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GIFFSD Virtual Showcase Presents 'The Rifleman's Violin' With 'RESCUE MEN'


  • WHEN Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual
  • AGES All ages
  • COST $10

Join KPBS at the GI Film Festival San Diego Virtual Showcase for a film pairing featuring untold stories from our military history.

"The Rifleman's Violin" kicks off the virtual screening block. The film recounts when 19-year-old rifleman Stuart Canin performed a private concert for President Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at the end of WWII.

The second film in this screening block is "RESCUE MEN: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers." The film is the story of an all Black lifeguard station that performed many daring rescues from 1880 to the closing of the station in 1947.

Q&A follows the films. Tickets for this screening are available for $10.

About the GI Film Festival San Diego:
Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans through compelling and authentic storytelling. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and family-friendly films are presented, highlighting stories of heroism, resilience, and honor. The festival includes the Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places. Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, actors and documentary subjects are also part of the festival as well as a family movie night which brings military-connected and civilian families together for an evening of movie magic and community spirit.

The GI Film Festival San Diego returns May 18-23, 2021.

The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the Film Consortium San Diego. The festival is funded in part by a grant from the California Arts Council with additional support provided by Scatena Daniels Communications.

The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition and the San Diego Military Family Collaborative.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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