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  • GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes! – Reel Stories. Real Heroes.
    Christmas You Don t Know The Glasses Forget Scarlet and I Did Not Forget You will take you from the outer space to the infinite dimensions of reality 5 40 PM Beyond Glory Documentary Feature Beyond Glory is adapted from Larry Smith s stirring book and presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II Korea and Vietnam rendering first hand accounts of valor which resulted in the nation s highest military award the Medal of Honor As a tribute to fallen soldiers Stephen Lang performed the show on military bases and gave a command performance on the floor of Congress nLang is most familiar to audiences as the vile Colonel Quaritch in Avatar 7 45 PM Best of Fest Award Show and Film Screenings Buy Tickets Comedy We got that Drama We got that Music We got that too The only thing that s missing is YOU Feel like VIP as you enter dressed to impress at our red carpet award ceremony Stay for drinks free food and entertainment from guitarist Dani Figeroua followed by the screening of The Fog The Long Way Bac k Stand and Naptown Funk This exclusive event is sponsored by Hardwire LLC American Heroes Channel and Geico Military SUNDAY MAY 29 The Angelika Film Center at Mosaic 10 00 AM Warrior Survival Film Block Tango On The Balcony Embedded Adventurmentalism Tender Healing Soul Wounds and Steel Leaves takes you deep into the minds of soldiers who live with the consequences of war every single day and for the rest of their lives See firsthand the pain combat experiencence as they strive to put their lives back together and the incredible resilience they demonstrate in overcoming the devastating effects of war and at times their own actions 10 30 AM Ride the Thunder Project Blue Light Film Block Who would have thought that two men from two opposing cultures America and Vietnam would come together despite the odds to take down a bigger enemy Communism Ride the Thunder A Vietnam War Story of Victory and Betrayal will have you questioning who is a friend and who is an enemy in this real life tale of two friends on opposite sides of the fences Feel the sadness the struggle the betrayal and even the camaraderie as two unlikely friends unite ironically on the battlefield 12 30 PM World Warriors Film Block War has plenty of named heroes It also has many unsung heroes who have gone to their graves gone but not forgotten Forced Landing and Known Unto God are documentaries paying homage to those who endured the pain of war and paved the way freedom but are not celebrated with conventional militaristic honors 1 00 PM Rising Fear Narrative Feature Rising Fear is an indie action thriller boiling with twists turns and a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy the US government and freedom itself Buckle in as writer director Tom Getty takes you on a roller coaster ride that starts with a bang and doesn t let up until its explosive finale 3 30 PM Warrior Stories Film Block War isn t always all bloodshed and missile strikes Sometimes it is simply survival hope and memoirs of days gone by We Answered The Call To Those Who Serve WETA Sponsor Film Canine Stories Mister Morvillo and Heroes On Deck WW2 On Lake Michigan will allow you to observe the mundaneness of military life which may not be all action but still is part of the greater mission 6 30 PM 13 Hours Screening and DVD Release Party with Cast For the ultimate Hollywood experience movie goers will walk down the red carpet to attend a special DVD release screening for the Michael Bay directed film 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi starring John Krasinski Pablo Schreiber Dominic Fumusa James Badge Dale and David Denman Special guests include Pablo Schreiber 13 Hours Orange Is the New Black The Brink Weeds Dominic Fumusa 13 Hours Nurse Jackie Law Order Special Victims Unit and the real life Benghazi warriors depicted in the film Kris Tanto Paronto John Tig Tiege n and Mark Oz Geist BE A GIFFX SPONSOR Learn how to get your company involved SEE GIFFX Schedule View 2016 Schedule of Events BUY 2016 GIFFX PASSES GIFFx Passes Now On Sale 2016 Diamond Sponsors Special Event The GI Film Festival is Coming to a Theater Near You on April 7th Rachel Marks March 11 2016 Over the last ten years we ve heard time and time again when are you bringing the GI Film Festival to my hometown Well now we have an answer April 7 2016 7 pm local time On that night and that night only the GI Film Festival will host a National Continue Reading Read More Uncategorized 50 Layers of Gray GI Film Festival August 6 2015 The GI Film Festival has partnered with West Point to host interns for the summer Meet one of them here By Sarah Gold As a Cadet at West Point you find yourself categorized by a number of forms and figures to which you are expected to conform From the outside everything looks uniform orderly and Continue Reading Read More Uncategorized Country bumpkin Cat lady and Cadet GI Film Festival August 6 2015 The GI Film Festival has partnered with West Point to host interns for the summer Here is a brief bio on one By Mackenzie Riford This morning I googled myself and then Frank O hara the results were vastly different While he gets web page after web page of results pertaining to his poetry I am reduced to Continue Reading Read More Featured GIFF News GI Film Group TUGG Inc Launch First Ever Community Screening Platform for Military Movies GI Film Festival October 7 2014 Military movie collection available for community screenings at veteran service organization events hospitals schools universities churches and community centers in time for Veteran s Day celebrations November 2014 Read More Featured News Partnerships Calling all Artists

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  • About – GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes!
    Festival Buy Passes Schedule Sponsors Travel Hotel Venues and Locations Sponsors Give Donate Donors GIFF Merchandise Get Involved Get In Touch Subscribe Sponsor a GIFF Event Donate Corporate Items Host a GIFF Event About Home About The GI Film Festival GIFF is a 501 c 3 non profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film The 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 Some of the films screened are voted on by fans Others are screened for the first time All will in some way express the courage and selflessness of our fighting men and women and the value of their work The GI Film Festival is open to filmmakers of every experience level from first timers to veteran directors and producers Prizes are awarded annually to winners in three main categories feature documentary and film shorts In addition to presenting feature documentary and short

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  • Our Team – GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes!
    awareness to ending sex trafficking She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and English Literature from the United States Military Academy at West Point Film and TV credits include executive producing a series on the Discovery Military Channel executive producing a feature documentary that aired on AXS TV and producing a series for The Pentagon Channel Close Laura Law Millett Co Founder Director Linda Lowry Close Linda Lowry Director of Hospitality Services and VIP Guests Brandon Millett Brandon Millett is an award winning communicator writer producer and media entrepreneur Millett is currently the CEO of the GI Film Group which supports military themed film and television projects and Co Founder and President of the GI Film Festival a national non profit organization dedicated to tell the stories of American veterans The GI Film Festival is now in its seventh year of operations In recognition for his creative work Millett is the co recipient of the 2010 American Legion National Commander s Public Relations Award previously presented to the late Tim Russert Tom Brokaw Lou Dobbs and the late Jack Valenti to name a few On behalf of the GI Film Festival Millett also accepted the 2012 Carlton Sherwood Media Award from the National Blind Veterans Foundation and the 2007 George Washington Valley Forge Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation Millett is the Executive Producer of a weekly television series currently airing on The Pentagon Channel TPC which is broadcast to every military base worldwide inside the Pentagon and to 34 million homes via cable satellite television Millett is also the Executive Producer of a primetime television series that aired on the Discovery Network s Military Channel in 2010 Through the GI Film Group Millett has numerous projects in various stages of development As a communications and media professional Millett has advised a variety of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to non profit start ups Millett s media campaigns have earned coverage from virtually every major news outlet worldwide including ABC CBS NBC FOX CNN The Associated Press The New York Times The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian to name a few As a spokesperson Millett conducted hundreds of interviews on national radio and television programs from Dennis Miller to NPR s To the Point to Fox and Friends while his written work has appeared in numerous top publications including The Chicago Tribune USA Today and the Baltimore Sun Millett previously served as Director of Communications the nation s largest government watchdog organization Millett also previously worked for The Leadership Institute an organization that trains young people for success in politics and the media Millett holds a Bachelor s Degree in Business Administration and a Master s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Political Psychology Millett also studied theater and acting privately with Anthony Abeson and at HB Studios in New York Close Brandon Millett Co founder and President Darin Selnick Darin Selnick is an independent consultant who provides a variety of services to organizations in

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  • GI Film Festival Advisory Committee – GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes!
    celebrities such as Gary Sinise Tom Selleck Patricia Heaton Angie Harmon Katharine McPhee and more A veteran of the U S Army s 82d Airborne Division with 12 years of military service Jonathan is on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival He received his B S A and M S A from Ohio University was a radio sports broadcaster and as the Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships with the World Wrestling Federation Jonathan produced and directed television segments and commercials appearing on ESPN USA Network and the WWF Syndicated Network LamplightEnt com Close Jonathan Flora Veteran Producer Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment Todd Flournoy Todd Flournoy is a veteran government affairs executive who is the Owner and President of The Flournoy Group LLC a boutique government relations and public policy firm primarily focused on the representation of entertainment clients before the Administration Congress and state and local entities With more than eighteen years of senior level experience in both federal and state government and the entertainment industry Todd has developed an extensive network of federal state and local relationships throughout the country The Flournoy Group combines this network substantive expertise and supplemental resources drawn from a roster of specialized partner consultants to develop and execute comprehensive advocacy strategies specifically tailored for each client s specific needs to achieve optimal results The Flournoy Group helps entertainment industry clients strategically navigate the complexities of the political arena in Washington D C as well as those at the state and local level to leverage their creative talent for maximum issue awareness and impact Building on the experience and extensive relationships of its principal The Flournoy Group provides the strategic connection necessary to understand navigate and most effectively harness the power at the nexus of Hollywood and Washington The counsel and advocacy provided complements and enhances an entertainment client s existing agent manager and publicist relationships to deliver maximum results in the political and public policy arena The Flournoy Group represents its clients before The White House Congress Federal Agencies and state and local bodies The Flournoy Group represents the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists SAG AFTRA in its federal advocacy and public policy in Washington and serves as a strategic consulting partner on entertainment industry and government relations to the Entertainment Industries Council Inc EIC the pioneering non profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders in the entertainment industry to provide information awareness and understanding of major health and social issues among the entertainment industries and to audiences at large through accurate depictions of issues presented in entertainment productions The Flournoy Group also serves in an advisory capacity to the Impact Film and Arts Fund and the GI Film Festival and is a partner of the Artists and Athletes Alliance Prior to the Flournoy Group LLC Todd served as Vice President and Senior Counsel for Federal Affairs and Policy for the Motion Picture Association of America Inc MPAA where he handled a wide variety of federal policy matters relating to all aspects of the motion picture industry and served as a principal liaison to all federal agencies on all matters affecting member company film production issues including immigration regulatory compliance and outreach He previously worked in MPAA s State Legislative Affairs division managing state legislative issues affecting the film industry and developing relationships with key state executives and legislative leaders in all fifty states Prior to joining the MPAA Todd worked at a senior level as a Presidential Appointee at the U S Department of Labor in the Clinton Administration as a senior staff member of the U S Department of Justice and as a Congressional staff member Mr Flournoy is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia He is a member of the Virginia State Bar the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association A native of Richmond Virginia Mr Flournoy earned his B A and J D from the University of Virginia Close Todd Flournoy President of The Flournoy Group LLC Brandon K Hogan Mr Brandon Hogan started working in the film business from the ground up Hogan came to Los Angeles with a passion for movie making and a desire to learn about every aspect of the process In the pursuit of this goal he obtained experience and success in numerous film making positions In 1991 on the ABC mini series Son of The Morning Star he won an Emmy for his creative participation Hogan also worked in Technical Operation at Warner Bros from 1995 1999 on over forty features such as Heat Mars Attacks Space Jam Batman Robin and The Matrix While at Warner Bros Hogan established an independent production company Blue Marlin Productions with a moderate equity fund in 1999 Blue Marlin Productions has overseen the financing of 15 independent features and produced the company s first features Dominion Girl and Border to Border In 2002 2004 Hogan established an array of development deals with production companies at Warner Bros such as Steve Reuther Bel Air Entertainment The Wachowski s Chris O Donnell George Street Productions and John Milius Productions In 2004 Hogan co founded Paradox Pictures in a partnership with the Newhouse publishing family Conde Naste Hogan operates all aspects of the business from production to film sales Paradox Pictures raised the financing and produced or executive produced multiple projects including the features Memory Afghan Knights Murder World Let The Game Begin 1 Out Of 7 and Half Past Dead along with the television projects Lightning Strikes Hammer of The Gods Ghost Town and Bunyan for NBC Universal SyFy Channel Paradox Pictures has also established deals in the past with Sony Pictures MGM and Warner Bros Digital Distribution Furthermore Paradox Pictures also established a production service branch which is located in Vancouver BC Canada The branch is involved with an array of US based production companies including Kickstart Productions and Arc Entertainment Hogan is represented by the William Morris Endeavor talent agency In 2009 Hogan established an equity fund that would operate like a bond company and assist un bonded productions that had gone over budget This division of Hogan s company took control of 10 feature films and supervised the completion of those films through re shoots post production and supervision of sales domestic and foreign Hogan has strong relationships in the financing world with organizations and private equity including The Allen Company JP Morgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Canada To date Hogan has raised and managed over 55 million dollars for the projects he funded and produced In 2010 Hogan was invited by the Lieutenant Governor of Montana to be on an advisory board to establish a film tax incentive in order to attract film and TV projects to the Big Sky state In 2014 Hogan was tasked to do the same for the Chairmen of the House of Delegates in the Commonwealth of Virginia More recently Hogan has served as the Executive Producer for Field of Lost Shoes a 2014 released Civil War drama featuring Tom Skerritt David Arquette and Jason Isaacs Hogan is also the Executive Producer for the upcoming Don Peyote starring Anne Hathaway and the Kevin Smith directed comedy Yoga Hosers starring Johnny Depp Hogan is not afraid to get his hands dirty including producing two documentaries on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan for the DOD and was embedded with combat forces From those contacts and experiences he has established extraordinary relationships with US Army Special Forces and Navy Special Warfare SEALS units Hogan was invited to be an attendee in a think tank in Washington DC that was relative to the US Military in 2009 regarding media and Department of Defense interaction In 2012 Hogan was honored by the 3rd Special Forces Commanding General with the Civilian Patriotic Service Citation Hogan is an experienced pilot and is actively involved in the aviation community He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School AMP program AMP 186 and a graduate of Rocky Mountain College which is located in his hometown Billings MT In 2008 Hogan was honored with an Honorary Doctorate from Rocky Mountain College for his ongoing commitment to the school But most importantly Hogan remains a devoted father to his two sons Jett 12 and Reef 10 Close Brandon K Hogan Executive Producer Michele S Jones Michele S Jones is a member of the Senior Executive Service and was appointed under the Obama Administration as the Director of External Veterans Military Affairs and Community Outreach on January 1 2012 She is responsible for developing strategies operational plans policies and issuing pertinent guidelines and instructions for recruiting hiring and retaining women veterans military spouses and homeless veterans in support of the President s Veterans Employment Initiative and the First Lady s Military Families Initiative She works in concert with the White House on the President s challenge to the private sector to hire 100 000 Veterans including developing partnerships with private sector entities to support hiring veterans and their families Specializing and creating innovative relationships with non traditional entities to educate businesses on the advantages of hiring veterans Additionally she serves as the United States Office of Personnel Management liaison and representative on the First Lady s Joining Forces Initiative She works jointly with other agencies in continuing the progress of implementing the President s Executive Order on Veterans Employment in the federal government She has held several key positions since joining the Administration from December 2010 December 2011 she served as the Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to both the Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness and the Principal Deputy under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness Her responsibilities included providing advice and assistance on the development of an implementation strategy for Personnel and Readiness for organizational efficiency providing leadership strategic thinking and advice on approaches and opportunities to support Veterans Wounded Warrior III and Injured Programs She established close and effective relationships throughout the Department of Defense DoD Joint Staff Secretaries of Military and Directors of Defense Agencies and conducts numerous complex and high special assignments of high level subjects critical to DoD She was selected for a special detail to the United States Office of Personnel Management in support of the President s Veteran s Employment Initiative and the First Lady s Military Families Initiative From July 2009 until December 2010 she was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison In that capacity she was responsible for the management of the Department of Defense staffing recruitment vetting and clearance process for political sensitive positions boards and commission appointments She was the Principal DoD contact with the Presidential Personnel Office White House Military Office and the Principal DoD liaison for the White House Political Affairs Office the White House Intergovernmental Affairs and the President s Council on Women and Girls Ms Jones conducted special projects as determined by the Offices of the President Vice President First Lady and other White House Agencies Additionally she conducted the final review and approval of all OSD Defense Agency Army Navy and Air Force headquarters level consultants and expert actions In her military career she was the 9th Command Sergeant Major CSM of the Army Reserve from October 2002 through August 2006 She retired on March 1 2007 after 25 years of service in both the active and reserve component She distinguished herself as being the first woman selected as class president at the United States Sergeants Major Academy Class 48 the first woman to serve as a division CSM and culminating as the first woman to serve as the CSM of any of the Army s Components Active or Reserve Prior to her retirement she held the highest Noncommissioned Officer position of any woman in the Army A career Soldier Ms Jones held many positions of leadership responsibility from squad leader section leader Platoon Sergeant First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major She has served during every major contingency operation including Operations Desert Shield Storm Restore Hope Provide Comfort Joint Endeavor Nobel Eagle Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom She toured extensively throughout Bosnia Kosovo Iraq Afghanistan Kuwait Qatar and Uzbekistan Ms Jones has been featured in multiple newspapers and magazines around the world including Ebony Jet and was highlighted in Essence Magazine s Anniversary Edition as 1 of 35 of the World s Most Remarkable Women She has appeared on the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Show Black Entertainment Television BET Steve Harvey Morning Show and numerous radio stations Additionally she has served as a panelist at several universities across the nation and at the Women Shaping the World Summit in New York City Ms Jones is continuously invited as a keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies the military and numerous diverse civilian and non profit organizations She is the 2005 recipient of the NAACP Meritorious Service Award the only enlisted service member to receive the award in the NAACP history She was selected to serve as a panelist in 2010 for the Major League Baseball s Annual Civil Rights Panel and was honored by the Atlanta City Council for Women s Equality Day In 2009 she received both the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Inc Spirit of Democracy Lifetime Achievement Award the Ford Foundation s Freedom s Sister Award and the Fullwood Foundation s President s Award and is the 2011 recipient of the National Congress of Black Women s Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award She was selected to speak at the Democratic National Convention and served as a surrogate speaker throughout the country during the Presidential campaign for then Senator Barack Obama She continues to serve the community youth and the elderly as a motivational speaker for both the civilian community and the Army s Planning For life Program speaking to over 45 000 middle and high school students in the U S and abroad from 2007 2009 She is a facilitator for the Family Leadership Institute conducting workshops to help parents become leaders in their homes Additionally she is a principle agent for the Army s H3 Program Healing Helping Hiring Wounded Warriors and continues to be an advocate and speaker for the military She is President and CEO of The Bones Theory Group L L C Some of her awards include the Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal Army Parachutist Badge German Army Forces Airborne Wings and Royal Thai Airborne Wings Ms Jones has a Bachelor of Science Degree Cum Laude in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University a constituent Institution of the University of North Carolina She is currently pursuing a Master s Degree in Management and International Relations Close Michele S Jones Director of External Veterans Military Affairs and Community Outreach Jay Kopelman Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman is the Executive Director of Freedom Is Not Free a San Diego based non profit that provides financial assistance to wounded veterans and active duty service members and their families and to the families of veterans who have been killed in action LtCol Kopelman began his military career in the US Navy in1985 training to become a Naval Aviator he transferred to the Marine Corps in 1992 where he became a forward air controller and earned his gold naval parachutist wings His last assignment was as the Deputy Director for advisor training at Camp Pendleton In 2004 as the Special Operations Forces Liaison Officer for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force I MEF LtCol Kopelman was deployed to Iraq to train the Iraqi Special Forces the SSF In October he was assigned as the liaison officer to an Iraqi Army battalion and they entered Fallujah in November to battle insurgents for control of the city Subsequently LtCol Kopelman served as the I MEF liaison officer to a joint special operations task force and as a liaison officer to the Iraqi border forces the Desert Wolves at the Syrian and Jordanian borders Speaking to audiences about his experience in Iraq he also addresses his journey of leadership and his perspectives on current world events terrorism and how politics will affect Iraq and the world Additionally Kopelman is well versed on the effects of PTSD and the resultant casualties of this debilitating and insidious disease He speaks to these issues as well as the increasing rates of suicide substance abuse and homelessness among our veterans and what can be done to help them and has become an advocate for these causes LtCol Kopelman is the San Diego NBC TV affiliate s military expert and appears frequently on television to discuss breaking stories events and issues of importance to the military and veterans He has authored two books The New York Times and international bestselling memoir From Baghdad With Love A Marine the War and a Dog Named Lava and From Baghdad to America Life Lessons From a Dog NamedLava LtCol Kopelman is a sought after radio and television guest and has appeared on and co hosted shows on both terrestrial and satellite radio He serves on the Advisory Board of the Virtual Reality Medical Center a San Diego based company with offices in Los Angeles and Palo Alto CA that has been using simulation technologies to treat returning combat veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD via graded exposure therapy LtCol Kopelman previously served on the board of directors of the Enduring Freedom Killed in Action Fund He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami Coral Gables Florida LtCol Kopelman is a competitive bicyclist racing for the UC Cyclery JW Floors team in San Diego He and his wife an anthropologist are avid surfers who live happily in San Diego with their children and pets Close Jay Kopelman Board Member Former Executive Director of Freedom Is Not Free Naresh Malik Naresh is also a Consultant with Spark Compass a contextually intelligent hyper location communications platform Most recently Naresh served as President for Media Creative Services and Global Sales at Reliance Mediaworks a

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  • GIFF Newsroom – GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes!
    RELEASES Read the latest media alerts about GIFF15 For press inquiries please email press gifilmfestival com March 11 2016 Fathom Events in partnership with GI Film Group presents The GI Film Festival Cinematic Salute to the Troops on Thursday April 7 2016 at 7 00 p m local time Hosted by Jamie Kaler The American Heroes Channel with special appearances by Adam Driver Star Wars The Force Awakens Girls Gary Sinise Forrest Gump Apollo 13 and others the event also includes an exclusive sneak peek of GI Film Festival X the festival s 10th annual event and the upcoming military apocalyptic feature Range 15 written and produced by veterans of the U S military Read more MAY 6 2015 GI Film Festival Announces North American Premiere of Kajaki The True Story Special Red Carpet and Q A Appearances by Director Paul Katis and Veterans Andy Barlow GM Cameron Hystad and Jason Broline Whose Story Inspired the Film Read more APRIL 15 2015 The Nation s Only Military Film Festival Announces Complete Lineup for 2015 Program includes appearances by Gary Sinise and Linda Powell along with Premieres of War Pigs and Kajaki The True Story Read more OCTOBER 7 2014 GI

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  • Best of Festival Winners – GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes!
    Manalo Best Documentary Short Travis A Soldier s Story directed By Jonathon Link Best Documentary Feature Rickover directed by Michael Pack Founder s Choice Riding My Way Back directed By Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum American Heroes Channel Award Forgotten Flag Raisers directed by Dustin Spence Best Original Screenplay Christmas Leave written by David Brock Best Music Video Nothing Real Directed By Reed Simonsen 2013 Best Short Short Fallout directed by Peter Carruthers Best Student Film Choice directed by Michael Chan Best International Film Gefallen directed by Christoph Schuler Best Narrative Short The Fifth Horseman directed by Kari Barber Best Documentary Short The Real Inglorious Bastards directed by Min Sook Lee Best Documentary Feature Honor Flight directed by Dan Hayes Founder s Choice 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf directed by Matthew Nash 2012 Best Documentary Feature Lost Airmen of Buchenwald directed by Mike Dorsey Best Documentary Short Survive Recover Live directed by Ivan Kander Best International Film Bridges A Living Graphic Novel directed by Miguel Pate Best Narrative Feature Memorial Day directed by Sam Fischer Best Narrative Short 8 46 directed by Jennifer Gargano Best Short Short Jockstrap Raiders directed by Mark Nelson Best Student Film Stateside directed by Stateside directed by Jacob J Tanenbaum Founder s Choice Award The Red Machine directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm The Military Channel Award The Borinqueneers directed by Noemi Figueroa Soulet 2011 Best Documentary Feature Patrol Base Jaker directed by David Scantling Best Documentary Short Last to Leave directed by Pat Clark Best International Film Bridges The Telegram Man Australia directed by James Khehtie Best Narrative Feature Flag of My Father directed by Rodney Ray Best Narrative Short A Marine s Guide to Fishing directed by Nicholas Brennan Best Student Film Thule directed by Robert Scott Wildes Founder s Choice Award The

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  • GIFFX – GI Film Festival 2016 – Celebrating 10 Years of Military Filmmaking – GI Film Festival | Reel Stories! Real Heroes!
    lives during Hurricane Katrina These stories bridge the connection between lessons of past and legends of today and demonstrate for all generations how courage and conviction shape the future Close Gary Sinise Foundation Serving Honor and Need The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women As they return to civilian life the physical emotional and psychological challenges they face are often difficult As citizens supporting the heroes of our nation is a responsibility each of us must carry The Gary Sinise Foundation works to ensure the sacrifices of America s defenders and their families are never forgotten In 2012 the Gary Sinise Foundation began building custom Smart Homes for America s severely wounded veterans through its Building for America s Bravest partner program Each Smart Home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face In 2013 the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R I S E Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment program For more than a decade Gary Sinise the Lt Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops As a part of the Foundation the band is raising spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide Through its Invincible Spirit Festivals the Gary Sinise Foundation is boosting the morale at military medical centers across the country These daylong celebrations provide a respite from the rigors of rehabilitation for the hospital s patients staff and families The Relief Resiliency Outreach program is providing complete support to those recovering from trauma injury and loss during times of urgent need The Foundation is also providing financial support and training to America s firefighters police departments and EMTs through its First Responders Outreach program Additionally the Gary Sinise Foundation is showing appreciation through Serving Heroes a program providing hearty classic American meals to our defenders across the country The Arts Entertainment Outreach program now includes the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge In 2015 the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum and documents their first hand accounts of the war for future generations Close Magellan Federal At Magellan we have decades of experience serving the needs of the Federal Government our active and veteran service members and their families We are driving results in the most complex areas of healthcare to provide comprehensive cohesive and seamless behavioral health EAP and Work Life services to those who serve From mental health and family counseling to substance abuse programs and programs focused on sexual trauma Magellan recognizes the unique needs of each branch of the service and Federal agencies Providing solutions to the Federal Government since 1992 Magellan is a founding member of Hero Health Hire and a proud employer of our nation s veterans We are committed to the well being of our Federal government employees our military service members and their families in all theaters Magellan brings specific focus and expertise to solving some of the most complex challenges associated with supporting an individual s behavioral health needs Suicide Prevention PTSD and TBI Depression Insomnia Substance abuse Female sexual trauma Non medical counseling Employee Assistance Programs Magellan is setting out to dramatically change how consumers obtain access to care by meeting emerging self guided self driven and self paced preferences for care Through our Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CCBT programs we offer an enhancement to traditional telephonic and face to face care This proven quality web based platform has been shown to decrease the need for higher levels of care increase access to preventative behavioral health programs and reduce the need for medication often used to address symptoms CCBT web based programs are available in the following areas Depression Substance Use Anxiety Insomnia Obsessive compulsive disorder To learn more about our dedication to the Federal and military workforce and their families please visit www MagellanFederal com or contact us at FederalSales magellanhealth com Close Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures Corporation PPC a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment is a unit of Viacom NYSE VIA VIA B a leading content company with prominent and respected film television and digital entertainment brands The company s labels include Paramount Pictures Paramount Vantage Paramount Classics MTV Films Nickelodeon Movies and DreamWorks Studios PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment Paramount Home Entertainment Paramount Pictures International Paramount Licensing Inc Paramount Studios and Worldwide Television Distribution Close USAA USAA provides a full range of highly competitive financial products and services to the military community and their families And our world class employees are personally committed to delivering excellent service and great guidance Close Gold Sponsors Got Your Six GIFFX Gold Sponsor Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites the entertainment industry with top veteran focused nonprofits to change the conversation in America so that veterans and military families are perceived as leaders and civic assets Close PBS Stories of Service PBS and our member stations are America s largest classroom the nation s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world In addition PBS s educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age appropriate way Stories of Courage Stories of Sacrifice Stories of Service PBS has joined efforts with trusted public media partners to bring you Stories of Service a multi platform initiative that unites powerful stories and conversations around one of our country s most resilient communities our military veterans As part of PBS commitment to sharing stories important to our communities and our world Stories of Service will connect programming and online initiatives tied to military service across public media PBS viewers will be able to hear the stories and experiences of veterans as told through PBS extensive pipeline of documentaries and specials and through original digital content coming directly from PBS member stations Programming highlights include Coming Back with Wes Moore National Memorial Day Concert D Day 360 The programs featured as part of Stories of Service tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation s military history said Paula Kerger PBS President and CEO As America s storyteller we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs Across the public television community stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families Get Started Browse a list of shows and films available to watch on PBS right now And join the conversation in social media using ServiceStoriesPBS Close Silver Sponsors American Legion GIFFX Silver Sponsor The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness It is the nation s largest wartime veterans service organization committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities advocating patriotism and honor promoting strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time American Legion Baseball is one of the nation s most successful amateur athletic programs educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship citizenship and fitness The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families providing them with comfort items and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities The American Legion is a nonpartisan not for profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill Legionnaires sense of obligation to community state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation s veterans community backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership The American Legion s success depends entirely on active membership participation and volunteerism The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives Close Booz Allen Hamilton Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 100 years Today Booz Allen is a le ading provider of management consulting technology and engineering services to the US government in defense intelligence and civil markets and to major corporations institutions and not for profit organizations Established in 2006 Interactive Government Holdings IGH is a Verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business SDVOSB A prime contractor specializing in providing full service professional solutions to Federal agencies Close Interactive Government Established in 2006 Interactive Government Holdings IGH is a Verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business SDVOSB A prime contractor specializing in providing full service professional solutions to Federal 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