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Official Local Film Showcase Selections for the 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego

Official Local Film Showcase Selections for the 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego
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Aircraft Warning Service Volunteer – Betty Tenney, 97, was a 21-year- old housewife in San Diego working as a volunteer in the Army Air Corps, Volunteer Aircraft Warning Service, 4th Interceptor Command, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Documentary / Dirs. Howard Lipin and Luis Cruz / 2017 / Three minutes / Local Film Showcase /Filmmakers scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 10:50 a.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Black Christmas – When a man goes to the store and returns to his car, a woman accuses him of attacking her. An angry mob forms and he must try to convince them that he is innocent.

Narrative / Dir. Susan Davis / 2016 / Six minutes / San Diego Premiere / Local Film Showcase / Filmmaker scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Deported Veterans of America: Daniel Torres – When he was 21 Daniel Torres was recruited to the Marines - but in order to enlist he had to lie: he said that he as American when he wasn't. After a seven months deployment in Afghanistan he volunteered for another tour in Iraq. But when the truth about his legal status came to light, he was discharged and became undocumented again. This is his personal story of he was able to get his US citizenship on the basis of his military record.

Documentary / Dir. Nuno Pinto / 2017 / Six minutes / Local Film Showcase / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:45 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Exiled –Two military veterans, both green card immigrants willing to die for their country, find themselves deported and are now fighting to be heard. Stuck in Mexico, Army combat veteran Mauricio Hernandez struggles to find adequate treatment for his severe PTSD, while former paratrooper Hector Barajas fights to reunite with his daughter in Los Angeles, and raise awareness about deported veterans.  This film is a persuasive and intimate look at the human consequences of current U.S. immigration policy.

Documentary / Dir. Mike Seely / 30 minutes / Local Film Showcase / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:45 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Fletcher & Jenks – When a long time detective is partnered up with a rookie, they begin to piece together clues to a serial murderer. However, the culprit they are chasing turn out to besomeone close to the case.

Narrative / Dir. Tony Olmos / 2016 / Seven minutes / World Premiere / Local Film Showcase / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Forgotten Hero – As the Korean War raged, Russia was not only supporting, but secretly fighting against the U.S. during this armed conflict with two superpowers at the brink of a nuclear World War III. One Navy pilot, despite being outnumbered, took on seven superior Russian fighters. He not only won, but was ordered to keep it secret for over 60 years.

Narrative/ Dir. Mark Vizcarra / 2017 / 19 minutes / World Premiere / Local Film Showcase / Sat., Oct. 21
at 3:30 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Once Guilty, Now Innocent, Still Dead – When a fourteen-year old boy is shot in the back in Wyoming in 1902, the community is outraged and demands the perpetrator of this detestable atrocity be hanged. As two men await execution and reflect on what has transpired, the execution clock in their holding cell continues to tick away. In an unexpected twist, both men are merely pawns to the power and corruption of those who seek to control others.

Narrative /Dir. Mark Vizcarra / 2017 / 15 minutes / World Premiere / Local Film Showcase / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Pearl Harbor Survivors Relive the Infamous Day – Pearl Harbor survivors speak out about their experiences on December 7, 1941, when the United States was attacked by Japan and consequently thrust into World War II.

Documentary / Dirs. Howard Lipin and Luis Cruz / 2017 /Six minutes / Local Film Showcase / Filmmakers scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 10:50 a.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Refuge – This short tells the story of four women trying to escape a horrible future world. In the year 2049, male babies are not being born. The government has instituted a breeding program that forces all able women to become breeders in hopes of increasing the number of male babies. Taking a gamble with experimental science is their only hope of escaping this fate.

Narrative / Dir. Ryan Kelly / 2016 / Eight minutes / Local Film Showcase / Filmmaker scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: Mary Lou Mawhiney – Pearl Harbor survivor, Mary Lou Mawhiney, 94, remembers December 7, 1941.

Documentary / Dirs. Howard Lipin and Luis Cruz / 2017 / Three minutes / Local Film Showcase / Filmmakers scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 10:50 a.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary – USO San Diego has two main locations that help military personnel feel at home when they are away. Countless volunteers have helped serve the military community for many of the USO’s 76-year history. The San Diego Airport location has been awarded top honors in the nation and has been widely recognized as the model stationfor our service people.

Documentary / Dir. David Romero / 2016 / Six minutes / Local FilmShowcase / Filmmaker scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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USS Pearl Harbor – Commander Ted Essenfeld shares his thoughts about the USS Pearl Harbor and its historical artifacts.

Documentary / Dirs. Howard Lipin and Luis Cruz / 2017 / Three minutes / Local Film Showcase / Filmmakers scheduled to attend / Sat., Oct. 21 at 10:50 a.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20

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