[caption id=“attachment_2268” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“USO CEO & President Sloan Gibson greets actor Faizon Love at the ON PATROL launch party screening of Taking Chance at 2009's GI Film Festival.”][/caption] The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is back in DC for this fourth annual event designed specifically to “celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military through the medium of film.”
Last year saw the premiere of Taking Chance, a film starring Kevin Bacon that is inspired by the true events surrounding one Marine’s death and the military escort officer who returns him home. That screening kicked off the official launch of ON PATROL - The Magazine of the USO. The film Valkyrie also received a special screening just for wounded warriors courtesy of USO of Metropolitan Washington.
This year’s festival includes an equally fantastic lineup, including USO favorite Gary Sinise’s “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” which chronicles his band’s journey around the globe in support of our Troops. The documentary screens on Thursday, May 15th and is part of an entire evening dedicated to honoring wounded warriors. Tickets are still available.
The entire festival runs from Tuesday, May 11 through Sunday, May 16 and includes feature films, documentaries, shorts’ series, and discussion panels from actors, directors, and producers. There’s even a bootcamp for aspiring filmmakers.
Can’t make it to DC for the festivities? Be sure to check out the website for film trailers, the GIFF blog, and much more! And be sure to enjoy the official GIFF trailer below…