’s hanger bay and will include music, red carpet photo opportunities, resource tables and giveaways from military-connected organizations, and more. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Complimentary tickets for this special screening of “Black Panther” are available through partnerships with USO San Diego, Support the Enlisted Project, SAY San Diego, Blue Star Families, Armed Services YMCA, SDSU Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, and more. Quantities are limited. Each organization will distribute tickets at their discretion.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT – Be A Back-To-School Hero!

  • For the first time, the GI Film Festival San Diego will conduct a back-to-school drive in collaboration with SAY San Diego at the Family Movie Night.
  • Attendees are encouraged to be a hero and bring donations that will set military-connected youth up for academic success. Suggested donations for the coming school year include new items and essentials like pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, and more. A complete list of suggested donations is available on the GI Film Festival San Diego website.
  • All supplies donated at the event will go to local military-connected students and schools in need. Donated item(s) valued at $10 or more each receives complimentary popcorn.
  • JDog Junk removal, a veteran-owned company, will transport the donations from the event to SAY San Diego’s central location where school representatives can access and begin distributing to students on the first day of school, Monday Aug. 27.
  • The schools benefiting from the drive are Hancock Elementary School, Miller Elementary School, Farb Middle School, and Perry Elementary School.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 24, 2018


  • Attendees are expected to arrive prior to 6 p.m. 
  • USS Midway Museum will allow guest boarding by 6 p.m.
  • Interviews with Designated Event Spokesperson(s): Between 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Film starts at 7:45 p.m. Run time: 135 minutes
  • Recorded and live interviews can be accommodated.

** NOTE: If you’re planning to cover Family Movie Night and will be using heavy camera equipment, the USS Midway Museum’s lift will be available for use. Advance notice is required to coordinate. ** 

WHERE: USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


  • Several GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee members will attend and be available for interviews, including:

    • Jodi Cilley, Founder and President, Film Consortium San Diego
    • Nancy Gannon Hornberger, President & Chief Executive Officer, SAY San Diego
    • Daniel Romero, San Diego Military Family Collaborative Manager, SAY San Diego
    • Suzie Colby, VP of Resource Development, SAY San Diego
    • Crystal Gates, San Diego Regional Director, Blue Star Families
  • A Spanish language spokesperson will also be available on-site.
  • Hundreds of San Diego military families enjoying a night out on the USS Midway Museum.


  • “Black Panther” is rated PG-13.
  • Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
  • “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
  • The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige.


  • SAY San Diego’s back to school program provides more than 2,700 children and teens with school supplies year-round thanks to the support of local businesses, services groups, and community leaders.
  • Countless San Diego youth – especially military family members who enroll mid-year – arrive at school without essential supplies because their families cannot afford them.
  • After expenses like food, rent, clothing, and other necessities, struggling households can be left with nothing in their budgets for basic school supplies.


  • The fourth annual GI Film Festival San Diego will occur Sept. 25-30, 2018 at various venues, including the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park and the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center.
  • More information on the GI Film Festival San Diego’s full festival week lineup can be found at Many of the events will be open to the public with discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans.
  • Founders of the GI Film Festival announced in May 2018 that San Diego will now be the home of the national film festival for 2018. The shift to the West Coast is a natural one for the national GI Film Festival, which launched in Washington, DC in 2007.
  • San Diego boasts one of the largest military populations in the U.S., with seven major military bases between the Navy, Marines and the Coast Guard. San Diego County has the third largest veteran population in the U.S. with more than 240,000 veterans and more than 100,000 active duty members.
  • San Diego is also home to a thriving film and media production industry and dozens of film festivals year-round.
  • Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans through compelling and authentic storytelling. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and family-friendly films are presented, highlighting stories of heroism, resilience, and honor. The festival also includes Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places. Panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, and documentary subjects are also part of GIFFSD.

The 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego is organized in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. Official sponsors of the 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego include: Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling, The Super Dentists, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, BAE Systems, Lewis University, National City Mile of Cars, Altus Schools, Bob Baker Subaru, and Miramar National Cemetery. Additional support is provided by Scatena Daniels Communications. The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition.