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GI Film Festival San Diego 2017


  1. 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. Filmmaker and film subject scheduled to attend.
    After Fire

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

  2. 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. Filmmaker scheduled to attend.
    American Veteran

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

    Plays In:
    Tour the Festival

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

  5. 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:
    How We Heal

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

  6. High Low Forty

    Paddy Quinn / Army, LGTBQ, Healing / USA / 2017 / Narrative / 80 mins
    Long estranged brothers reconnect during a road-trip home to say goodbye to their hardened father on his deathbed.
    High Low Forty

    AMC Mission Valley 20
    October 21, 2017 1:15 pm

  7. 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

    How We Heal

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

  8. Places Like This

    Nicholas McNaughton / Afganistan, Veteran Filmmaker, Healing / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 9 mins
    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.

    Precedes: Comedy Bootcamp: The Documentary

    Plays In:
    How We Heal

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

  9. Thank You for Your Service

    Jason Hall / Veterans, Iraq, Events, Army, Afghanistan, Healing / USA / 2017 / Narrative / 108 mins
    "Thank You for Your Service" follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. From DreamWorks Pictures’, this film stars an ensemble cast led by Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel. This film is rated R (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity.
    Preview Screening: Thank You For Your Service

    Regal Carlsbad 12
    October 19, 2017 7:30 pm

  10. USO San Diego 75 Year Pic 7

    USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary

    David Romero / Local Film Showcase, Healing, History / USA / 2016/2017 / Documentary / 6 mins
    USO San Diego has two main locations that help our military personnel feel at home when they are away. With the help of countless volunteers, they have been helping to serve our military community for much of the USO's history. The San Diego Airport location has been awarded top honors in the nation and has been widely recognized as the model station for our service people.

    Preceded by: Black Christmas, Call Me Ma’am, Child’s Play, Fletcher & Jenks, Forgotten Hero, Once Guilty, Now Innocent, Still Dead, Refuge

    Plays In:
    Local Film Showcase: Made By or Starring Veterans

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