If you’re one of the lucky 57 million people that receive the Military Channel, a Discovery Communications network that is devoted to military subjects, then you will have a front row seat to a series of award-winning films from the G.I. Film Festival. The G.I. Film Festival, which is based in Arlington, VA, recently announced a new partnership with the Military Channel so that viewers around the country will have unprecedented exposure to the festival’s most successful and compelling productions.
Beginning Veterans Day weekend, the G.I. Film Festival’s documentary and narrative films showcase themes that affect American GIs who continue to serve and sacrifice for their nation. These moving films explore not only the struggles on the battlefield but also the struggles of homelessness and post-traumatic stress affecting servicemen and women after they return home.
Here is the schedule for “Best of the GI Film Festival” on the Military Channel:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 from 9-11 PM ET
Bymelding field interviews from 1970 with retrospective interviews from 35 years later, “Shakey’s Hill” explores not only the events leading to this successful mission but the effects of war decades later. Shakey’s Hill, winner of the 2007 GI Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award, is produced and directed by Norman Lloyd.
“The Surge: The Untold Story”
The Military Channel Documentary Award winner at the 2010 GI Film Festival, “The Surge: The Untold Story”, offers a look into the real story of the troop surge in Iraq, as told by top U.S. military commanders, policy makers and soldiers on the ground. The film is presented by the Institute for the Study of War, in association with The Stevens & Schriefer Group with Kim Kagan and Russ Schriefer as executive producers and Jason Killian Meath as director.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 from 9-11 PM ET
“Triangle of Death”
Told by the Marines who saw it firsthand, this is the story of the triangle of death and how its people chose to participate in Iraq’s first democratic national elections. Triangle of Death is produced by Wolf Dog Films with Folleh Tamba as director, Juan Montelongo and Thomas Hartmann as producers.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 from 9-11 PM ET
“L-Bird: The Little Plane that Did”
Hosted by Academy-award winning actor Cliff Robertson, “L-Bird: The Little Plane that Did”, profiles this little-known but heralded warplane, which earned a reputation as the deadliest plane used in WWII. Produced by On Air Media from the Drury TV Studios with Brian Shipman as director.
“God and Country”
“God and Country” is a dramatic film portraying a team of three Americans who put their lives on the line to stop a German plot in WWII by putting their lives on the line. It is the winner of the “Best Narrative Short” at the 2008 GI Film Festival and is executive produced and directed by Daniel Piatt.
For more information on the G.I. Film Festival, which is held annually in Washington, DC., check out their website.