WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Barracks 17 NTC Liberty Station, 2710 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106 – Cross Streets are Historic Decatur and Dewey Roads AND UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92108
BEST TIME TO COVER:
- MORNING – Liberty Station: Between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- EVENING – UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center: 45 minutes prior to each screening for arrivals and interviews: 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (for 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. screenings); 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (for 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. screenings)
VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:
- Brandon Millet, founder, GI Film Group
- Sheldon Lettich, screenwriter for “Max,” former military (USMC)
- Aaron Carew, writer/producer, former military (Army), advisory council member of Veterans in Film & Television
- Jay Jee, San Diego area actor, former military (USMC), GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee member
- Robert Hamm, director/editor/producer, former military (Army), member of Veterans in Film & Television
- Alison Gill, San Diego area comedian/actress, former military (Navy), member of Veterans in Film and Television, GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee member
- Jamie Kaler, entertainer, comedian, and former military (Navy)
- Individuals who aspire to work in entertainment industry attending career fair
- Rob Jones, wounded veteran (USMC), subject in “Climb: the Rob Jones Journey Story” (5 p.m. screening)
- Rosie Guthrie, producer “Craft in America-Service” (5 p.m. screening)
- Jan Selby, director “Beyond the Divide” (5:30 p.m. screening)
- Dan Gallagher, Vietnam veteran (Army), featured in “Beyond the Divide” (5:30 p.m. screening)
- Daniel J. Egbert & Doc King, filmmakers, “Project 22” (screening at 7:45 p.m.) – story that tackles why 22 veterans commit suicide everyday in the U.S.
- 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.
- 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 http://www.GIFilmFestivalSD.org for details and to purchase tickets.