GIFF Success Stories

GIFF Success StoriesThe official world premiere of Flat Daddy occurred at DOC NYC, the non-fiction film festival curated by Thom Powers at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan, on November 6, 2011.  Flat Daddy played to a sold out crowd, and three of the four military families featured in the film were able to join us for the screening.

After DOC NYC, Variety wrote: “… this in-depth documentary offers a unique perspective on the cost of war.”  The International Documentary Association‘s online magazine added that: “Flat Daddy captures the lesser-told story of everyday Americans fighting the war within.”  The Military Times, which ran just before the 2011 GIFF, concluded: “Flat Daddy is an intimate portrait of the sacrifice and struggle of those left behind.  More than an exposé on the strange practice of poster-board parents, it’s an embed into the living room trenches and bedroom bunkers where real life must somehow continue.”

Directing Partners, Betsy Nagler, and Nara Garber were interviewed on Fox News’ America’s News HQ at the end of last year’s GIFF.  They were also featured on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade and Friends after DOC NYC.

Listen to the interviews here:

In 2012, the film will screen at the Atlanta Film Festival in March-April of this year, and a series of community outreach & engagement screenings will be produced this Spring.


GIFF Success StoriesAfter the 2011 GI Film Festival, Pat’s film, “The Last to Leave”, was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Student EMMY Award.  The Last to Leave documents the final day of the Vietnam War through the eyes of those who lived it.

The film was also accepted and screened at:

Temecula Valley International Film Festival:

DocUtah Documentary Film Festival:

To learn more about the film and upcoming screenings and discussions, visit:


GIFF Success StoriesSince the 2011 GI Film Festival,OPERATION: Emotional Freedom continues to sell and be screened worldwide.

The film was the catalyst for the international 11/11 PTSD & Trauma Awareness Day Event held in more than ten countries and scores of communities worldwide.  It was featured in presentations to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on the treatment of PTSD.  The film continues to generate community-wide discussions and inspire more and more communities to screen the film anywhere veteran’s issues are the topic.

“OPERATION: Emotional Freedom” is also used to introduce successful therapy for PTSD in VA centers, clinics and hospitals including Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Active duty troops in Afghanistan watch and circulate copies of the feature length film as well, taking its message of healing and hope home with them upon discharge. To date, over 5,000 copies have been distributed.

Organizations representing combat veterans can obtain complementary copies by contacting the producer directly at [email protected]