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Directed by King Jaquell Martin, Deante Gray

“A WAR ON FRIENDLY GROUNDS” is the grim retelling of the true story of Sgt. Carlos Martin, a veteran who experiences a violent encounter with the police after serving his country.

Nominations: Best Student Film; Best Film Starring Military or Veterans

About the Filmmaker

King Jaquell Martin is a native of Benton Harbor, MI. In high school he was athletically astute and excelled in every area of sports.  King enlisted in the United States Army with a passion to serve his country and make a better life for himself and his family.  Being a high achiever, he moved up the ranks to sergeant and held his position until an unforeseen and challenging incident brought him face to face with age old discrimination born of ignorance and racial hatred.  This experience inspired him to write his freshman biography, A War on Friendly Grounds.

Currently, King is pursuing a career in filmmaking as a director at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, CA.  As an author, he wants A War on Friendly Grounds to be a welcoming bridge between the public and police department.


Plays in

Shorts Block | Drama Night

Shorts Block | Drama Night

Personal experience, sci fi, and combat stories are explored in this drama block.

Dates & Times


GIFFSD Website

Fri, May 21
8:30 pm