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GI Film Festival San Diego Plans Special Preview Screening of ‘Storks’ For Popular Family Movie Night Event

SAN DIEGO, CA – Aug. 18, 2016 – Organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego, presented by Sullivan Solar Power, have selected the new Warner Bros. Pictures animated adventure “Storks” for their upcoming Family Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. This is a special preview screening, as the film will be officially released nationwide in theatres on Sept. 23. The Family Movie Night event during the GI Film Festival San Diego is designed to celebrate military families and provide a fun evening out after a busy week. Attendees will also enjoy hosted popcorn and bottled drink. This is the only family related event for the festival this year. “Storks” will be shown at three different times on Sept. 16: 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to this special preview screening of “Storks” will be available to the public on the GI Film Festival San Diego website at  Festival organizers are also working with partner organizations to provide complimentary tickets to local military families.



Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. The company’s top delivery stork accidentally activates the Baby Factory, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. A race to make his first-ever baby drop results in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world. This animated film stars Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Danny Trejo.



GI Film Festival San Diego, presented by Sullivan Solar Power, is Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, and features 28 films for, about, and by service men and women and brings the stories of America’s military to life through film. Film screenings and related events will be presented at various locations throughout San Diego County. The films come from around the United States as well as here in San Diego and range from feature length films to shorts, which gives the audience an opportunity to view a variety of stories in a short amount of time. They are presented within themed blocks so audience members can fully immerse themselves in the festival experience.


Out of the 28 films selected at GI Film Festival San Diego, 16 were presented at the GI Film Festival held in Washington DC in May 2016, including several “Best of Fest” winners. An animated short, “Tom’s War,” enjoys its world premiere at the festival, while another nine films will be presented on the West Coast for the very first time. Another nine films were selected for the Local Film Showcase. Featuring a variety of stories, these selections will be presented over the course of the festival with a majority of these local films shown on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center.


Throughout the five-day festival, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite films to receive the “Audience Choice Award” at the Closing Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Many of the events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty military personnel and veterans. All Access Passes for entry into all festival events and screenings are just $85 each and are available through the GI Film Festival San Diego website at General admission tickets for select screenings and events are also on sale.


The GI Film Festival San Diego is presented by Sullivan Solar Power. Additional festival sponsors are National City Mile of Cars and Scatena Daniels Communications with support provided by a grant from The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and the Film Consortium San Diego.


A complete screening and event schedule follows. Schedule is subject to change.


About GI Film Group

The GI Film Group is a full service media company dedicated to preserving the stories of military veterans. GIFG is the production entity behind the award-winning GI Film Festival (GIFF), a 501c(3), also known as “Sundance for the Troops,” which is held each May in Washington, DC. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film.


About Film Consortium San Diego

The Film Consortium San Diego LLC is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media. The Film Consortium holds the Fall Film Festival, San Diego Film Awards, Winter Film Showcase, Summer at the Drive-in and various other screening and networking events.


About KPBS

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving over one million audience members weekly across TV, radio (89.5 FM and 97.7 FM Calexico), and the web with content that is educational as well as entertaining—and free of commercial interruption.