WHAT: Hundreds of San Diego families to attend a movie night under the stars and on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. Pre-movie entertainment hosted by comedian, actor, and former naval officer Jamie Kaler. Guests can meet one of the dogs who played “Max” in the movie and screenwriter Sheldon Lettich. Local therapy and service dogs expected to attend. This is the only family-friendly event of the entire festival.
ABOUT THE FILM:
“Max” is precision-trained military dog and serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. “Max” stars Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank and Lauren Graham. Rated PG.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
BEST TIME TO COVER:
- Arrivals: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
- “Max” at step and repeat on flight deck at 6:30 p.m.
- Pre-Show Entertainment: 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: USS Midway Museum, 910 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:
- Canine star Jagger (aka “Max”)
- Entertainer, comedian, and former naval officer Jamie Kaler
- Laura Law-Millet, founder, GI Film Group
- Sheldon Lettich, “Max” screenwriter, former military (USMC)
- Local service and therapy dogs on flight deck
- Step and repeat on flight deck
ABOUT THE GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO:
- The GI Film Festival, hosted annually in Washington DC, makes its first trip to San Diego and will feature a variety of films for, about, and by service men and women.
- 35 films, 15 events, and one career and resource fair are planned during the festival (Oct. 13-18, 2015) at various venues throughout San Diego.
- The festival aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of the military through compelling and authentic storytelling.
- Film series within the festival includes “Triumphs & Tribulations,” “Women in Military,” and “Reality vs. Fiction.”
- Filmmakers, subjects, and experts are scheduled to attend. Filmmaker Q&A and panel discussions follow most screenings.
- Saturday, Oct. 17: A free career fair and workshop sessions for military and veterans looking to break into the entertainment industry. Barracks 17 at NTC Liberty Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 18: Local Film Showcase series featuring San Diego area filmmakers, locations, and people caps an exciting line-up of films from all over the world. Screenings held at UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center beginning at 12 noon.
- Sunday, Oct. 18: A closing night celebration and awards ceremony where top honors are bestowed to four local films will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley at Hazard Center at 6 p.m. An “Audience Choice” award will also be announced.
- Many of the events are open to the public with discounted opportunities for active duty military personnel and veterans.
- Tickets for individual screenings start at $10. All access passes are $85. Military and veteran discounts apply.
- Visit http://www.GIFilmFestivalSD.org for details and to purchase tickets.
The GI Film Festival San Diego is sponsored by Qualcomm Inc., GEICO, Lewis University, and National City Mile of Cars with additional support provided by Scatena Daniels Communications. The festival is presented by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and the Film Consortium San Diego.