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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018

The Dark Resurgence

Directed by Michael McCumber

Marines, Made By or Starring Military Members or Veterans, Local Film Showcase / USA / 2018 / narrative / 12 mins / English / San Diego Premiere

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Plays In:
Selected Shorts and Local Films

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


In this “Star Wars” fan film, an old Sith Empire emerged from the shadows to seize control of the galaxy.


Filmmaker Michael McCumber (aka, “Mike the Marine”) is scheduled to attend.


GI Film Festival San Diego Nomination

Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military


GI Film Festival San Diego – Local Film Showcase Nomination

Best Actor: Christopher Szabo

Best Actress: Kayla Sweet

Best Student Film

Local Choice Award

Director's Bio

As a child, Michael told his parents that he wanted to make movies. He dreamt of bringing his imagination to life just like the films he loved did. They inspired him to reach for the stars and eventually, learn filmmaking too. In middle school, Michael started to videotape friends and family in short skits. Since he didn’t have a lavish post-production studio, he taught himself the process of editing footage and incorporating visual effects on an old computer. He continued to make short films into high school until he decided to serve his country and join the Marine Corps. Due to his military schedule and pursuing higher education, he was unable to pursue filmmaking like he dreamed of doing. When he left the service, he decided it was now or never. He dove in. When “The Force Awakens” was released, he embarked on a mission to make a Star Wars fan film. Utilizing his military experience, Michael recruited a team of talented cast and crew members and led them to make something that seemed impossible. Michael is currently in work on an epic sequel to “The Dark Resurgence”.

Plays in

  1. Selected Shorts and Local Films

    Families in Service, Healing, Latinx, Marines, Student Film, Post 9/11, Local Film Showcase
    Many of the films in this collection feature San Diego area filmmakers, events, people, or places.

    In This Program: Hotflakes, Satellite Drop, The Dark Resurgence, Safe with Me, G.I. José, Lion in a Box, Popcorn & Chocolate, Let It Go

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Dates & Times

Plays In:
Selected Shorts and Local Films

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