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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018

All Films & Events

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

 

 


  1. Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas

    Stephen Low / Local Film Showcase, Navy / USA / 2017 / documentary / 42 mins
    A 21st century engineering marvel, the aircraft carrier is the maritime flagship of our time. Find yourself aboard the carrier alongside 5000 skilled sea and air personnel conducting flight operations in the midst of the simulated war exercises at RIMPAC.
    Plays In:
    Film Block: Stories from the Seas

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    September 28, 2018 4:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. American

    Richie Adams / Nisei Experience, WWII / USA / 2018 / narrative / 18 mins
    A 94-year-old veteran who works as a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum encounters a mother and her daughter, triggering events that happened in his past, including his time as a young man in a Japanese American Internment Camp and later serving with the 442 in WWII. Stars George Takei, Leonardo Nam, Rachel Michiko Whitney, Keong Sim, and Ivan Shaw.

    Precedes: The Registry

    Plays In:
    Opening Night Screening & Reception

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    September 25, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. Larry Poole

    Awards Celebration

    Made By or Starring Military Members or Veterans, Student Film, Events
    Join us for the awards celebration. Filmmakers featured will receive awards in multiple categories. Admission includes drinks, appetizers, and entertainment from the American Flyboys. Comedian and former Navy Officer Jamie Kaler hosts.
    Awards Celebration

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego
    September 29, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. Black Jack Pershing: Love and War

    Bernard McCoy / World War I / USA / 2017 / documentary / 57 mins
    Drawn from personal papers, archival photographs, and film, the award-winning documentary "Black Jack Pershing: Love and War" tells the story of General John J. Pershing’s military career and his personal life, including tragedies seldom examined. When America entered WWI in April of 1917, its military was hardly prepared for war.

    Preceded by: The Hello Girls: The Story of America’s First Female Soldiers

    Plays In:
    Film Block: Honoring WWI

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    September 27, 2018 4:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. Brooklyn in July

    Bob Celli and Laura Delano / African American Experience, WWII / USA / 2017 / narrative / 21 mins
    "Brooklyn in July" is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of a better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind.

    Preceded by: Code of Honor: One Soldier’s Stand for Equality

    Precedes: Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded

    Plays In:
    Film Block: Fight for Equality

    UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
    September 30, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. Code of Honor: One Soldier’s Stand for Equality

    Aiden Keltner / African American Experience, Marines, Student Film, Local Film Showcase, WWII / USA / 2018 / documentary / 12 mins
    A U.S. Marine Corps veteran tells the story of his experience participating in the integration of African Americans into the Marine Corps.

    Precedes: Brooklyn in July, Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded

    Plays In:
    Film Block: Fight for Equality

    UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
    September 30, 2018 12:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. Coming Out to Grandma

    Jason Zuidema / Student Film, LGBTQ+, Local Film Showcase / USA / 2017 / narrative / 8 mins
    Charlie has an awkward time coming out of the closet to his Ellen-hating, Fox News-watching grandma, who has dementia

    Precedes: From Baghdad to The Bay

    Precedes:
    From Baghdad to the Bay

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    September 28, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. The Dark Resurgence

    Michael McCumber / Marines, Made By or Starring Military Members or Veterans, Local Film Showcase / USA / 2018 / narrative / 12 mins
    In this "Star Wars" fan film, an old Sith Empire emerged from the shadows to seize control of the galaxy.
    Plays In:
    Selected Shorts and Local Films

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    September 28, 2018 8:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. Do No Harm

    Marielle Woods / Post 9/11 / USA / 2017 / narrative / 8 mins
    A combat medic attempts to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself.

    Precedes: Trauma

    Precedes:
    Trauma

    UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
    September 30, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. Family Movie Night featuring “Black Panther”

    Ryan Coogler / Adventure, Events, Family / USA / 2018 / family / 135 mins
    **This event is passed and tickets are no longer available.** Enjoy the 2018 Marvel hit, "Black Panther" aboard the USS Midway Museum. Come early for music, food and fun. Explore resources and information from our festival partners, grab a bite at the concessions, and pose for the camera at the red carpet. Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country's natural resources to fund an uprising. Rated PG-13. Boarding will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.
    Family Movie Night featuring Black Panther

    USS Midway Museum
    August 24, 2018 6:30 pm