WHAT: Day four of the GI Film Festival San Diego consists of themed film blocks and several West Coast Premieres, beginning with “World War II Remembered – Part 2” at 10:50 a.m. Additional film screenings include “American Veteran” at 11 a.m., “After Fire” at 1 p.m., and “High Low Forty” at 1:15 p.m. There will also be two Local Film Showcase blocks, including “Made By or Starring Veterans” at 3:30 p.m. and “Deported Veterans” at 3:45 p.m.
A total of 18 films are scheduled with a variety of stories ranging from women in the military, resiliency and recovery, transitioning from active duty to veteran, and the LGBTQ+ community. One of the films scheduled is “After Fire,” which highlights the challenges faced by three women veterans who candidly confront the fallout of their experiences on their personal lives as they adjust to the civilian world. The film throws a spotlight on the human toll of military service, including military sexual trauma, combat injuries, and bureaucratic dysfunction – telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.
Interviews with filmmakers, military veterans, and experts are available throughout the day. Some of the films featured in the “Local Film Showcase: Made By or Starring Veterans” film block were created by local military veterans.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
WHERE: AMC Mission Valley 20, 1640 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego, CA 92108
BEST TIME TO COVER:
- MORNING / EARLY AFTERNOON – Between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- AFTERNOON – Between 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- Spanish language spokesperson may be available, please call ahead to confirm.
VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:
The filmmakers and/or film subjects for the following screenings are available for interviews:
- “World War II Remembered – Part 2” – Available between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Luis Cruz, co-director, “Pearl Harbor Survivors Relive the Infamous Day,” “USS Pearl Harbor,” “Remembering Pearl Harbor: Mary Lou Mawhiney,” and “Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer” (San Diego resident)
- Mark Kirkland, director, “Bud’s Odyssey”
- Jennifer Kingsbury, granddaughter of Bud Kingsbury and producer on “Bud’s Odyssey”
- Bob Kingsbury, son of Bud Kingsbury and producer on “Bud’s Odyssey”
- Lieutenant Minter Dial, producer and subject, “The Last Ring Home”
- “American Veteran” (West Coast Premiere) – Available between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
- Julie Cohen, film director
- “After Fire” (West Coast Premiere) – Available between 12 noon and 12:45 p.m.
- Brittany Huckabee, film director
- Roberta Castaneda, film subject
- “High Low Forty” (West Coast Premiere) – Available between 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.
- Paddy Quinn, film director
- Kelly Coffey, executive producer
- “Local Film Showcase: Made By or Starring Veterans” (Available between 2:15 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.)
- Tony Olmos, director, “Fletcher & Jenks” (Downtown San Diego resident)
- George Jac, actor, “Fletcher & Jenks” (Mission Valley resident)
- John Brooks Jr., actor, “Black Christmas”
- Austin Lachance, director, “Child’s Play” (West Coast Premiere)
- Ryan Kelly, director, “Refuge” (Ocean Beach resident)
- Jay Jee, actor, “Refuge”
- Adrienne Camille, director, “Call Me Ma’am” (West Coast Premiere)
- David Romero, director, “USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary” (Coronado resident)
- Larry Poole, actor and filmmaker, “Forgotten Hero” and “Once Guilty, Now Innocent, Still Dead”
- “Local Film Showcase: Deported Veterans” – Available between 2:30 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.)
- Mike Seely, director, “Exiled”
- John Kane, co-producer and editor, “Exiled”
- NOTE: “Exiled” screened on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 2 for a small group of Congressmen interested in working on the deported veterans’ issue. The event was organized in part to prepare and inform members, before a delegation made a trip down to the Deported Veterans’ Support House in Tijuana on Friday, Oct. 6.
- Lilia Velasquez, San Diego attorney for Daniel Torres
- Members of GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee will attend and be available for interviews including:
- Bob Lawrence, retired Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, former military reporter
- Staci Reidinger, communications strategist, US Marine Corps
- Jodi Cilley, founder, Film Consortium San Diego
For a complete film festival screening schedule, please visit GIFilmFestivalSD.org.
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.
- Screenings will be presented in themed film blocks so audience members can fully immerse themselves in the festival experience. Theme blocks include:
- World War II Remembered – Part 1 and Part 2
- Local Film Showcase: Made By or Starring Veterans
- Local Film Showcase: Deported Veterans
- Remembering the Vietnam War
- Tour the Festival
- How We Heal
- 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 discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans.
- Sunday, Oct. 22: The film festival concludes at the AMC Mission Valley 20 with the “Remembering the Vietnam War,” “Tour the Festival,” and “How We Heal” film blocks.
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.