Entries by GI Film Festival

Honoring Wounded Warriors with Sébastien Paquet

Wounded Warriors, a film directed by Sébastien Paquet, documents a celebrity visit to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. Jonathan Davis, lead singer for the rock band Korn, narrates the visit with base personnel and wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Sébastien, the videographer for Korn, previously accompanied the band on a European tour. […]

Finding Souvenirs with Mara Pelecis

In Souvenirs: Healing After War, filmmaker Mara Pelecis delves into why her father, a Vietnam veteran, took his own life. She looks at his mental health issues and the possible link to his military service.  She finds healing through interviewing veterans and uncovering their own personal stories. Mara was inspired to tell her family’s story […]

A Look at Home from War with Steve Hartman

Two female Marines. wounded in Afghanistan, meet in a hospital in Germany and form a friendship in Home from War by Steve Hartman. After experiencing combat, they have difficulty in re-entering the world they left behind. After speaking with wounded service members while attending fundraisers, Steve was inspired to make the film. “When a soldier returns home […]

Searching for A Flicker in Eternity with Sharon Yamato

Sharon Yamato’s A Flicker in Eternity is based on the diary and letters of Stanley Hayami. The film chronicles the aspirations, witty observations, and disappointments of a Japanese-American teenager confined to an internment camp during much of WWII. Hayami volunteered for the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was sent to fight in Europe. Sharon was […]

Behind Missing Silence with Jonathan Mabee

Missing Silence by filmmaker Jonathan Mabee focuses on the difficulties faced by returning veterans as they try to rejoin civilian society. The film presents some of their innermost feelings as they cope with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A  Navy veteran himself, Jon attended a social event with a group of friends who had also served. […]

From Battlefields to Farmfields with Dulanie Ellis

Ground Operation: Battlefields to Farmfields by filmmaker Dulanie Ellis is a compelling story about veterans who have embraced new careers in organic farming and ranching – both to refocus their lives and help their communities. Dulanie was inspired to make the documentary after talking to founding members of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition. She was impressed by […]

Making Honorable Journey with Stephen Menick

In Honorable Journey, filmmaker Stephen Menick examines the plight of Japanese Americans who were relocated to internment camps  after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The film examines the emotional conflicts they experienced during their confinement. Even with their families confined, many Japanese Americans volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a highly decorated […]

Exploring Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed with Ryan Little

The Army’s 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team provides the context for Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed directed by Ryan Little. Parachuting into occupied France in 1944, three paratroopers become separated from their unit. They encounter members of the French Resistance, and at great personal peril, aid them in liberating captured resistance members. Ryan’s inspiration for the […]