July 24, 2024


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National GI Film Festival Announces New Leadership

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“KPBS is honored to have developed the GI Movie Pageant in San Diego. But to now have the blessing and rely on from founders Brandon and Laura is genuinely an honor. KPBS is very pleased to continue on the potent GI Movie Pageant traditions in San Diego and further than.”

Organizers of the GI Movie Pageant San Diego, a military-themed movie pageant that presents films and activities for, by and about military service users and veterans, announce KPBS, a public media station in San Diego, California, as the sole producer of the countrywide movie pageant. All functions will now originate in San Diego, such as the awards competition, judging, and in-person movie screenings. The complete pageant is scheduled for Could 18-23, 2021, making it possible for for more time to plan screening activities outside the house of present-day COVID-19 limitations.

“KPBS is honored to have developed the GI Movie Pageant in San Diego. But to now have the blessing and rely on from founders Brandon and Laura is genuinely an honor. KPBS is very pleased to continue on the potent GI Movie Pageant traditions in San Diego and further than,” says Nancy Worlie, affiliate typical manager of information and communications, KPBS. “In just 5 brief years, we’ve demonstrated that the GI Movie Pageant was crucial to our group and that we can continue on this tradition for filmmakers all around the world.”

The countrywide GI Movie Pageant was established in 2006 by U.S. Army Veteran Laura Legislation-Millett and her spouse Brandon Millett, to foster bigger public comprehension of the military expertise through movie, tv and stay distinctive activities. For above a 10 years, the award-profitable GI Movie Pageant occurred per year in Washington, DC in the spring from 2006 to 2017. Added activities were hosted on military bases all around the country and in Los Angeles, California. In 2015, the GI Movie Pageant worked with KPBS to deliver “Sundance for the Troops” forever to San Diego to aid develop the festival’s footprint. The change to the West Coast was only natural as San Diego features a person of the largest military populations in the U.S., with seven key military bases among the Navy, Marines and the Coast Guard. San Diego County has the third largest veteran inhabitants in the U.S. with extra than 240,500 veterans and extra than one hundred,000 energetic responsibility users. In 2018, the GI Movie Team introduced San Diego would be the household for the countrywide movie pageant for that calendar year. This calendar year, KPBS formally acquired the GI Movie Pageant earning San Diego the household for the countrywide pageant now and for years to appear. The Milletts will continue being advisors to KPBS moving forward.

“As the initial military movie pageant in the country, the GI Movie Pageant offered a voice for the military group in leisure and we are so very pleased to have helped produce hundreds of films into the market exhibiting the honor and courage of individuals who provide,” says Brandon Millett. “And now, below the leadership of KPBS, we have no question that the pageant will continue on to develop and really encourage filmmakers almost everywhere to share their tales.”

To also continue on its mission to have interaction audiences, encourage filmmakers, and celebrate reliable storytelling, the pageant will current a virtual screening showcase on Oct. one and two, 2020. Titles and filmmaker participation to be introduced later on this summer season, and films will be hand-picked by pageant organizers.

Seeking Back again on the Historical past of the GI Movie Pageant San Diego

In its six calendar year heritage, the pageant has introduced 164 films and captivated thousands of attendees. Each and every movie tells a persuasive and one of a kind tale that may well problem the pageant-goers’ notions about what it usually means to provide and goes further than a person-dimensional depictions of veterans, service users, their caregivers, and households. The pageant also retains in-depth panel discussions immediately after each movie block to aid reduce the military-civilian divide. There is also an possibility for San Diego area filmmakers to share their work and celebrate the developing San Diego movie group, through the festival’s Neighborhood Movie Showcase, arranged in partnership with the Movie Consortium San Diego.

The GI Movie Pageant San Diego has also hosted several celebrities who participated in films picked for the pageant, such as documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Ric Burns actor and activist George Takei actor Matthew Marsden actor/producer/director Jeffrey Wright and actor/director Brenda Sturdy.

Movie Submissions Now Approved for 2021 GI Movie Pageant San Diego

From documentaries and narratives to shorts and aspect-lengths, pageant organizers are hunting for filmmakers globally to post their operates for thought for the 2021 awards competition. Movie submissions can involve storylines or narrative arcs about the military expertise (earlier or current working day Usa or intercontinental-all through service back household immediately after service, etcetera.). Civilians, energetic responsibility and veterans are welcome to post information among Could twenty five, 2020 and January 20, 2021. For complete submission needs, deadlines, sponsorship chances, and extra facts on the GI Movie Pageant San Diego, remember to stop by GIFilmFestivalSD.org.

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