WHAT: The final day of the GI Film Festival San Diego features several film screenings, including an encore screening of “The 2 Sides Project.” In addition, there will also be themed film blocks: “Remember the Vietnam War,” “Tour the Festival,” and “How We Heal.”
“The 2 Sides Project” is 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.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
WHERE: AMC Mission Valley 20, 1640 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego, CA 92108
BEST TIME TO COVER: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:
- Devin Scott, director, “Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam” (Spring Valley resident)
- Jeanne Scott, producer, “Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam” (Spring Valley resident; Army veteran)
- Chuck Sweeney, film subject and Vietnam War veteran, “Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam”
- Ron Reyes, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project”
- Susan Mitchell-Mattera, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project”
- Patty Young Loew, film subject, “The 2 Sides Project”
- Nora Kubach, editor, “The 2 Sides Project”
- Tim Williams, director, “The Colonel”
- Kip Perry, director, “Gary Sinise: Always Do A Little More” (West Coast Premiere)
- Kendrick Hopkins, director, “Comedy Boot Camp: The Documentary”
- Several GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee members will attend and be available for interviews.
- Spanish language spokesperson may be available. Please call ahead to confirm.
ABOUT THE GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO:
- 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.
- Tickets and all access passes for the 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego are available at GIFilmFestivalSD.org. All festival events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans.
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.