Monday, May 26, 2008

Ackowledging the Military in Films

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.


Paul is a Hermit said...

Lange said we fielded a "corporate army," whatever the heck that is. I guess they mean serve 'their' interests. Taking out someone killing thousands of people was not noble enough.
We should go to the Sudan, Burma.

We could, if all those liberals would sign up and suit up, seems they'd rather thank the Gods for doing away with the draft, instead and criticize at a safe distance.

Nikki said...

Great Post...I really have struggled the passed few years with Hollywood anything. They are such a deranged group of people. Bush once said that all the right people hated him. He knows he is doing something right. Too bad so many have followed the rest of the country to Bush hate land. Angelina Jolie actually came out a few months ago and said the troops needed to stay in Iraq. I am sure her dad Jon Voight was pleased to hear it. enjoyed the read. :)N

Debbie said...

Hubby spent his spare time watching old GI film, WWII movies. Those from yester-year Hollywood are classics. The good guys get the credit for what they do. Unlike today's films. There is seldom anything at the theater I want to watch these days. We have recorded the old classics from the TV onto DVD, or purchased DVD's so we can preserve them for our family.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Absolutely correct Karen, there is little interest in America in Hollywood's portrayl of out of control ho's, murderous players and hillbilly white trash.

And that may be the point. All those anti military bombs released since last summer will get extended play in Damscus, Tehran, Pyongyang and Gaza

Incognito said...

Had no idea about this. Very cool!

They are deranged, Nikki, for the most part.. but I just read that James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) donated a bunch of his Soprano outfits (he had in his contract he could keep them) to be auctioned and the proceeds donated to Wounded Warrior Project... which helps those who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. So sometimes.....

Karen said...

Not all are deranged, just the ones who get the msm attention for the stupid stuff they say. Any sanity and goodwill is to be encouraged.