Inaugural GI Film Festival San Diego Announces Event Schedule, Filmmaker Appearances

Inaugural GI Film Festival San Diego Announces Event Schedule, Filmmaker Appearances
September, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO, CA – Sept. 11, 2015 – KPBS, in collaboration with the GI Film Group and the Film Consortium San Diego, announces the event schedule for the inaugural GI Film Festival San Diego to be held Oct. 13 to Oct. 18, 2015 at various venues throughout San Diego. The GI Film Festival, hosted annually in Washington DC, will make its first trip to San Diego and will feature a variety of films for, about, and by service men and women. The festival aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of the military through compelling and authentic storytelling. All major film genres will be featured including drama, documentary and personal narrative.
“GI Film Festival San Diego events and film selections have been carefully curated to accommodate the interests of San Diegans,” says Tom Karlo, general manager, KPBS. “Our selections include films from the DC festival, but will also take into account what local families and aspiring filmmakers want, such as our Family Night aboard the USS Midway Museum and our Career Fair at NTC Liberty Station, where experts will gather to share their knowledge with attendees about how to break into the entertainment industry.”

Many of the events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty military personnel and veterans. General admission tickets will be available online at the GI Film Festival San Diego website, on Monday, Sept. 14. The direct link to purchase tickets is here.

As of Sept. 11, 2015 the list of festival events and screenings are as follows. Please note that times, titles, and locations are subject to change. Please check for updates.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m.: Kick-off Screening & Party at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla. Featuring the 2014 British film, “Kilo Two Bravo,” a dramatic retelling of a harrowing rescue in the midst of the Afghanistan conflict. Q&A with Director Paul Katis and reception follows. NOTE: “Kilo Two Bravo” contains scenes with very strong language and strong bloody injury detail that some viewers may find distressing. MPAA Rated R.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at 7 p.m.: Screening & Filmmaker Talk at USD Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Featuring “Debt of Honor.” Q&A with Director Ric Burns and reception follows. FREE ADMISSION. RSVP REQUIRED through the online box office at
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 beginning at 6 p.m.: Screenings & Filmmaker Talks at The Village Theatres in Coronado. Film titles include “The Millionaires’ Unit” at 6 p.m.; “Searching For Augusta – The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne” with “Germans in the Woods” at 6:30 p.m.; and “The M.I.A.’s on Tiger Mountain” with “Breaking Through the Story of Larry Fivecoats” and other selections at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at 7 p.m.: Family Movie Night at the USS Midway Museum. Enjoy “Max” on the flight deck under the stars. Each ticket includes popcorn and soda. MPAA Rated PG.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Career Fair, Workshops, and Screenings at Barracks 17 at NTC Liberty Station.  Featuring more than 20 businesses and organizations in education, media, technology, and the entertainment industry.  Workshops on storytelling and filmmaking. Screening includes “On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.” FREE ADMISSION, NO RSVP REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 beginning at 5 p.m.: Screenings & Filmmaker Talks at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Triumphs & Tribulations film block includes: “Birthday”; “The Next Part”; “Angels of Anbar”; “Craft in America-Service” and “Climb: The Rob Jones Journey Story” beginning at 5 p.m.; “On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam” and “Beyond the Divide” at 5:30 p.m.; Project 22 at 7:45 p.m.; “War Pigs” at 8 p.m. (MPAA Rated R).
  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 beginning at 12 noon: Multiple screenings featuring Local Film Showcase selections and other films at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. The Local Film Showcase will include fiction and non-fiction military-themed films produced within San Diego and Imperial Valley. The films were made by veterans, active duty service members and civilians. Many of San Diego’s bases and military-focused organizations are represented.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at 4 p.m.: Screenings at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Film titles include: “Nomadic Veterans”; “Thank You For Your Service”; and selections from the Local Film Showcase at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at 6 p.m.: Closing Night Celebration at DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley. Join us for the exciting culmination of our festival! Filmmakers featured in the Local Film Showcase will receive awards in multiple categories. The celebration will feature special guests and entertainment by the GI’s of Comedy.
The GI Film Festival San Diego is part of an expanding KPBS initiative to better serve local military with meaningful content. Such content includes a four-part radio series called Incoming, which aired in May and featured stories written and narrated by local veterans. KPBS also contributes to the NPR series Back at Base, a multi-station collaborative chronicling the lives of U.S. troops in their local communities. By presenting the GI Film Festival San Diego, KPBS will continue to build on its military-related content and engagement programs.

Now in its tenth year, the GI Film Group produces and curates the annual GI Film Festival, which takes place each May in Washington, DC and Virginia. The San Diego festival allows the GI Film Group to extend their mission of preserving and sharing the stories of America’s GI to a new audience in San Diego.

The GI Film Festival San Diego is sponsored by Qualcomm Inc., National City Mile of Cars, and Lewis University with additional support provided by Scatena Daniels Communications. The festival is presented by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and the Film Consortium San Diego.

About GI Film Group
The GI Film Group is a full service media company dedicated to preserving the stories of military veterans. GIFG is the production entity behind the award-winning GI Film Festival (GIFF), a 501c(3), also known as “Sundance for the Troops,” which is held each May in Washington, DC.  The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film.
About Film Consortium San Diego
The Film Consortium San Diego LLC is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media. The Film Consortium holds the Fall Film Festival, San Diego Film Awards, Winter Film Showcase, Summer at the Drive-in and various other screening and networking events.

About KPBS
KPBS serves the San Diego community with news and entertainment programming that respects our audience with inspiring, intelligent and enlightening content. KPBS delivers this content via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media and will adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.