NewsPlus’ Robin Hamilton Meets Creators of the GI Film Festival

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Critics have called it the “Sundance for the Military”. But the founders of the GI Film Festival say while the moniker is flattering, it’s not about that. “We just wanted to create a festival that supported our men and women in uniform,” explain Brandon Millett and his wife Laura Law-Millett.

The festival, now in it’s 9th year, shows films that are made by veterans, and/or star a veteran and have a military theme.

Brandon tells me that after screening more than 250 entries, he and his wife narrowed the number of selected films to 60.

 

GI Film Festival Co-Founders, Laura Law and Brandon Millett, at the GI Film Festival Headquarters in Old Town, Alexandria.

Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett

Picking and choosing the right film is a labor of love – literally. Laura is a West Point graduate who, after spending 18 years as a US Army officer, joined forces with her husband to form the GI Film Group. The company promotes military-themed television and film programs, and has been recognized nationally for its work.

Brandon, who proudly calls himself an ‘Army Husband’ wants this event to, “connect servicemen and women with society.” To date, this is the only military themed festival in the country.

There is a lot of star power behind this effort too. Longtime military supporter and Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump) is one of the sponsors of the film festival and actress Linda Powell (daughter of former Secretary of State Colin Powell) will be making an appearance during the program.

The films range from feature to short, documentary to comedy. “Whether you want to watch with a bunch of tissues or laugh out loud, there is something for everyone,” says Law-Millett.

The GI Film Festival begins on May 18th and runs through the 24th. . To learn more about the festival, you can go to www.GIFF15.com

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