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GI Film Festival San Diego 2017

All Films & Events

An exciting line up of films and events is being put together, including an opening night reception, a family movie night, and awards ceremony.  Click on images below to learn more about films presented in the GI Film Festival San Diego.

 

 


  1. The 2 Sides Project

    Anthony Istrico / History, Vietnam / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 100 mins
    This film captures the emotional and transformative journey of American and Vietnamese sons and daughters—who had all lost fathers fighting on opposite sides during the war—as they hold their first-ever formal meetings.
    Opening Night Screening & Reception Featuring “The 2 Sides Project”

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    October 18, 2017 7:00 pm


  2. After Fire

    Brittany Huckabee / Women, Healing / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 90 mins
    With intimate access to the lives of three women veterans, "After Fire" is an observational documentary that 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.
    After Fire

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 1:00 pm


  3. Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer

    Howard Lipin / Local Film Showcase, WWII, History / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 3 mins
    Betty Tenney of Carlsbad did her part to support the War effort during World War II by joining the Aircraft Warning Service, a group of civilian volunteers. She worked out of secret locations in San Diego.

    Preceded by: Pearl Harbor Survivors Relive the Infamous Day

    Precedes: Bud’s Odyssey, The Last Ring Home, Remembering Pearl Harbor: Mary Lou Mawhiney, USS Pearl Harbor

    Plays In:
    World War II Remembered – Part 2

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 10:50 am


  4. All American

    Michael Ayjian, Stephen Skeel / WWII, History / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 9 mins
    72 years later after D-Day, WWII hero Les Cruise flies again on the same plane - this time his family boarded with him. While he is one of the last surviving D-Day paratroopers, Cruise’s story is not only about his historic jump. It’s also about his familial journey from orphan to great-grandfather.

    Preceded by: Happy, The Rifleman’s Violin

    Precedes: Happy, The Rifleman’s Violin, We Can Do It: Stories of Rosie the Riveter

    Plays In:
    World War II Remembered – Part 1

    Regal Carlsbad 12
    October 19, 2017 5:00 pm


  5. American Veteran

    Julie Cohen / Afghanistan, Healing / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 75 mins
    Army Sergeant Nick Mendes was paralyzed while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Presented in an unflinching, close-up style, the film brings us into Nick’s world as he studies for a real estate license, falls in love, and learns to do everything from posting on Facebook and playing video games to casting a fishing reel with his mouth. The film weaves together Nick’s past and present to show a nuanced portrait of a quadriplegic soldier’s sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic and often surprisingly funny life.
    American Veteran

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 11:00 am


  6. Filmmakers Ken and Betty Rodgers

    Awards Celebration

    Local Film Showcase, Events
    Join us for the awards celebration. Filmmakers featured in the Local Film Showcase will receive awards in multiple categories. Admission includes drinks, appetizers, and entertainment.
    Awards Celebration

    KPBS
    October 21, 2017 7:00 pm


  7. Black Christmas

    Susan Davis / Air Force Veteran, Local Film Showcase / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 6 mins
    A man goes to the store and when he returns to his car, he is accused of attacking a woman.

    Preceded by: Fletcher & Jenks, Forgotten Hero, Once Guilty, Now Innocent, Still Dead

    Precedes: Call Me Ma’am, REFUGE, USO 75th Anniversary

    Plays In:
    Made By or Starring Veterans

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 3:30 pm


  8. Bud’s Odyssey

    Mark Kirkland / WWII, Healing, History / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 26 mins
    On a mission over the Mediterranean, B-17 Pilot Robert “Bud” Kingsbury and his crew are shot down. Kingsbury becomes the sole survivor by swimming 32 hours to the Italian shore, and then spends 20 months in Stalag Luft III. After years of suffering with sole survivor’s guilt and severe PTSD, he finds a road to healing and reconciliation.

    Preceded by: Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer, Pearl Harbor Survivors Relive the Infamous Day

    Precedes: The Last Ring Home, Remembering Pearl Harbor: Mary Lou Mawhiney, USS Pearl Harbor

    Plays In:
    World War II Remembered – Part 2

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 10:50 am


  9. Call Me Ma’am

    Adrienne Camille / Veteran Filmmaker, Navy, Women / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 4 mins
    Based on a true story, “Call Me Ma’am” is a visual expression of what it was like to be a new Navy officer from a woman’s point of view. When she first shows up, she’s lost and not welcomed by her subordinates or superiors. Through hard work and dedication, she gains the respect of her crew but must still go to head to head with the tyrant that runs the department. She succeeds at taking over the department and wins his respect as well.

    Preceded by: Black Christmas, Fletcher & Jenks, Forgotten Hero, Once Guilty, Now Innocent, Still Dead, REFUGE

    Plays In:
    Made By or Starring Veterans

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 3:30 pm


  10. Charlie & Sam

    Ben Powell / WWII, History / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 15 mins
    In 2016, fewer than 5% of American World War II veterans remain alive. Follow 97 year-old Word War II Naval Aviator Charlie Edwards as he travels to meet his old squadronmate Sam Takis for the first time since the end of the war.

    Preceded by: Child’s Play, The Colonel, Gary Sinise: Always Do A Little More, USO 75th Anniversary

    Precedes: Gary Sinise: Always Do A Little More, USO 75th Anniversary