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Normandy
Bridges- A Living Graphic Novel
Playing Wednesday, May 16, 2011 | Movie Info Playing Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Movie Info
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Congressional
Reception
Red Rose of Normandy Double Feature: The Borinqueneers + Eleven Workshop: Filmmaker Boot Camp Shorts Film Block: Six Short Films Shorts Film Block: Seven Short Films
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Taking multiple perspectives of the invasion of Normandy from the top-ranking brass to infantry, paratroopers, and elite snipers, Red Rose of Normandy is an explosive combat saga in which a man makes one last stand to save the woman he loves during the biggest invasion in history.



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The Borinqueneers
The Borinqueneers is the untold story of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment. Using rare archival footage and intimate interviews, the film explores the triumphs and painful tribulations of these veterans, culminating with one of the largest mass courts-martial of almost 100 men during the Korean War.



Eleven
Eleven is a documentary examining the lives of eleven military veterans from time periods ranging from World War II to present-day conflicts.
Eleven captures not only the individuality of each veterans’ story, but also the common threads that connect each of these lives through similar experience and emotional reaction.



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Led by a panel of Hollywood’s top producers, directors and financiers, the Filmmaker Boot Camp will teach independent filmmakers the “nuts and bolts” of film production, finance, distribution, marketing, and pitching.



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Survive.Recover.Live
On July 22, 2010, Sergeant Rob Jones lost his legs when struck by an IED in Afghanistan. One year later, this is his story. In this touching documentary, follow Rob on his inspiring journey towards recovery.



Welcome Home
A young American veteran, fresh out of the Marines, struggles with leaving structured military life and re-entering the civilian world. Battling confusion, disorientation, depression, and alcoholism, he eventually must make the decision to stay stagnant or continue on with his life and make positive change.



No Wine Left Behind
When Marine Sergeant Josh Laine returned from fighting in Iraq to his native Livermore, CA, he couldn’t find a job anywhere.When a girlfriend got him into wine, he decided to take a crack at winemaking and Lavish Laines Winery was born. The winery has since become a place where any returning veteran can find a job, camaraderie, and a sense of purpose.The film follows Josh and his fellow vets as they try to take the winery from a garage start-up to a fully-fledged operation and in the process explores the challenges vets face in transitioning back to civilian life.




Little Soldier

Daniel struggles to get past his problem of wetting the bed while his military father, Tony, grows frustrated. Daniel’s belief in his toys coming alive to fight the monster in the closet responsible for the bed-wetting will restore the love between a father and a son.



Semper Paratus
A four-man Coast Guard Boarding Team looks for suspicious targets off the coast of Miami. The boarding officer, who is the youngest of the team, decides to board one more before going home, despite his crew’s exhaustion.During the initial safety inspection of the Vessel Eastnor, the team realizes that there is something very suspicious with the crew and that there may be human trafficking involved.



Aide-de-Camp
Anna is a hard-working professional who has always relied on her smarts to keep life on track for herself and for her young daughter.Now she faces her biggest challenge: to stay with a married man whose attentions she allows because he is the father of her child, or to accept a dinner invitation from a military officer with whom she has only spoken on the phone.Should Anna pull herself out of her round-the-clock work life and go out on this blind date, or will she over-think an opportunity to meet a man who may offer her not just true love, but the inspiration of a genuine survivor?



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Short Block Featuring: Getting Them Home, Firewatch, Letters on a Record Home, Ashley Waits, Stateside, Daring to Die/Black Devils, S.E.R.E.



Getting Them Home
Getting them Home is a short-form observational documentary profiling the men and women of the US Air Force working to transport and care for our combat wounded in Afghanistan




S.E.R.E.

Staff-Sergeant Ryan Williams wakes up in a dark cell with his hands and feet bound.An unrecognizable voice informs him that he’s been captured and the only way for him to survive is to give up information about his unit.




Firewatch

Firewatch is about two Marines on post in Afghanistan who are contemplating their past when they encounter a suicide bomber and all they have is each other for survival.



Letters on a Record Home
Letters on a Record Home uncovers the story of the audio recordings created by soldiers at USO clubs, Gem Blades kiosks, Pepsi Centers, and radio stations around the country during WWII.



Ashley Waits
With her boyfriend deployed to Afghanistan, young Ashley finds it unbearable. Jane, her best friend, has to summon the strength to confront her before Ashley reaches beyond the breaking point and does the most desperate thing imaginable.


Stateside
Frank and Rose, a young married couple during World War II, have been separated for years while Frank was off in the war. Today he returns, but the homecoming is bittersweet as they must first deal with the loss of their only son before they can continue as a couple.




Daring to Die – The Story of the Black Devils

Daring to Die – The Story of the Black Devils | In 1942, the First Special Service Force was assembled as a joint Canadian and American super commando team. Daring to Die follows the story of the Black Devils from their training in Helena, Montana through their most famous campaigns through the eyes of the Black Devils themselves.



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Into Harm’s Way
International Warrior Night with Pat Sajak
If I Should Fall Double Feature: Return to Iwo Jima + The Legend of Pancho Barnes The Red Machine
Double Feature: It Could Be & Patriot Guard Riders
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Into Harm’s Way is a story of Army officers who lead and lost soldiers in combat. It’s a story of fathers and sons and duty to country. It’s a story of glory and sacrifice.Into Harm’s Way is the first person chronicle of the West Point Class of 1967.
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An evening of films with Pat Sajak, to include:



Bridges
Captain Saul Bridges was an American bomber pilot in World War II. Just before the end of the war his plane is shot down over Berlin and he is saved by two children.  After the war, he again crashes in Berlin during a supply drop mission and he gets caught in the middle of a vicious and deadly gang fight over black-marketed goods.


High Threat Scenario
The Year: 2032. Civil unrest threatens to overthrow governments throughout Europe and the world in on the brink of chaos. In this futuristic scenario, the U.S. Army is called upon by the European Union to stabilize an area near Belgrade after extremists bomb a petro-chemical plant.



You Bring Something Back
On her return from Afghanistan, CMT Sarah Simpson begins to suffer the devastating effects of PTSD after she was unable to save a comrade’s life following an IED explosion.



Sacrament

Belgium, 1944: A U.S. 101st Airborne soldier is on the brink of an epic battle that will almost certainly end his life and future with a girl waiting back home. He must find a way to press on when the flame of his hope is all but extinguished.


Veterans
A portrait of the film-maker’s father and grandfather, two men whose lives are ultimately defined by the wars they’ve waged both abroad and within themselves.




Those Forgotten

The last two elderly survivors of a shipwreck mark the anniversary with an interview on the local news.



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Driven by premonition of his death before deployment to Afghanistan, Trooper Marc Diab made a video for his funeral to deliver a message of comfort from beyond the grave. Prophetically, Diab was killed in action on March 8th, 2009.This is the story of journey through grief and what it means to lose a son to war. Through telling the story of the loss of one family, If I Should Fall tells the story of all families who have lost a loved one to war.



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Return to Iwo Jima

A little over 65 years ago, more than 30,000 United States Marines waded through bloodstained surf to find themselves on the black beaches of what was at the time an unknown island: Iwo Jima.It was one of the most important and influential battles that changed the scope and success of the United States of America in WWII. Six and a half decades later, nearly a dozen of those former Marines return to the place where almost 7,000 fellow Marines made the ultimate sacrifice and where the odds of survival were slim, and courage, honor and duty were plentiful.This film chronicles their emotional journey as they make their first and only return to this island that is now considered an open grave site.



The Legend of Pancho Barnes
The Legend of Pancho Barnes chronicles the thrilling life and extraordinary times of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe ‘Pancho’ Barnes, one of the most colorful and accomplished women pilots of the earliest 20th Century, and an ill-behaved woman who made history.



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Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages.During the mission, which is complicated by the spy’s dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game.



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It Could Be
It Could Be is a short drama about a college chapel custodian who comes to the aid of a distraught college student.



Patriot Guard Riders
The suffering of soldiers and their families is largely invisible to many Americans. But not to these Americans. Patriot Guard Riders is a documentary about a 200,000 strong motorcycle group who attend military funerals to honor the fallen, and to protect grieving families from a hate group who descend on the funerals and harass them.



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Battleship Special Advance Screening Red Carpet Special Event: 8:46 & Philly to Fallujah Premiere & Party Least Among Saints
Lost Airmen of Buchenwald
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Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force.Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.Berg directs this epic action-adventure also produced by Scott Stuber (Couples Retreat), Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom), Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro (the Transformers franchise), along with Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander) and Jeffrey Silver (300). The film is written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (Red).The battle for Earth begins at sea.


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Philly to Fallujah

One event. One game. One decade. A documentary commemorating ten years since attacks of September 11 by paying tribute to the 2001 Army-Navy football game.This film looks back at that historic game and chronicles the journeys of some of its players who dedicated themselves to this country by answering a simple question. Where are they ten years later?These are compelling journeys – sometimes with tragic endings, other times with auspicious new beginnings. But always with an incomparable nobility and honor.



8:46
8:46 follows an ensemble of characters and storylines in the days leading up to the September 11th attacks on the United States.Ten years later, this film was created to place audience members at the brink of the most heart-wrenching tragedy in American history, beckoning the message “We Will Never Forget.”



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A haunted soldier just back from war and a boy who has never known peace in his home life embark on a life-changing journey as they become unlikely friends –and one another’s last shot at redemption.Writer, director and actor Martin Papazian’s debut film LEAST AMONG SAINTS movingly illustrates a man’s hard-fought road towards reconciling with his better self. Coming home to a broken marriage and unsure future, veteran Anthony Hayward(Papazian) thinks he’s at the end of his rope. But when his troubled ten year-old neighbor, Wade (Tristan Lake Leabu), calls out for help, Anthony can’t seem to turn away.To the dismay of the boy’s embattled social worker (Laura San Giacomo), Anthony sets out on a fool’s quest to help this heartbroken but hard to reach child find his long-lost  father, who might not even exist. Yet in the midst of this new mission – the first that seems to matter since his return — Anthony begins to come to grips with both the costs of war and the universal power of human connection. As the film builds to an emotional climax, Papazian finds both the gravity and the grace in ordinary, flawed characters pushed to extraordinary acts of compassion and decency.


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Lost Airmen of Buchenwald chronicles the extraordinary journey of 168 Allied airmen illegally imprisoned in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II.Marked for death, their incredible story of survival has been a source of controversy and secrecy for over six decades.



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Double Feature: A Warrior’s Journey 3D and Along Recovery Doughboy
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A Warrior’s Journey
A distinguished Navy Corpsman rebuilds his life after suffering a traumatic wound in battle. A film with 3d special effects.




Along Recovery

Along Recovery is an intimate documentary portrait of the signature wound of Afghanistan and Iraq–Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).The film chronicles the TBI recovery process from the perspective of four soldiers recently evacuated from combat operations.With unprecedented access inside the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Along Recovery examines the exhaustive regimen of therapy each Soldier must endure. Following months of treatment, the story continues as each Soldier undergoes an extensive medical evaluation that will determine their future–a return to the ranks or reintegration into civilian life.



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Tory Hedderman is a typical, self-centered 16-year-old. When Tory is caught vandalizing a statue of a WW I veteran, he is ordered to perform community service at a local veteran’s home where he meets individuals who challenge his views on the world.


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Special Event: Salute to Military Spouses Night with “Army Wives” cast Four Film Shorts Block, “Best of Film” Awards and Special Performance by Longhorn The Comedian
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Screening of High Card Trumps + Memorial Day and special presentation of the GI Family Award to Sally Pressman and Brian McNamara from the cast of “Army Wives”




High Card Trumps

Lois, a headstrong woman and soon-to-be champion grandmother, is excited to share her good news with the volunteers of her monthly Support-Our-Troops bake sale.But when an Arab mother joins them, Lois’s pride and her definition of patriotism are challenged.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, 1995: When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers a World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, who has never talked about the war. Kyle convinces Bud to strike a deal: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one.Souvenirs not only takes us on a journey into Bud’s complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle’s wartime future.



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He’s My Best Friend: The Crystal Nicely Story, Horse Soldiers of 9/11, Ripple Effect, Jockstrap Raiders, “Best of Film” Awards Ceremony, and a Special LIVE Performance by Longhorn The Comedian



He’s My Best Friend: The Crystal Nicely Story
He’s My Best Friend: The Crystal Nicely Story | Marine Corporal Todd Nicely was injured in Afghanistan in March 2010 and most people did not expect him to survive. He became one of only three men to survive as a quadruple amputee. His wife Crystal’s first reaction when she walked through the hospital door was “Okay, he’s still alive. He’s still with me.” Crystal, a retired Marine, knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but the Marine spirit would help them through it.



Horse Soldiers of 9/11
Award-winning war reporter Alex Quade takes us along for the ride with the Horse Soldiers of 9/11 on their secret, life-and-death mission, as well as the journey of the artist and the monument.



Ripple Effect
In southern Afghanistan, an eleven-year-old boy named Akhtar is desperate to save his father, who has been injured by the Taliban.When a U.S. Army Special Forces team arrives to set up a medical clinic in the village, Akhtar seeks out Jack, the American medic to help. A simple act of kindness between the two makes a powerful impact.



Jockstrap Raiders
The Jockstrap Raiders takes place during World War I in Leeds, England. A group of underdog misfits are excluded from the war due to various abnormalities.Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain and the world.



Longhorn the Comedian
Longhorn The Comedian (or LH, by his fans) is known far and wide as one of the “Cowboys of Comedy”, and “yes” he is a real cowboy. He was born and raised in central Texas and traveled all over the country. His comedy comes from his life experiences in Texas and his extensive travels, Longhorn has created a very unique style of humor that he calls “Longhorn Comedy. Longhorn Comedy is a mix of blue collar, urban, mainstream comedy, and with a dash of great positive messaging all rolled into one.



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