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GI Film Festival San Diego 2017

Places Like This

Directed by Nicholas McNaughton

Afganistan, Veteran Filmmaker, Healing / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 9 mins / English

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Plays In:
How We Heal

AMC Mission Valley 20
October 22, 2017 5:45 pm


A group of veterans embark on a six-day winter expedition into the Colorado wilderness. Through the Outward Bound program for veterans, 11 strangers come from all over the country seeking peace, answers, and direction by using the wilderness as a vessel to carry them both spiritually and physically to reach a peak of more than 13,000 feet. Each veteran will take the same path to a different destination in this visually stunning and emotionally charged film.

Director's Bio

Nicholas McNaughton began his unlikely journey to becoming a filmmaker by enlisting as a combat videographer in the United States Air Force. For over a decade he traveled the world telling the stories of the people he met along the way. From California to Afghanistan, over to Europe, down to Africa and back to Afghanistan; always in search of adventure and inspiring stories. Nick is forever grateful for his time in the Air Force and will never forget the friends and mentors that helped mold him into the director he is today. He was selected by senior Air Force leaders to attend film school at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2011 and credits this time in his life as the moment he fell in love with filmmaking. Following an amazing year at Syracuse Nick knew that his time in the Air Force was coming to an end and he began to pursue inspirational documentary work on his own. Nick’s first documentary, “Love Them Well,” is the story of a former drug addict and born again Christian traveling across Atlanta to make a difference in the lives of those most have given up on. “Love Them Well” was showcased at the Clarksdale Film Festival in 2015. His second documentary, “Earned My Spot,” told the amazing and heart-breaking story of NFL Pro Bowl Safety Mike Adams’ long and often tumultuous road from the streets of Paterson, New Jersey to a successful thirteen year career in the NFL. “Earned My Spot” was selected for the Impact Docs Awards in early 2016. Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Nick now lives in Colorado Springs. He continues his pursuit of stories that push him to evolve not only as a storyteller, but also as a human being.


  1. Comedy Bootcamp: The Documentary

    Kendrick Hopkins / Afghanistan, Healing / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 57 mins
    This film follows a class of veteran comedians as they learn to use humor as a way to share their journeys and stories with others. Through the Comedy Bootcamp program, the participants attended weekly classes led by professional stand-up comedians designed to help the individuals of the military community develop their performing and writing skills. With a concluding White House performance, the participants share their stories of resilience, hope, and humor.

    Preceded by: Places Like This

Plays in

  1. How We Heal

    Veterans, Local Film Showcase, Healing
    This pairing of short films shares the unique ways in which veterans heal, grow, and thrive following service.

    In This Program: Places Like This, Comedy Bootcamp: The Documentary

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Dates & Times

Plays In:
How We Heal

AMC Mission Valley 20
October 22, 2017 5:45 pm