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Drama Block: Not Your Everyday Story


This selection of shorts includes projects that are made by or star military or veterans. Local films are also featured. Discussion with filmmakers, actors, and/or experts follow screening. Join our panel, hosts, and festival staff in the museum’s atrium for hosted reception, socializing, and photo ops at the red carpet.

In this program

#3 Normandy Lane

Directed by Brenda Strong

Army wife and young mother Sarah Winston’s life is inextricably altered when a series of visitors arrive on her doorstep.

A Rodeo Film

Directed by Darius Dawson

A bull rider who falls out of love with the sport must choose between his family’s legacy of rodeo and his own aspirations of life.

The Man I Want to Be

Directed by Devin Scott

The Man I Want to Be tells the story of a boy (Billy Nichols) growing up in the ’70s and being different. He’s gay. His father, Lieutenant Colonel Nichols, is one of the most decorated fighter pilots of the Vietnam conflict and a strict, masculine role model. This very personal story of fear and bravery shines a light on what it means to be a man.

Last Taxi Dance

Directed by Brayden Yoder

In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. But when his dance tickets run out, she is left with a harsh choice – for when the dancing stops, this man will die.


Directed by Andrew Brame

Near his campsite under a bridge, Kenny makes a discovery that changes his lonely existence and must work to create a space in the world for his new life.

The Real Thing

Directed by Brandon Kelley

A soldier returns home to meet his daughter, who transitioned while he was on tour.

This One Step

Directed by The RAY SISTERS

A young Texan veteran and his wife must re-learn the rhythm of their relationship, complicated by lingering PTSD.


Directed by Benjamin Howard

In the early sixties, a sexually conflicted teenager finds faith and acceptance after escaping the tortures of electrotherapeutic conversion therapy.

Dates & Times


Museum of Photographic Arts

Fri, Sep 27
6:15 pm