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GI Film Festival San Diego

The Light Once Captured

Directed by Ryan P. Kelly

Local Film Showcase Selection / USA / 2013 / narrative / 6 mins / English

Plays In:
Local Film Showcase

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center
September 18, 2016 1:00 pm Sold Out


A young man in search of a camera stumbles upon a memory from the past and is given a glimpse of history. When presented with the chance to learn about a camera that still brings fond memories to the owners mind, he chooses to seek out the action and adventure of war, only to come face to face with the intense reality.

This film was one of the first directed and shot by Ryan Kelly. It holds a special place as it was only possible due to the graciousness of friends and family. None of the actors , crew or musicians were professionals. The “actors” included a lawyer, a professional poker player, a Navy EOD diver, a fireman, a financial manager and a process server. No film school, no budget and no limits to our creativity.

The submarine portion of the film was done on location at the USS DOLPHIN which is part of the San Diego Maritime Museum.

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

Director's Bio

Ryan Kelly is a local San Diego film maker and US Navy Veteran. He began making short films 4 years ago and The Light Once Captured is one of his first films and since then he has directed and done cinematography on several more. Ryan was the winner of the 2015 San Diego Film Award for Cinematography for his work on the short film “The Reunion”.

Plays in

  1. Veteran in Washington D.C. visiting the veterans memorials. Photo courtesy of Travis Weger.

    Local Film Showcase

    Local Film Showcase
    The Local Film Showcase demonstrates a commitment to San Diego’s local military community. The films featured in the showcase are by filmmakers who serve, or have served in the U.S. military from San Diego or Imperial Counties.

    In This Program: Honor Flight: The Ride of a Lifetime, The Flying Greek, Living History: Our Hometown Hero, The Light Once Captured, A Return to the End

Preceded By

  1. A Return to the End

    Pat Clark / Local Film Showcase Selection / USA / 2015 / documentary / 56 mins
    A Return to the End follows a small group of U.S. Marines as they return to Vietnam 40 years after their dramatic exit from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Set against the backdrop of Vietnam’s 40th reunification anniversary celebration, this story highlights the remnants of war and the efforts made to remember those who did not return.

    Preceded by: Living History: Our Hometown Hero

    Precedes: The Light Once Captured

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Plays In:
Local Film Showcase

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center
September 18, 2016 1:00 pm Sold Out


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