2016 GI Film Festival Begins This Weekend

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This weekend the DC area will play host to the 2016 GI Film Festival.  If (by chance) the event is unfamiliar to you, its a festival which (as the name states) dedicates itself to sharing the military experience in and out the of the arena of war.  Distinguished as the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film, GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.  Continue reading “2016 GI Film Festival Begins This Weekend”

The 2015 GI Film Festival (GIFF) Commences This Week

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That right! Starting Monday, the 9th Annual GI Film Festival will ship into our nation’s capitol!  Launched back in 2007, the mission of the festival has always been to allow artists to tell the story of our great troops; more specifically, their successes and their sacrifices. Since that time, the festival has developed into one of the nation’s premiere events for the screening of military films. Continue reading “The 2015 GI Film Festival (GIFF) Commences This Week”

2014 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: ‘Heroes Then & Now’ Red Carpet

 

LONE SURVIVOR actor/writer Marcus Luttrell and            director Peter Berg on the “Heroes Then & Now” Red        Carpet at the 2014 GI Film Festival. Photo Credit: Vithaya Phongsavan

As you well know, last week I was fortunate to be on hand again at this year’s GI Film Festival. With such a variety of film selections available to its attendees, there was a lot to choose from in the way of films depicting the subject of war and the military. Therefore to cap off my coverage of the festival, I attended the “Heroes Then and Now” event last Saturday (Day 6 of the festival, if you’re still keeping track). As luck would have it, that night not only included the festival’s Best Of Festival Awards, it also included a dedication to the film, LONE SURVIVOR. Continue reading “2014 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: ‘Heroes Then & Now’ Red Carpet”

2014 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Gary Sinise

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World Premieres aside, the GI Film Festival saw each of its festival days focus on specific themes related to military life and/or ideals.  Friday (or Day 5), for example, was devoted to honoring Hollywood Patriots as well as the late actor, James Gandolfini.  To further highlight these themes, festival selections, THE FIRST MOTION PICTURE UNIT: WHEN HOLLYWOOD WENT TO WAR and TRAVIS: A SOLDIER’S STORY, took center stage as the films featured for that night.  In addition, actor Gary Sinise was also on hand as a keynote speaker and presenter for the event. Continue reading “2014 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Gary Sinise”

2014 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: FIELD OF LOST SHOES’ David Arquette!

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Earlier this week, the 8th Annual GI Film Festival saw the war feature, FIELD OF LOST SHOES, make its world premiere at the Old Town Theater in Alexandria.  Directed by Sean McNamara, the film tells the true story of a group of young cadets in the Confederacy who are ordered into battle to protect Shenandoah Valley (the breadbasket of the South) from the Northern forces during the Civil War.  While at the premiere, I caught with up with one of the film’s stars, actor David Arquette, to discuss the film.  Continue reading “2014 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: FIELD OF LOST SHOES’ David Arquette!”

2014 GI Film Fest (GIFF) Kicks Off This Week!

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As was the case last May, tomorrow the DC Metropolitan area will play host to the 8th Annual GI Film Festival!  Created in 2007, this festival (as stated by the Founders) was made with one simple purpose in mind: to let artists tell the story of our troops, their successes and their sacrifices.  Though the festival has yet to reach its ten-year mark, it has accomplished a great deal since its creation, bringing the subject matter of war and the brave troops who fight them to the forefront.  Continue reading “2014 GI Film Fest (GIFF) Kicks Off This Week!”

GIFF 2013: Exclusive Interview w/ Mark Valley!!

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Following the “First Look” Hollywood screening of Ron Maxwell’s COPPERHEADReel Film News had a chance to speak with actor, Mark Valley.  Currently playing on ABC’s Body of Proof,  Mr. Valley has put together an impressive body of work in not only film, Continue reading “GIFF 2013: Exclusive Interview w/ Mark Valley!!”

GIFF 2013: Exclusive Interview w/ Mykelti Williamson!!

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On Day 4 of the GI FILM FESTIVALReel Film News was in attendance as the “Wounded Warrior Appreciation Night” commenced at the AMC Hoffman Theater in Alexandria, Virginia.  Featuring a screening of IRON MAN 3, the event also included an appearance by renowned actor/director Mykelti Williamson.  Well-known for his extensive movie and  television work in films such as HEAT, CON AIRALI, LUCKY  Continue reading “GIFF 2013: Exclusive Interview w/ Mykelti Williamson!!”

GIFF 2013: Exclusive Interview w/ David James Elliott!

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This past week, the nation’s capitol played host to the 7th Annual GI Film Festival; a festival whose mission (through the medium of film) involves sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war.  On day 3 of the Festival, special guest David James Elliott was on hand at the festival which took place (that night) at the Canadian Embassy.  Though he is most remembered as the Continue reading “GIFF 2013: Exclusive Interview w/ David James Elliott!”

GI Film Fest Kicks Off Today!

GIFF-LogoStarted back in 2007, this unique film festival was started (as stated by the Founders) for one reason:  to let artists tell the story of our great troops, their successes and their sacrifices.  Though this year will only mark the film festival’s seventh year, it has accomplished notable successes in that short time, distinguishing itself as the nation’s most significant venue for the screening of military films.  Continue reading “GI Film Fest Kicks Off Today!”