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Why Film?

17 Jul 2014 /
By Daniella Duarte /
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Meet Daniella, a sophomore at NYU who is interning with the GI Film Festival this summer. My parents have been divorced since I was two years old. Seeing my father every other weekend was normal to me, and so was how we spent our time together. It was routine, without fail, every single time we […]


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Circuit Training

16 May 2014 /
By Claudia Holwill /
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Filmmaker Bootcamp: Surviving the Festival Circuit with Jon Gann Want to learn to navigate the festival circuit?  Meet the man who literally wrote the book on it.  Author of Behind the Screens, Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work   At the “Guerrilla Finance and Distribution Boot Camp,” you can learn from expert Jon Gann on how […]


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BYOB (Be Your Own Brand)

14 May 2014 /
By Claudia Holwill /
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Filmmaker Bootcamp: BYOB (Be Your Own Brand) with Brian Iglesias Want to self-distribute your film and keep control over your enterprise?  Learn from a former Marine who turned a documentary into a feature film, graphic novel and animated series. Branding is the foundation of everything you will do to pitch and promote your project. Learn […]


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Lone Survivor Director Peter Berg to Walk Red Carpet

13 May 2014 /
By Claudia Holwill /
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This year’s GI Film Festival will be stepping up its game with a special tribute to NBC Universal’s intense, action-packed military epic Lone Survivor on May 24, 2014. Lone Survivor documents the heroic, true-life story of Marcus Luttrell and his fellow Navy SEALS and was compared by some to Saving Private Ryan. This is an […]


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Easy Parking Solutions in Old Town

12 May 2014 /
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Concerned about parking in Old Town Alexandria?  You needn’t be!  The city has plenty of garage and street parking available for everyone.  All within walking distance of the Old Town Theater!      


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WMAL Celebrates The Veterans With GIFF

12 May 2014 /
By Claudia Holwill /
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  The GI Film Festival is thrilled to have WMAL as a 2014 media sponsor to the nation’s preeminent military entertainment event. “WMAL has been serving the Washington, D.C. area since the 1920s,” said GI Film Festival President Brandon Millett. “They are an integral part in sharing veterans’ stories and it’s an honor to have […]


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Tinseltown’s Top Experts Networking Event

02 May 2014 /
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Finance and Distribution Boot Camp Held For Area Filmmakers to Train and Network  So you finished your independent screenplay or movie.  Now what?  Who’s going to see it?  Your mom loves it – but is that enough?  How are you going to make money from it?  How are you going to repay your investors?  If […]


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Saluting the Women who serve via Fort Bliss

30 Apr 2014 /
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Many of us know Michelle Monaghan from the award winning show True Detective opposite Woody Harrelson, and for her run as Kimberly Woods on Boston Public.  This May, Monaghan will leave her high heels behind to don an Army uniform in her role as Army medic Maggie Swann in the GI Film Festival East Coast Premiere […]


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Hollywood Invades DC!

29 Apr 2014 /
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Attention Star-Gazers: May 19-25 prepare to pull out your telescopes to view some of the brightest stars in our nation’s capitol! Forget Orion’s Belt, we are talking about Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and SAG-AFTRA reps joining folks like actors David Arquette, Gary Sinise, Adam Driver, Melissa Fitzgerald and Michelle Monaghan with additional participants to […]


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Film Geek Obsesses over Military Films

27 Apr 2014 /
By Courtney Siegert /
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I’ll openly admit: I am a film geek. Growing up, film-viewing has been something I found solace and unending inspiration in. I recount times throughout schooling, that, having recently seen a moving film, I’d sit in class or walk through the halls paying no attention to my peers or my schoolwork – rather, recounting plots, […]


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