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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018

Thud Pilots

Directed by Mark Vizcarra

Local Film Showcase, Vietnam War / USA / 2018 / documentary / 84 mins / English / World Premiere

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Thud Pilots with The Flashback

Museum of Photographic Arts
September 26, 2018 7:15 pm


No war in American history is more misunderstood than what took place over the bloody skies of North Vietnam in the 1960s. Thud Pilots is the untold story of the men who flew the F-105 THUD over the deadly skies of North Vietnam.


Filmmaker Mark Vizcarra is scheduled to attend.


GI Film Festival San Diego – Local Film Showcase Award
Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military


Director's Bio

Mark Vizcarra is an award-winning writer and director who entered the film industry after 29 years of service to the United States Navy. He spent nearly two decades flying the world’s most sophisticated fighters, accumulating over 2,500 hours and landing aboard nine different aircraft carriers. Vizcarra writes, produces, and directs films using his unique and complex skills he acquired as a career Officer, Navy fighter pilot, and LA Film School graduate. His training and experience bring a different perspective to creative filmmaking, especially in the historical genre.

Preceded By

  1. The Flashback

    Alex Bartz / Vietnam War, Bridging Generations / USA / 2018 / narrative / 7 mins
    Frank Barnes is a Vietnam Combat Veteran, suffering from PTSD. When his grandson comes to stay, he doesn’t know how to react to the terrifying screams that sometimes emanate from Frank’s rooms at night, as he relives the terror of war in his nightmares. His grandson also doesn’t understand why Frank hasn’t just “moved on” from an event that took place half a century ago. It’s the anniversary of the battle that took Frank’s best friend’s life and he is finally going to fulfill a promise he made to “Bill” 50 years ago.

    Precedes: Thud Pilots

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Dates & Times

Thud Pilots with The Flashback

Museum of Photographic Arts
September 26, 2018 7:15 pm