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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018

Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero

Directed by Richard Lanni

Animation, World War I, Bridging Generations, Family / USA / 2018 / narrative / 84 mins / English / San Diego Premiere

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Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero

UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 30, 2018 1:30 pm


Army Pvt. Robert Conroy is adopted by a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France during World War I and on the path to history. French soldier Gaston Baptiste befriends the duo and accompanies them on their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage. The film celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I and the first official Veterans Day. Rated PG.


GI Film Festival San Diego Nomination

Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military



Director's Bio

Richard Lanni is a historical filmmaker, having produced, written, and directed for cinema, television, and home media. He is the director, co-writer, and executive producer of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and CEO of Fun Academy. After a successful career in business, Richard followed his passion to film school with a goal of making fun, engaging, educational media for mass markets. In 2009, Richard founded Fun Academy Media Group, Ltd. (formerly Labyrinth Media & Publishing) and operates from his homes in Cork, Ireland and Normandy, France, with U.S. production and distribution offices in Los Angeles, California and Columbus, Georgia. Prior to Fun Academy, Richard found success in documentary production. His 2010 series The American Road to Victory tells the story of three key engagements in the European theater of World War II – D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge – from the perspective of the G.I.s who fought to end Nazi tyranny. Lanni is also an accomplished battlefield tour guide as well as a media production partner with the National Infantry Museum Foundation at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Preceded By

  1. My Voice, My American

    Students at Stuart Mesa School / Families in Service, Student Film, Post 9/11, Local Film Showcase / USA / 2017 / documentary / 3 mins
    First graders read from books that they wrote about a great American that they know - their military parents.

    Precedes: Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero

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Dates & Times

Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero

UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 30, 2018 1:30 pm