We've given a lot of attention here on Under the Radar to the annual GI Film Festival (where Military.com is a participating media sponsor) but a recent event here in DC, months removed from the festival, speaks to the organizer's larger goal of creating 'a year-round campaign to foster a positive image for men and women who serve.'
'The GIFF Summer Rewind' got the festival out of the theaters and into the lobby of a DuPont circle hotel -- over dinner and drinks a crowd of about 50 military-film fans took in the best of the festival's 2011 shorts selection. Documentary and narrative, high-budget glossies and inventive indies all mixed to create a diverse and dynamic selection of soldier-focused storytelling -- highlights for me included the short and poignant Something Special from Kiwi filmmaker Kristi L. Simkins and the ambitious low-budget Cold War era drama Thule. You can watch trailers for each below.
Festival co-founders Brandon Millet and Laura Law-Millet asked me pass along to our veteran and active-duty audience that they are here to support you and help you find your voice on film with workshops, TV and digital distribution opportunities and industry events. Learn more about the GIFF check out this video and visit www.giflimfestival.com .