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GI Film Festival San Diego

American Umpire

Directed by James Shelley

Local Film Showcase Selection / USA / 2016 / documentary / 57 mins / English

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Plays In:
Facing Crisis

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center
September 17, 2016 4:00 pm


Of all military personnel around the world who are stationed outside their home countries, 95 percent are American citizens. Their job is difficult, unpredictable, and often thankless. The statistics have been this way since the last half of the 20th century. “American Umpire” explores how the U.S. took on this role in the first place, interviewing different field experts on its toll on the economy and foreign defense. The film opens up a national discussion about the foreign policy of the United States in an important election year to potentially redefine our national vision.

This film received the Local Film Showcase Best Documentary Short award.


Director's Bio

James Shelley (Director and Producer) is the owner of Shell Studios, LLC, a San Diego based production company that specializes in award winning documentaries and corporate films. After retiring from a 35 year corporate career, Jim is now pursuing his lifelong passion. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, University of California San Diego’s video production program and is pursuing an MFA in Film at San Diego State University. American Umpire is his PBS and broadcast debut.

Plays in

  1. Still image from film "Year of the Tiger." Photo courtesy of 10th Mountain Films.

    Facing Crisis

    Different stories, one topic: foreign policy.

    In This Program: The Year Of The Tiger – JFK 1962, American Umpire

Preceded By

  1. The Year Of The Tiger – JFK 1962

    Joe Looby / History / USA / 2015 / documentary / 33 mins
    During the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy has to decide whether to put millions of Americans at risk and assist millions of people trapped 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain.

    Precedes: American Umpire

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Plays In:
Facing Crisis

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center
September 17, 2016 4:00 pm


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