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US Extraction in Tears of the Sun: Summer At Ease

08 Aug 2014 /
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By Samson Imonode I look forward to re-watching this movie a couple times this summer.  It’s perfect film to re-examine the US’s humanitarian and foreign policy in Africa. In Tears of the Sun, Lieutenant A.K Waters (Bruce Willis) and his seal team enter a war zone in Nigeria as the country has a civil war. […]


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Two Decades Since Forrest Gump Changed our Lives

04 Aug 2014 /
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“Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. – Forrest Gump   With its memorable lines and overall heartwarming story, Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump (1994) really is a film for all with dozens of significant messages that reach out to countless viewers. This year is extremely […]


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A Look Ahead at The interview

30 Jul 2014 /
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By Samson Imonde Although Kim Jong-un has complained to the U.N and demanded the movie’s production be ceased—calling it terrorism and an act of war—The Interview is still scheduled to be released in October. When Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) find North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is a fan of […]


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Twenty-five Years of Glory

29 Jul 2014 /
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By Scott Filbert In 1989 the world saw George H. W. Bush take office, the Dalai Lama win the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Tiananmen Square riots where students fought and died for democracy. The year also held the unification of Berlin, the first Simpsons episode on TV, and the release of the Nintendo Gameboy. […]


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Cadets Share their Dreams about Life after the Academy

28 Jul 2014 /
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This is the conclusion to the two part series on the backgrounds of the summer interns from USMA at the GI Film Festival. These cadets represent three different backgrounds with three different goals in life. The one common factor is that all will graduate from the United States Military Academy and become the future leaders […]


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GIFF’s Summer At Ease

24 Jul 2014 /
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By Scott Filbert During this summer lull, this in-between time, this families on vacation time, and kids in the street time, we at the GI Film Festival want to share ways to enjoy the final dog days of July and August. We wish we could be on a tropical island somewhere, but in reality, we are in our offices […]


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Military Leadership Training through Film

22 Jul 2014 /
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The first of two stories about three West Point Cadets spending their summer academic internship at the  GI Film Festival. Meet Scott In the downtime of my high school years, my friends and I would make movies. One person would come up with a terrible idea and we’d shoot it. We called ourselves “Uh Oh […]


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Why Film?

17 Jul 2014 /
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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 /
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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 /
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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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