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MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

7:oopm – midnight
“Secrets and Spies” Party and Silent Auction – A Salute to 50 Years of James Bond

Black Tie Gala
Signature Theater,
4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
Tickets: $135 – Couples ($250)
Special Guest: Acclaimed Actor, Singer and Real Bond Villain Robert Davi (Franz Sanchez, License to Kill)

Join the GI Film Festival as we launch festival week with a black tie salute to James Bond. This event will be first-class and unforgettable, featuring signature cocktails and hor dourves, Baccarat tables, palm readers, a silent auction, sleek Aston Martin Cars and, of course, Bond girls. Don’t miss it!

NOTE: This event is a fundraiser to support the GI Film Festival, a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Tickets must be purchased separately.

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

5:30pm – 8:30pm
Congressional Reception Honoring Military Veterans and Film Premiere

Business Attire

Featuring Disney and Broadway Star Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens, Kim Possible, Belle on Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast)
*Private Event/Invitation Only

The GI Film Festival pays tribute to real GI heroes with a private congressional reception on Capitol Hill. The reception will be followed by a GI Film Festival premiere film screening.

The Real Inglorious Bastards
Documentary Short (52 Minutes)
Min Sook Lee, Director
The Real Inglorious Bastards recounts the thrilling story of Operation Greenup, the most successful intelligence-gathering OSS operation of World War II. Two young Jewish-American refugees team up with a conscientious deserter, parachuting one perilous night into the Austrian Alps. Through vivid first-person accounts, re-enactment, CGI, archive and historian commentary, the film reveals how their efforts disrupt a vital supply route between Germany and the Italian front and bring about the surrender of Innsbruck to Allied Forces.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013

6:00pm – 9:30pm
Celebrating the International Warrior Spirit

Business Attire

A VIP Reception and International Short Film Premieres
Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
Featuring Special Guest actor David James Elliott (JAG, Scoundrels, GCB)
Tickets: $35

 

NOTE: Very limited street parking available. Please take public transportation, taxi or car service.

The GI Film Festival pays tribute to veterans from other countries with a primetime reception and film showcase featuring a selection of short films from Canada, U.K., Germany, Denmark, Australia, and the U.S.

Film Premieres — 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Gefallen
International/Narrative Short (18 Minutes)
Christoph Schuler, Director
[Germany] The fighting continues…Upon returning home to Germany after their tour of duty in Afghanistan three friends attempt to adjust back to civilian life after losing their buddy on the battlefield. What are they to do with all their guilt, fear and anxiety? Where are they to go with all their rage? They have long escaped the horrors of war but will they ever escape the memories which plague their conscience?

M.I.L.O. Goodbye
International/Documentary Short (4 Minutes)
Julius Telmer, Director
[Denmark] Danish rapper  and soldier M.I.L.O. returns to the festival with another musical tribute to his military service. M.I.L.O. has been to war as a soldier in Afghanistan and in his new music video he returns back to civilian life, rapping about the personal difficulties for soldiers returning home from war.

The Sound of Willie Nelson’s Guitar
International/Narrative Short (15 Minutes)
Christopher Cinnamon, Director
World Premiere!
[Canada] Two people from two drastically different parts of the world find themselves facing their own mortality together in war torn Bosnia. Separated by language and allegiance, it’s the sound of Willie Nelson’s guitar that connects them, and forms a bond that will forever change their lives.

Fallout
International/Narrative Short (10 Minutes)
Dan Price, Director
[U.K.] Mike is a British Army veteran suffering with the psychological wounds of war. Fallout follows a day in Mike’s life as he struggles to adjust and survive in an increasingly lonely and hostile civilian world.

Royal Canadian Navy at RIMPAC 2012
International/Documentary Short (4 Minutes)
Charles Brown, Director
1,400 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen participate in the RIM of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 combined and joint exercise taking place near the Hawaiian Islands from June 29 to August 3, 2012.Scheduled and coordinated by the U.S. Navy Third Fleet. RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise.

Fearless
International/Narrative Short (15 Minutes)
Michael Mier, Lav Bodnaruk, Co-Directors
[Australia] A female photographer covering the war in Afghanistan, fights for survival, after the convoy she was traveling with is devastated by a roadside bomb. She lies wounded in amongst the burning wreckage unable to move. Her ordeal has only just begun, when she is confronted by the Taliban. Her only weapons are her courage and her cameras.

The Fifth Horseman
International/Narrative Short (33 Minutes)
Kari Barber, Director
[U.S./Japanese Subtitles] The Fifth Horseman is the story of Keiji, a young Imperial Japanese Army medic assigned to the infamous Unit 731’s medical experimentation facility commanded by his father. Keiji has always believed Unit 731’s work is wrong, but as a failed medical student he has become so consumed by his desire to earn his father’s respect that nothing else mattered. Everything changes with the arrival of a captured American pilot, whom Keiji soon befriends.

Reception — 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

7:00pm – 11:30 pm
A Salute to American Warriors

Business Casual

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Screening
Featuring Special Guest actor Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump, Heat, FX’s Justified)
Screening:  AMC Hoffman Theater, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA

Tickets include: drinks and popcorn, meet and greet celebrity Mykelti Williamson, gift bag of swag

Tickets: $25

Marvel’s Iron Man Screening — 7 pm to 9:30 pm

Reception — 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
GIFF’s Guerrilla Finance and Distro Boot Camp

Business Casual

WETA, 2775 S Quincy St, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $35 

You’re an independent filmmaker. And that means you don’t have the weight of the “big six” studios behind you. So to chart a path to success, you have to know how to do two things:  Find the money and close the distro deal. And that’s exactly what we’ll teach you at the GI Film Festival’s Guerrilla Finance and Distro Boot Camp.

Surviving the Festival Circuit
Jon Gann, Founder, DC Shorts Film Festival, Author, “Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work”

Have you ever wondered…What’s the deal with film festival programmers? What do they really think about your film? How do they make their decisions? And how can you improve your own film’s odds of being picked?

The Basic Framework of Film Producing
With Anthony Romano, CEO, American Way Productions, Michael Reardon, Partner, A&S One Entertainment, Lynnwood Bibbens, CEO, Deal Global Holdings

Get the Green:  Tax credits, crowd sourcing, asset protection, insurance.  So much to think about!  Where does one begin?  These Producers and film financiers will teach you the hidden available tools and lurking pitfalls facing filmmakers with budgets large and small.

Lunch Break

The Basic Framework of Film Producing (continued)

Close the Deal:  You’ve secured funding, made your film, and navigated the festival circuit.  Now what? Opportunities for distribution are more varied than ever before.  Learn the how-to’s of film distribution platforms, successful marketing strategies, and more.

The Production:  Listen to the basics of putting up a production from financing to distribution based on a real life example of developing a mini-news series titled, The Three Minute Update.

Crafting an Epic – A Creative Retrospective
Ron Maxwell, Director, “Gods and Generals,”  “Gettysburg,” and  “Copperhead

When it comes to crafting epic war films, Ron Maxwell stands alone. He directed two of the great all-time war classics Gettysburg and Gods and Generals and has just put the finishing touches on his latest Civil War masterpiece, Copperhead.  Don’t miss the chance to sit with Ron Maxwell for an intimate behind-the camera talk about his experiences in directing these films. What was it like to work with acting legends like Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen? How did Ron round out his cast with talented unknowns? What strategies did Ron use to keep control of his set with hundreds of extras and Civil War re-enactors recreating complex battle scenes?  Secure your spot today.

The Making of Gods and Generals
Documentary Short (45 Minutes)
Mike Wicklein, Director
World Premiere!
Watch an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of the great epic war films of all-time with Gods and Generals director Ron Maxwell.

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

The Ghost Army
Documentary Feature (68 Minutes)
Rick  Beyer, Director
DC Premiere!
The Ghost Army tells the story of an extraordinary US Army unit that used inflatable tanks and sound effects records to stage a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe during WWII. Nineteen veterans of the unit share their experiences in a WWII story unlike any other. Imagination flourishing under the most extreme circumstances, a secret mission bordering on the absurd, and dazzling performance art designed to save lives.

KW60 – Heroes Remembered Contest Winners
A Selection of Short Films from High School Students
In 2013 the GI Film Festival launched an educational initiative for high school filmmakers to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, the so-called “Forgotten War.” High school filmmakers from around the country submitted their short films. See the very best at GIFF!

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

1:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Wings for Maggie Ray
Documentary Short (57 Minutes)
Philip Paluso, Director
Featuring exciting re-enactments, meticulously researched archive photos and film, and insightful interviews Wings for Maggie Ray tells the remarkable story of an Indiana farm girl who answered her country’s call to duty and ultimately became a flying legend. This aviation trailblazer from America’s heartland became, in a time of war and beyond, a shining example of our nation’s greatest generation.

Chocolate Soldiers from the USA
Documentary Feature (62 Minutes)
Noel Izon, Director
Chocolate Soldiers from the USA tells the story of 140,000 Black American soldiers and thousands of British civilians who cross a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond. While serving in a segregated military, Black men and women do much of the U.S. Army’s “heavy lifting” by day, and introduce the British population to jazz, jitterbugging and Black American culture by night. For the first time, Black American soldiers experience what it is like to be treated as equals and as Americans.

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Songwriting with Soldiers: Scott
Documentary Short (6 Minutes)
James Monk, Director (Military Veteran)
World Premiere!

Songwriting with Soldiers: Scott tells the story of a unique partnership between professional songwriters and combat veterans, who create music from their experiences of war. The resulting collaboration provides a therapeutic outlet for people who have experienced combat and have difficulty expressing themselves through conventional means.

Right of the Line
Narrative Short (12 Minutes)
Jesus Garcia, Director
Kent, a seasoned Marine, returns home after his last tour in Iraq. Diagnosed with post traumatic stress, he now must learn to adjust to life at home with his wife and son. After a series of flashbacks and hallucinations seem to sink him further into darkness and depression, he seeks help and advice from his father Jasper, a Vietnam Vet. Jasper is now at peace with his past and has learned to cope through his faith in God.

Bighorn
Narrative Short (15 Minutes)
Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Director

Taking place in 2002 and 1876, Bighorn is a supernatural historical fantasy based on a true fact: that General Custer’s bandmaster, Felix Vinatieri — an Italian immigrant and the great-great-grandfather of Super Bowl-winning kicker Adam Vinatieri — was ordered to stay behind at the 7th Cavalry’s Powder River camp and missed the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Still
Narrative Short (9 Minutes)
Luke Dye, Director
This film explores the story of a young veteran struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, who finds himself unable to move forward in life as if everything seems still. The veteran then reunites with an old friend that challenges him to make a decision to begin the healing process. Although specific to a veteran’s struggle with war, this film highlights the struggle that we all experience when confronting hardships and the decision to move forward.

The Making of Fallujah: A New Chamber Opera
Documentary Short (22 Minutes)
John Bolton, Director
A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of “Fallujah” – the first chamber opera about the Iraq War and post traumatic stress, inspired by the life and work of Christian Ellis.

Home Front
Narrative Short (10 Minutes)
Maeve Harris, Producer
An American mother and son cope with the absence of their husband and father who is fighting overseas during WWII. The boy learns that he has to grow up in order for normalcy to return to his home.

Part of the Change
Documentary Short (13 Minutes)
Ezra Millstein
In April 2012, a group of U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War traveled with Habitat for Humanity to the Mekong Delta. Over two weeks, the veterans healed decades-old wounds of war while building houses and hope in partnership with Vietnamese families. This film follows Vic Romback from memories of his Air Force deployment through his return to Vietnam, the construction of three Habitat for Humanity homes, and a moving tribute to soldiers laid to rest in a Vietnamese National Cemetery.

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

6:30 pm – 1:30 am
GIFF Red Carpet “First Look” Screening and Reception

Featuring Special Guest and GIFF Veterans in Entertainment Award winner actor and military veteran Mark Valley (Body of Proof, Boston Legal, Human Target)
Cocktail Attire

Film Premiere: AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Reception: Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub, 2800 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Screening: ($15); Reception ($30); Both Screening and Reception ($40)

Red Carpet Arrival 6:30 pm

GIFF “First Look” Hollywood Screening featuring Ron Maxell’s “Copperhead” — 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Director: Ron Maxwell
Washington DC Premiere

Copperhead
Narrative Feature (120 Minutes)
Ron Maxwell

Upstate New York, 1862 – inspired by actual events: Dairy farmer Abner Beech despises slavery – but just as passionately opposes this war that President Lincoln is waging, all in the name of “union,” hundreds of miles away. Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel. He is what is known as a Copperhead.

A local anti-slavery zealot named Hagadorn stirs up the town against him, first with pamphlets, then with rumors that prompt shopkeepers to boycott Abner’s dairy products, next by coaxing the community to shun his family. Worse, Abner’s son falls in love with Hagadorn’s daughter – marching off to war to please her, and goes missing in action. Hagadorn’s wild-eyed rhetoric ignites a torch-bearing mob to descend upon Abner’s farm, placing all that both men love in mortal danger. Copperhead is a parable of the Civil War and perhaps for our own time.

NOTE: Please plan to arrive on the red carpet at least 30 minutes prior to film screening.

Reception — 9:30 pm to 1:30 am

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

“After Dark” Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

NOTE: Some of the films in this block may not be suitable for people under the age of 18.

Choice
Narrative Short (27 Minutes)
Michael Chan, Director (Military Veteran)
A trouble high school student searches for meaning in his life, and finds it in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Towing
Narrative Short (14 Minutes)
Wenhwa Ts’ao, Director
A film about a female veteran’s struggle to make the adjustment to civilian life. One fateful night her experiences in the war come back to challenge her as she’s yet again forced to face meaningless death. Towing explores themes of gender, race and class with a feminine perspective on the emotional effects of war.

Best of Both Worlds
Narrative Short (13 Minutes)
Michael Dunker, Director (Military Veteran)
Struggling to find the girl of his dreams, Charlie meets Michelle and questions if he can accept the best of both worlds when she reveals she turns into a guy named Michael during the day.

Home from War
Narrative Short (15)
Jonathan Dillon, Director
East Coast Premiere!
Two wounded female Marines return from Afghanistan, and meet in the Army Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, on their way home. After returning from combat, they were not prepared to fight this battle at home.

War Bride
Student Short (16 Minutes)
Angela Liu, Director
A woman must battle with the intimacy issues that arise in her marriage when her solider husband returns home for the first night from war suffering from post traumatic stress.

Do Tell
Documentary Short (20 Minutes)
Noah DeBonis, Director
Gay American military members stationed in a remote outpost in northern Japan tell their stories about life pre and post “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

9:45 am – 11:45 am
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

TAPS
Narrative Short (25 Minutes)
Trevor Hoar, Director
TAPS is the heart-warming myth of how the American military funeral song came to be. As the Civil War rips families apart along the Mason Dixon Line, a father and son clash over commitments and personal dreams. The son leaves home to follow his passion for music, while his father demands he stay home to avoid the conflict brewing between the north and south. Two years later, both men find themselves on opposite sides caught in the inescapable pain and turmoil of the Civil War.

Dog it Down
Narrative Short (23 Minutes)
Mark Haapala, Director
On Dec. 7, 1941, three U.S. Navy Sailors became entombed aboard the USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. ‘Dogged Down’ inside an airtight storage supply room, the men managed to stay alive for 17 arduous days on the bottom of the ocean floor; living off of canned peaches, before ultimately succumbing due to a lack of fresh air on Christmas Eve. Based on actual events.

A Flicker in Eternity
Documentary Short (26 Minutes)
Sharon Yamato, Director
The true WWII story of Stanley Hayami, a talented teenager caught between his dream of becoming an artist and his duty to his country. Based on Hayami’s diary and letters, this coming-of-age tale chronicles his life behind barbed wire and as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The film captures his imagination through endearing cartoons and witty observations that provide a firsthand look at the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war.

Veterans to Farmers
Documentary Short (3 Minutes)
Anna Stull, Christian Mussett, Co-Directors
Veterans to Farmers is an amazing program that trains vets in organic greenhouse farming. Not only does this provide meaningful employment, but it strengthens our communities, protects the environment and bolsters our economy by providing local, clean, and traceable fresh food.

Exit Wound
Documentary Short (25 Minutes)
Hunter Holcombe, Director
Sgt. Chess Johnson was shot through his eye while fighting in Iraq, and told he was no longer fit to serve. After struggling with alcoholism, drug dependency, post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, he is invited to a unique program in Sun Valley, Idaho helping treat veterans and their spouses. The goal: to channel their addiction to adrenaline through outlets like skiing and paragliding.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

12:00 pm – 1:55 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed
Narrative Feature (95 Minutes)
Ryan Little, Director
On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendezvous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so they will risk their lives.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

2:10 pm to 3:55 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Wunderland
Narrative Short (5 Minutes)
Andrew Kightlinger, Director
In 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge a squad of U.S. soldier’s find themselves surrounded by superior German forces. When the squad leader, Lt. Cappa, is ordered to hold the line at all costs, he must decide how best to carry out his orders.

Honor Flight
Documentary Feature (78 Minutes)
Dan Hayes, Director
Honor Flight is a beautifully crafted and moving documentary that chronicles a community coming together to honor living World War II veterans. The film follows a devoted team of midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local WWII veterans to see the Washington, DC memorials built in their honor.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

4:10 pm – 6:00 pm
Documentary Feature

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Souvenirs: Healing After War
Documentary Feature (88 Minutes)
Mara Pelecis, Director

Lyrical, intimate, and sometimes humorous, Souvenirs is a moving film tribute to a Vietnam Veteran. Following Andy Pelecis’ death, his daughter Mara unearths the elusive layers of Andy’s mental health, as his case for service related mental illness is reopened post-mortem. Seeking to better understand her father, Mara finds healing in the lives and stories of other veterans. Combining her father’s Bolex footage and photography together with her documentation their family for nearly 20 years, Mara unspools a true story of the impact of war on a veteran and family over decades.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

7:00 pm – midnight
GIFF Red Carpet “First Look” Screening and Reception

Cocktail Attire

Film “First Look”: U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Reception: Social Reform Kitchen and Bar, 401 9th St NW, Washington, DC
Screening: ($15); Reception ($40); Both Screening and Reception ($50)

Red Carpet Arrival 6:45 pm (screening at 7:00pm)

GIFF “First Look” Screening  featuring “The Hornet’s Nest” – 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm

The Hornet’s Nest
Documentary Feature
Christian Tureaud & David Salzberg

A father and son’s struggle to reconnect, after years of separation, soon becomes a fight for survival in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan in The Hornet’s Nest - a film unlike any other. Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy winning war correspondent, Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, spend over a year documenting the most violent era of the Afghanistan war. With cameras rolling, they are side by side with American forces in some of the conflict’s toughest battles.  In this modern-day We Were Soldiers, they discover that the family bond they seek is right in front of them – displayed daily in the actions of Soldiers and Marines who sacrifice everything to save the lives of their buddies. A true story captured as it happened on Afghanistan’s battlefields, The Hornet’s Nest is the definitive film document of our nation’s longest war.

NOTE: Please plan to arrive on the red carpet at least 30 minute prior to film screening.

Reception – 10 pm to Midnight

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SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

9:45 am – 11:50 am
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Toy Soldier
Narrative Short (15 Minutes)
Nicole Rosen, Director

Sam, 8-years-old, has a father who is a U.S. soldier fighting during the war in Iraq. Before his father is deployed, he gives Sam a box of toy soldiers that was handed down to him from his father. Through the act of playing with the toy soldiers, Sam’s fantasy world parallels his father’s reality in the war and ultimately helps him to deal with the loss of his father.

Fragments
Narrative Short (18 Minutes)
Richard Santiago, Director
While being treated in a military facility for dissociation, Kyle, an injured war veteran, attempts to break free from his hospital room and find his way back to the arms of his lost love, Annabelle. His journey takes him through moments, real or invented by his psyche, as he trudges along a path that goes beyond his reality and eventually leads him to Annabelle. Fragments is a story about life, death and learning to let go, but above all, it’s a story about love rising above the most terrible circumstances.

Missing Silence
Documentary Short (13 Minutes)
Jonathan Mabee, Director (Military Veteran)
The nation prepares veterans for war, but there is no civilian boot camp when veterans return. Missing Silence is an intimate discussion from the veteran’s perspective of the impact of post traumatic stress, what it truly feels like to returning veterans, and how society can best cope with this growing crisis.

Wounded Warriors
Documentary Short (18 Minutes)
Sebastien Paquet, Director
Jonathan Davis, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Korn, narrates his personal experiences and passion for supporting the troops in a film documenting his visit to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

Ground Operation: Battlefield to Farmfields
Documentary Short (41 Minutes)
Dulanie Ellis, Director
Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields tells the stories of combat vets who are restoring their lives and serving their communities through new careers in organic farming and ranching. The heroes in this film are compelling, funny, entrepreneurial, engaging and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to your local farmers market. America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job!

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SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

12:05 pm – 2:05 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

Honorable Journey
Documentary Short (16 Minutes)
Stephen Menick, Director
Honorable Journey charts the 70-year struggle of Japanese-Americans who came of age during World War II. Narrated by George Takei (Star Trek), the film features conflicts of loyalty to tradition, family and country, played out against the backdrop of world war. Eyewitnesses and descendants recount a lifelong journey from barbed wire, battlefields and jail cells to vindication and the highest honors in the land. As World War II veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye says in the film, “That’s one thing about democracy. You must be patient.”

Unclaimed
Documentary Feature (81 Minutes)
Michael Jorgensen, Director
US Premiere!

While performing humanitarian work in Southeast Asia, a war torn veteran of the Vietnam War discovers a man claiming to be an American Special Forces MIA, still living in a remote village 45 years after capture…and so begins the struggle to prove the lost soldier’s identity and reunite him with his family. Deeply moving, Unclaimed offers a compelling reason to revive awareness of the POW/MIA discussion. Have we left some behind?

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SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

2:20 pm – 4:15 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

A Second Chance
Documentary Short (23 Minutes)
David Aristizabal, Director
Combat Medic Blade Anthony is miles away from the battlefield but can’t escape its daily effects. Honorably discharged and diagnosed with post traumatic stress, Blade now finds himself lost in civilian life. After applying for a support dog, Blade begins to acknowledge the emotional scars of the war that was left behind and looks to a rescued companion for a second chance at life.

Always Faithful
Documentary Feature (70 Minutes)
Harris Done, Director
Always Faithful tells the story of the U.S. Marine dog teams who perform the hazardous job of searching for IED’s and explosives in Iraq and Afghanistan. We follow five dog handlers from selection and training to deployment overseas. We explore the unique relationship they each share with their dog and witness the intense bond that is formed as they search for these deadly devices. It is a moving journey, filled with triumphs and heartbreaks. The bond these teams share with their dog is like no other.

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SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Film Block

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $12

12:15 Sunday
Documentary Short (12 Minutes)
Taylor Jenkins, Director
With his plane set ablaze, navigator John Jenkins parachutes down onto Nazi Germany farmland. He is alone in the cold with no food or water. With no immediate aid, his chances of escaping back to Allied territory appear grim. John soon finds small road but sees a vehicle approaching in the distance. He boldly steps out to begin his journey of escape. In this documentary, John retells the story of his first mission over Germany nearly seventy years after it’s occurrence.

16 Photographs at Ohrdruf
Documentary Feature (72 Minutes)
Matthew Nash, Director
With only a small stack of his grandfather’s photos for guidance, filmmaker Matthew Nash tries to understand a family secret that began on April 4, 1945. His search reveals the horror of the first concentration camp found by the Allies and the amazing story of the soldiers who uncovered the Holocaust.

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SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

7 pm – 8:30 pm
GIFF Film Premieres and “Best of Festival” Awards Show

Business Casual

AMC Shirlington Theater, 2772 S Randolph Street, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $15

Film Block – 7 pm to 7:45 pm

Veteran Nation
Documentary Short (30 Minutes)
Mark Waters, Director
A sweeping and inspirational story honoring the courage and heroism of our veterans from Bunker Hill to Baghdad; the treatment of veterans throughout the history of our country; the challenges facing this generation of veterans; and how the American people can best serve those who have served. How can we give back to those who gave their all?

Vanished
Narrative Short (11 Minutes)
Simon Beckman, Director
A secret research facility has been completely annihilated when a special ops team comes to the rescue. Keaton, a hard-nosed investigator, tries to reconstruct what has happened when one sole survivor is discovered. Alex, shell-shocked and wounded, cannot remember much, still Keaton is relentless. He needs to find out what she knows right now to avoid an even greater disaster.

“Best of Festival Awards Show” – 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us as we conclude the festival with our “Best of Festival Awards” with awards in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Student Film, Best Short Short, Founder’s Choice Award, the Military Channel Award and, for the first time, our Audience Choice Award.

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  • 12:15 Sunday
    Sunday May 12 at 4:30pm
    16 Photographs at Ohrdruf
    Sunday May 12 at 4:30pm
    A Second Chance
    Sunday May 12 at 2:20pm
    A Flicker in Eternity
    Saturday May 11 at 9:45am
  • Always Faithful
    Sunday May 12 at 2:20pm
    Best of Both Worlds
    Friday May 10 at 10:00pm
    Bighorn
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
    Choice
    Friday May 10 at 10:00pm
  • Choc'late Soldiers From...
    Friday May 10 at 1:30pm
    Copperhead
    Friday May 10 at 7:00pm
    Dog it Down
    Saturday May 11 at 9:45am
    Do Tell
    Friday May 10 at 10:00pm
  • Exit Wound
    Saturday May 11 at 9:45am
    Fallout
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
    Fearless
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
    Fragments
    Sunday May 12 at 9:45am
  • Gefallen
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
    Ground Operation...
    Sunday May 12 at 9:45am
    Filmmaker Boot Camp
    Friday May 10 at 9:00 am
    Home From War
    Friday May 10 at 10:00pm
  • Home Front
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
    Honorable Journey
    Sunday May 12 at 12:05pm
    Honor Flight
    Saturday May 11 at 2:10pm
    Iron Man 3
    Thursday May 9 at 7:00pm
  • M.I.L.O. Goodbye
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
    Missing Silence
    Sunday May 12 at 9:45am
    Part of the Change
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
    Right of the Line
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
  • Royal Canadian Navy...
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
    Saints and Soldiers...
    Saturday May 11 at 12:00pm
    Songwriting with Soldiers
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
    Souvenirs: Healing After...
    Saturday May 11 at 4:10pm
  • Still
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
    Taps
    Saturday May 11 at 9:45am
    The Fifth Horseman
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
    The Ghost Army
    Friday May 10 at 11:30am
  • The Hornet's Nest
    Saturday May 11 at 6:30pm
    The Making of Fallujah
    Friday May 10 at 4:00pm
    The Real Inglorious...
    Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm
    Sound of Willie Nelson's...
    Wednesday May 8 at 6:00pm
  • Towing
    Friday May 10 at 10:00pm
    Toy Soldier
    Sunday May 12 at 9:45am
    Unclaimed
    Sunday May 12 at 12:05pm
    Vanished
    Sunday May 12 at 7:00pm
  • Veteran Nation
    Sunday May 12 at 7:00pm
    Veterans to Farmers
    Saturday May 11 at 9:45am
    Voices From the Korean War
    Friday May 10 at 11:30am
    War Bride
    Friday May 10 at 10:00pm
  • Wings for Maggie Ray
    Friday May 10 at 1:30pm
    Wounded Warriors
    Sunday May 12 at 9:45am
    Wunderland
    Saturday May 11 at 2:10pm