The GI Film Festival (GIFF), the nation’s premier festival exclusively dedicated to presenting the veteran experience through film, television and special events, ended its successful ninth annual festival in Washington, D.C. and Fairfax, VA today. The seven-day festival boasted a dynamic lineup of 60-plus films, interactive Q&As with filmmakers and on-screen talent, embassy soirees, live music, stand-up comedy, star-studded red carpets and awards ceremonies, to honor and lend a voice to the veteran community. Today’s selection included some talented film-makers of thought- provoking short films.
Directed by military veteran Regan Young, this dramatic short explores is based on true events and people in Afghanistan. Marza is the story of a U.S. Marine who befriends several Afghan children, which changes his life forever. The film successfully shows the connections that humans make across cultures, even in the most tenuous of circumstances. It is clear that all involved were invested in the story and the emotions in telling it. 29 minutes, Color, English. To contact this gifted film maker, please go to www.giff15.com
Directed by Matthew Edwards, this narrative thriller short portrays the struggles of two people trapped behind enemy lines in the closing months of WWII. An American takes a young German hostage, and forces him to lead the way to safety, only to be mistaken for Nazi soldiers when American soldiers encounter them. 21 minutes, Color, English. To contact this talented film maker, please go to www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoner/319771131378721
The Next Part
Directed by Erin Sanger, this documentary short explores a military family and a soldiers healing from traumatic injuries. Sergeant First Class Aaron Causey served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as an Army EOD specialist (military bomb squad). During his last tour, a homemade explosive detonated beneath him, causing Aaron to lose his legs, several fingers, and the majority of his testicles. Due to his genital injury, Aaron will need to be on testosterone replacement therapy for the rest of his life, a treatment which will eventually sterilize him. The film successfully details the couple embracing hope and recovery. The strength lies in the capture of this couple’s strong inter personal connection and belief in hope. 16 minutes, Color, English. To contact this film maker, please go to www.thenextpartmovie.com
Through the Dust
Directed by Jarrod Flood, this dramatic narrative short successfully details the events of a returning soldier, as he goes through the belongings of his father that passed away, all the while dealing with his lost familiar relationships. He attempts to find sense in his unraveling world. The film is a trans-formative look at devastating loss and someone reaching out can change a heart and a mind. 25 minutes, Color, English. To contact this film maker, please go to www.giff15.com
Directed by Henry Hughes, this suspenseful dramatic short film tells the story of a military interpreter, Feda, a thirty-year-old Afghan American woman pushed aside by her conservative community for being divorced with no kids. Taking control of her life, she uses her one marketable skill as a bilingual immigrant interpreter to gain her very first job. She returns to her birthplace, Afghanistan, as an interpreter for U.S. forces. On her first day, she must help deliver the baby of the pregnant wife of an IED maker. The film successfully portrays the heart-wrenching emotions involved in moral decisions, which are not black and white, through true to life cinematography, engaging acting and direction. This film-maker is one to watch in the near future. 25 minutes, Color, English. To contact this film maker, please go to www.dayonefilm.com
To find out more about the GI Film Festival, please go to their main website at www.gifilmfestival.com
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