MEDIA ADVISORY: GI Film Festival San Diego Heads to North County San Diego with Free Preview Screening of DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘Thank You for Your Service’

MEDIA ADVISORY: GI Film Festival San Diego Heads to North County San Diego with Free Preview Screening of DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘Thank You for Your Service’
October, 2017 Client News

WHAT: The second day of the GI Film Festival San Diego will take place for the first time ever in North County San Diego. The evening will begin with “World War II Remembered – Part 1” at 5 p.m. This film block features a collection of short documentaries that honor the stories and sacrifice of the greatest generation. The block comprises of West Coast premieres and award-winning documentaries, including “All American,” “Happy,” “The Rifleman’s Violin,” and “We Can Do It: Stories of Rosie the Riveter.”

Following the World War II film block will be a free preview screening of DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You for Your Service” at 7:30 p.m. “Thank You for Your Service” opens nationwide on Oct. 27.

DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. This film stars an ensemble cast led by Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith. The drama produced by Jon Kilik (“The Hunger Games” series, “Babel”) is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.

“Thank You for Your Service” is written and directed by Jason Hall, the Academy Award®-nominated writer of “American Sniper,” whose films seamlessly blend incisive social commentary with emphatically human stories, turning real people and challenging issues into gripping, engrossing cinema. Hall currently has several diverse projects in development, including Rasputin for Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way.

The film is rated R (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017


  • Interviews with Filmmakers, Veterans and Designated Event Spokesperson(s) for “World War II Remembered – Part 1” film block: Between 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Interviews with Veterans and Designated Event Spokesperson(s): Between 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • “World War II Remembered – Part 1” Screenings Begins: 5 p.m.
  • “Thank You for Your Service” Preview Screening Begins: 7:30 p.m. NOTE: This screening is not open to media.

WHERE: Regal Carlsbad 12, 2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008


  • Local North County World War II veterans are anticipated to attend the film block and be available to speak to the importance of the military film festival, and what it means to them.
  • Mike Dorsey, film director for “Happy” featured in the “World War II Remembered – Part 1” film block.
  • Members of the GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee are scheduled to attend and will be available for interviews:
    • Nico Marcolongo, Sr. Mgr., Operation Rebound, Challenged Athletes Foundation; USMC Officer (Ret.)
    • Lisa Marcolongo, Public Relations Manager, Elizabeth Hospice Center of Compassionate Care
  • Spanish language spokespersons may be available on-site. Please call in advance to confirm.
  • Red carpet with step and repeat entry.
  • Video of trailers available upon request.


  • 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.
  • 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.