MEDIA ADVISORY: Coronado Welcomes Region’s Only Military-Focused Film Festival

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coronado Welcomes Region’s Only Military-Focused Film Festival
October, 2015 Client News
WHAT: Coronado’s Village Theatres will be the venue for an evening of film screenings curated by the GI Film Festival San Diego, featuring the birth of naval aviation, a profile of a nurse who served in WWII, personal accounts of Vietnam War rescue missions never before shared, and a profile of one of the founders of the Vietnam Village of San Diego (now Veterans Village).

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 “Jack Lyon – Always Faithful” at 7 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015


  • Red Carpet Arrivals: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Interviews with Director and Designated Event Spokesperson(s): Between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118


  • Jack Lyon, founder, Veterans Village of San Diego and subject of “Jack Lyon – Always Faithful.” Preview video here.
  • Marc Wortman, author of “The Millionaires’ Unit.” Preview video here.
  • Darroch Greer and Ron King, directors of “The Millionaires’ Unit.” Preview video here.
  • Step and repeat entry
  • The GI Film Festival, hosted annually in Washington DC, makes its first trip to San Diego and will feature a variety of films for, about, and by service men and women.
  • 35 films, 15 events, and one career and resource fair are planned during the festival (Oct. 13-18, 2015) at various venues throughout San Diego.
  • The festival aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of the military through compelling and authentic storytelling.
  • Film series within the festival includes “Triumphs & Tribulations,” “Women in Military,” and “Reality vs. Fiction.”
  • Filmmakers, subjects, and experts are scheduled to attend. Filmmaker Q&A and panel discussions follow most screenings.
  • Friday, Oct. 16: Family Movie Night on the USS Midway Museum’s flight deck featuring the film “Max.” Canine star Jagger, screen writer Sheldon Lettich, and local service and therapy dogs are scheduled to appear. Comedian and former naval officer Jamie Kaler hosts.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17: A free career fair and workshop sessions for military and veterans looking to break into the entertainment industry. Barracks 17 at NTC Liberty Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: Local Film Showcase series featuring San Diego area filmmakers, locations, and people caps an exciting line-up of films from all over the world. Screenings held at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center beginning at 12 noon.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: A closing night celebration and awards ceremony where top honors are bestowed to four local films will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley at Hazard Center at 6 p.m.  An “Audience Choice” award will also be announced.
  • Many of the events are open to the public with discounted opportunities for active duty military personnel and veterans.
  • Tickets for individual screenings start at $10. All access passes are $85. Military and veteran discounts apply.
  • Visit for details and to purchase tickets.
The GI Film Festival San Diego is sponsored by Qualcomm Inc., GEICO, Lewis University, and National City Mile of Cars 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.