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XVII Carvings

Directed by Manny Marquez, Jesse Larvick

A Marine Corps veteran, Anthony Marquez, is on a quest to create a memorial for the 17 fellow Marines that his unit lost in Afghanistan. Anthony is doing this by carving with chainsaws a “Battlefield Cross” for every Gold Star family affected by that loss. He then hand delivers the carvings to the families. To some, this may just be folk art…to Anthony it’s his new mission in life, to honor the fallen.


Manny Marquez is a filmmaker that lives in Hood River, OR with his wife and four children. He directs short-form documentaries for an array of clients ranging from pharmaceutical companies, financial firms, breweries, and beyond. Manny also directs broadcast commercials and music videos. His feature film “PsychoPath,” was released in 2014, and premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Manny’s short film “Operation Allie,” was runner up at the Big Sky Documentary Festival and was also featured in the GI Film Festival, and the GI Film Festival San Diego. He’s currently in pre-production for his next feature.

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Doc Block: True Stories of Survival and Heroism

This selection of shorts includes documentaries spanning from the Civil War to present day conflicts.

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