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Opening Night featuring Take Me Home Huey

Directed by Alicia Brauns, Christine Steele, Steve Maloney
Admission to the opening night screening includes a hosted reception with wine, beer, small bites, and dessert following the film and panel discussion in the museum’s David C. Copley Atrium.



Join GIFFSD on Opening Night for “Take Me Home Huey”. The film documents contemporary artist Steve Maloney’s transformation of a wounded warbird, into a colorful sculpture. As the battered helicopter becomes whole, stories of Vietnam veterans and their families parallel the healing journey of Huey #174, and viewers begin to understand what veterans must face finding relief from trauma sustained during the war. When the surviving crew of #174 is finally reunited with their helicopter, the Huey is no longer a combat gunship or air ambulance but has taken on a new life as an ambassador of healing, encouraging dialogue between surviving soldiers and their families working to heal old war wounds.



Alicia H. Brauns – Writer/Director/Producer/Editor
Alicia created an award-winning documentary on hummingbirds entitled Hummingbird Magic, following the life, survival, and symbolism of the world’s smallest birds. Her work producing, directing and editing Take Me Home Huey, won her an Emmy for Arts as Producer from the 2018 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. In 2018, Alicia won a Telly Award as Producer of Take Me Home Huey for TV social responsibility. Alicia is currently producing and directing The Mosaic of Life, an uplifting and inspiring documentary revealing the remarkable story of Dr. Jack Brauns, who lived by the unique philosophy that turned the utter blackness of the Holocaust into a positive life full of color. Alicia is also commencing development for It’s a Wonderful Pink Life, the captivating story of Art Leonardi, prolific animator and Director of The Pink Panther cartoons. Alicia’s mission is to produce educational entertainment for all ages, dedicated to inspiring audiences to make the world a better place. Alicia is a visionary independent filmmaker who produces content that benefits humankind and our planet.

Christine Steele – Writer / Director / Producer / Editor
Emmy Award-Winning Director and Producer Christine Steele crafts stellar content and supervises production and post-production at Steele Pictures Studios, Inc. in Los Angeles. Christine has worked across genres at companies including Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Paramount, Warner, Showtime, Frontline, Electronic Arts, VH1, BBC, and PBS. Christine is an Adobe Certified Master Instructor and provides story and workflow consulting for clients all over the world.

Steve Maloney – Executive Producer/ Project Creator
Artist Steve Maloney created the Take Me Home Huey project which initially started with the concept to create a helicopter art sculpture. Once he started the art project organically one thing turned into another. Steve met Alicia who was a filmmaker from LA and as they talked about the project the idea for the film was born. Steve brough Alicia Brauns and her friend Christine Steele, two experienced power women on board to produce the documentary film.

Dates & Times


Museum of Photographic Arts

Tue, Sep 24
7:00 pm