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GI Film Festival San Diego 2017

The Colonel

Directed by Tim Williams

Marine, Healing, Vietnam / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 21 mins / English

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


Set in 1969, Marine Colonel Hap Tasker, on the brink of promotion to Brigadier, is told he has a deficient heart that prevents him from future military service. Crestfallen, he turns his disappointment into determination to serve his country by instructing youth in his “time honored values.” Meanwhile, Glen Meadows, a prep school in Fort Worth, battles rebellion, entitlement and bankruptcy. Chuck Holtz, the school’s headmaster, hires the Colonel as athletic director and middle school football coach to unify the school by whipping the kids into shape.

Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Director's Bio

Texas native Tim Williams is an award-winning writer, director and producer of commercials, documentaries and feature shorts. His first job at 13 was picking cantaloupes in the arid fields of Presidio, Texas. Somehow, the heat and heavy lifting of farming would prove a fitting indoctrination to a career in filmmaking. The second of three children of a retired Air Force Captain, Williams was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Fort Worth Country Day School where he was coached and mentored by Lt. Colonel Ralph “C.” (Rocky) Rosacker USMC (Ret.). The Colonel’s instruction proved instrumental, helping Williams excel as a scholar athlete in creative writing, history and football. His success soon attracted offers to play football at Brown, Tulane and Colorado State University.

Williams went on to study literature and business management as well as play football at Colorado State. After an injury sidelined his football career, Williams transferred to the University of Arizona where he earned his B.A. in Journalism and Theater. Following graduation, Williams moved to Los Angeles and quickly earned positions in assorted film productions and acting roles on “Police Academy II,” “Married with Children,” “First and Ten,” and many others. Williams continued to develop his writing and film skills at USC, enrolling in numerous cinema and television courses. In 1988, he returned to Texas to work as a set dresser on Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July.” In the years that followed, Williams worked on national and international projects for many Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to writing and directing the short for “The Colonel,” starring Kevin Durand (“The Strain,” “Fruitvale Station”), Williams holds all rights and has a completed feature-length screenplay of the project. Based on a true story, “The Colonel” is his sixth screenplay. Williams is also writing a multi-episode futuristic drama for television. For the past fifteen years, Tim Williams has owned and operated Thunderbolt Films, Inc., a commercial production company in Dallas where he lives with his wife, Mary and their dog, Dutch. They have four grown children.


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    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: The Colonel

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  2. 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.

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    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.

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Plays In:
Tour the Festival

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