While emotionally deranged and intellectually challenged Hollywood actresses are asked to speak at college commencements, like Jessica Lange's tirade on the current administration included in her remarks to the grads of Sarah Larence College, it is refreshing to note a film festival of which you probably did not hear much about. Why? Because it is all about real and positive messages, not Hollywood re-writes of history and Bush derangement on parade.
May 14-18, 2008 were the dates of the GI Film Festival at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, in Washington, D.C. In its second year, the 501c(3) non-profit organization is, according to its web site, the "first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and scrifices of the American military through the medium of film."
Features, documentaries and short films were to be screened. Panel discussions, educational forums and special events were on the schedule.
Brandon Millett is President of the organization. With 15 years experience in media relations as a communications professional, he was doing the little press afforded him in today's not-interested-in-success military stories. Laura A. Law is the Festival Director. She is a veteran with 17 years Army and U.S. Army Reserve service. For the past 6 years she has worked in management for Target Corp, Pizer Inc. and Roche while also acting as President of her own non=profit with the focus on ending sex trafficking.
This year, the GI Film Festival's Spirit Award Recipient Jon Voight and Corporate Patriot Award Recipients Vince and Linda McMahon, Gary Sinise, Robert Duvall and Stephen Baldwin, along with WWE Superstar Ric Flair were honored and presented awards by last year's honoree, Gary Sinise. The GI Spirit Award is "presented to an actor/producer/director who best embodies the spirit of a GI in the creative and philanthropic work." Jon Voight was recognized for his time spent visiting wounded warriors.
Take note, LaLa Land. There's a reason the Bush deranged, military hating films released over the last few months have been box office duds. There was a time when the film industry actually felt pride in the military and helped with the war efforts. Now we are to be preached at by self indulgent, spoiled actors who are only too happy to self righteously blame their own country for the woes of the world.
But they support the troops.