Pat Sajak to Host GI Film Festival International Night at the Canadian Embassy
Contact: D’Ann Long – 951-315-6534, cell; or Laura Law-Millett – 800-928-6307 ext 101
Washington, DC – Thursday, March 15, 2012
The GI Film Festival is pleased to announce that Pat Sajak, internationally renowned game show host and Vietnam Veteran, will be the celebrity host for International Night at the Canadian Embassy on May 16, 2012.
The GI Film Festival is a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The GIFF is the only film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film. This year’s event will be held May 14-20, 2012 in Washington DC. International Night at the Canadian Embassy showcases a block of international films that highlight military issues from an international perspective.
Mr. Sajak is no stranger to issues facing the military. In 1968, Sajak joined the U.S. Army, and was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a disk jockey on Armed Forces Radio. After returning from Vietnam, he enjoyed a successful career in radio and local network TV. In 1981, Sajak became the host of Wheel of Fortune. Wheel of Fortune is a world-wide phenomenon broadcast in more than 40 territories and has donated more than $5 million dollars to charity.
“As a former member of the military, I am proud to take part in this year’s festival,” said Sajak. “There is no more powerful medium than film and I look forward to the impressive line-up of international films at the Canadian Embassy. Consider this my personal invitation to join me at what will truly be an enjoyable celebration of our troops and allies.”
International Night at the GI Film Festival has become a significant venue for the screening of international military films. Many of the films featured at the festival have achieved some notable successes. One 2007 GI Film Festival premiere, Operation Homecoming, was a finalist for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. The 2008 GI Film Festival “Best Feature Documentary,” Brothers at War, earned a theatrical distribution deal from the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Films, screened in theaters and aired on Showtime. Several GI Film Festival films have also aired on PBS.
GI Film Festival 2012 – reel stories, real heroes.