MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego’s Only Military Film Festival Offers Full Day of Workshops for Aspiring Filmmakers, Screenings, and Q&A Filmmaker Talks

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego’s Only Military Film Festival Offers Full Day of Workshops for Aspiring Filmmakers, Screenings, and Q&A Filmmaker Talks
October, 2015 Client News
WHAT: Day Five of GI Film Festival San Diego begins with a free career and resource fair featuring area businesses and organizations in education, media, technology and the entertainment industry along with workshops on storytelling and veterans in entertainment presented by industry experts and veterans.

Evening screenings begin at 5 p.m. at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center featuring stories of courage, recovery and intimacy. Stories include a bilateral amputee that bikes across the country to raise money for veteran charities; two USMC veterans who ride their motorcycles around the U.S. to raise awareness about veteran suicide; and an honest look at a military wife coping with her wounded husband’s return from combat.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Barracks 17 NTC Liberty Station, 2710 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106 – Cross Streets are Historic Decatur and Dewey Roads AND UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92108

BEST TIME TO COVER:

  • MORNING – Liberty Station: Between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • EVENING – UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center: 45 minutes prior to each screening for arrivals and interviews: 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (for 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. screenings); 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (for 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. screenings)

VISUALS AND SPOKESPERSONS:

  • Brandon Millet, founder, GI Film Group
  • Sheldon Lettich, screenwriter for “Max,” former military (USMC)
  • Aaron Carew, writer/producer, former military (Army), advisory council member of Veterans in Film & Television
  • Jay Jee, San Diego area actor, former military (USMC), GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee member
  • Robert Hamm, director/editor/producer, former military (Army), member of Veterans in Film & Television
  • Alison Gill, San Diego area comedian/actress, former military (Navy), member of Veterans in Film and Television, GI Film Festival San Diego advisory committee member
  • Jamie Kaler, entertainer, comedian, and former military (Navy)
  • Individuals who aspire to work in entertainment industry attending career fair
  • Rob Jones, wounded veteran (USMC), subject in “Climb: the Rob Jones Journey Story” (5 p.m. screening)
  • Rosie Guthrie, producer “Craft in America-Service” (5 p.m. screening)
  • Jan Selby, director “Beyond the Divide” (5:30 p.m. screening)
  • Dan Gallagher, Vietnam veteran (Army), featured in “Beyond the Divide” (5:30 p.m. screening)
  • Daniel J. Egbert & Doc King, filmmakers, “Project 22” (screening at 7:45 p.m.) – story that tackles why 22 veterans commit suicide everyday in the U.S.
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.
  • 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.