MEDIA ADVISORY: Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Ric Burns to Appear at San Diego’s Only Military Film Festival

MEDIA ADVISORY: Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Ric Burns to Appear at San Diego’s Only Military Film Festival
October, 2015 Client News
WHAT: Acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns will be in San Diego to present a sneak peek of “Debt of Honor” and participate in a Q&A session on the treatment of disabled veterans. The documentary, which is set to air on nationally on Nov. 10, 2015, examines the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and continuing through today’s conflicts in the Middle East. The film combines personal stories, told by distinguished disabled veterans, with deep history narrated by leading scholars in the fields of disability studies, history, and psychology to illustrate the human cost of war and the enormous sacrifices of military service. Unrated.

COST TO ATTEND: FREE ADMISSION, but RSVP required through the online box office at

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

  • Guest Arrivals: 5:45 p.m. through 6:45 p.m.
  • Interviews with Director and Designated Event Spokesperson(s): Between 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m.
WHERE: USD Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

  • Ric Burns, director/producer, internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer. Burns won six Emmy Awards and a prestigious Peabody Award. He has written, directed, and produced historical documentaries for more than 20 years, beginning with his collaboration on “The Civil War” which he produced with his older brother Ken Burns. In 2015, he will release three Burns’ films: “American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History,” “Debt of Honor,” and “The Pilgrims.”
  • Lois Pope, philanthropist; founder of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation and funder for “Debt of Honor.”
  • Brandon Millet, founder, GI Film Group.
  • Sgt. Mark Zambon, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Paralympic-hopeful, and Wounded Warrior Fellow with Congresswoman Susan Davis’ office. (Awaiting confirmation of media interview availability).
  • Step and repeat entry.
  • Preview movie here.
  • 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.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15: 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.