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GI Film Festival San Diego 2017

Charlie & Sam

Directed by Ben Powell

WWII, History / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 15 mins / English / West Coast Premiere

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AMC Mission Valley 20
October 22, 2017 3:30 pm


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.

Director's Bio

Ben hails from a musical background with a degree in music from James Madison University. As such, he brings the artistic qualities, musical pacing, and meaningful engagement from that discipline and applies it to all the work he produces. Ben primarily produces corporate commercial and branding videos. Charlie & Sam is his first film.


  1. Gary Sinise: Always Do A Little More

    Kip Perry / Service, Vietnam / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 55 mins
    Long before his role as Lieutenant Dan in “Forrest Gump,” Gary Sinise had developed a passion for the men and women who step into harm’s way to secure the freedom we enjoy as Americans. This film takes a look at the origins of Sinise’s commitment to the U.S. military, veterans, first responders, and their families, and his unwavering dedication to serve and support them at every opportunity.

    Preceded by: Charlie & Sam, The Colonel

Plays in

  1. Tour the Festival

    Local Film Showcase, Service, WWII, History, Vietnam
    This collection of short films gives you a sense of the depth and breadth of what the festival offers.

    In This Program: The Colonel, Charlie & Sam, Gary Sinise: Always Do A Little More

Preceded By

  1. The Colonel

    Tim Williams / Marine, Healing, Vietnam / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 21 mins
    In 1969, Marine Colonel Hap Tasker is told he has a deficient heart that prevents him from future military service. He turns his disappointment into determination to sedrve his country by instructing youth in his “time honored values.” Meanwhile, Glen Meadows, a prep school in Fort Worth, battles rebellion, entitlement and bankruptcy. The school’s headmaster hires the Colonel as the athletic director and middle school football coach to unify the school by whipping the kids into shape.

    Precedes: Charlie & Sam, Gary Sinise: Always Do A Little More

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Dates & Times

Plays In:
Tour the Festival

AMC Mission Valley 20
October 22, 2017 3:30 pm