The military film festival begins on May 17
The directory San Diego G.I. Film Festival returns to the big screen from May 17. Hosted at the Museum of Photographic Arts, GI Film Festival San Diego is the only military-themed film festival produced and hosted in San Diego, home to one of the largest military and veteran populations in the nation. .
Festival organizers prepare for the event with exceptional films, meaningful dialogues and special events for, by and about service members and veterans. The programming brings to life the beautiful, complex stories of service members and their families. Each film challenges notions of what it means to serve, moving beyond one-dimensional depictions of veterans, service members, caregivers and families; and provides a platform for service members-turned-filmmakers to showcase their creative stories on the big screen.
First Person Service Stories
Thursday, May 19 features films that highlight the individual experiences of service members in Vietnam and after the 9/11 conflicts. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the West Coast premiere of “Walk With Frank.” The 79-minute film documents a former Vietnamese infantry soldier as he celebrates his 70th birthday by crossing New York State with a message of hope and healing for those struggling with post-traumatic stress.
Also premiering on the West Coast is “HERE. IS. BETTER.” Showing at 7:15 p.m. on May 19, the film portrays veterans as they navigate post-traumatic stress management. Veterans featured in the film include former presidential hopeful Jason Kander, who shocked many when he quit the 2018 Kansas City mayoral race for medical treatment; a Vietnam War veteran still haunted by events that happened more than 50 years ago; and the voices of so often overlooked female veterans, all searching for the keys to unlock their places of suffering and pain.
In addition to these documentaries, this year’s five-day event will feature dramas, comedies, feature films, short films and a psychological thriller. Attendees can also enjoy engaging post-screening discussions with filmmakers, film subjects, actors, and subject matter experts. The festival culminates with the festival awards ceremony on Saturday, May 21, with Los Angeles-based comedian, musician, broadcaster, military veteran and advocate Thom Tran as host of the event.
The ticket office is now open at GIFilmFestivalSD.org. Buy your tickets now and live an unforgettable experience at a film festival like no other.