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Shorts Block Drama Night

Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5 PM
Museum of Photographic Arts
Admission for most in-person screening events is $10 or $8 for military, veterans, and KPBS members.
Video on demand (VOD) rental available

Making its return to the big screen is the GI Film Festival San Diego, a multi-day military-themed event dedicated to presenting films and events for, by and about military and veterans.

This collection of shorts feature six films that surprise, inspire, and delight on May 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Directed by Aja Weary, Amanda Richardson
A man who experiences sensory overload while attempting to travel. He and his service animal are denied entry on a bus which sends him into a panic. His service animal works to get him back to his senses.

BRAKE: Trailer

"Shell Shocked"
Directed by Paula A Cajiao
After two years of unsuccessful treatment, a combat veteran suffering from “battle induced stuttering” discovers a controversial drug banned since WW2 that has the possibility to cure him.

Trailer for Shell Shocked

"3:35 to Boston"
Directed by Kay Barnes
A military wife, struggling to balance all the pieces of her life, breaks down when she realizes the life she had originally planned for herself may not be possible.

Official trailer "335 to Boston"

"Over There"
Directed by Charles Allen
After the United States enters the First World War, two brothers find themselves amidst the horrors of modern combat in Europe with one objective: to make it home.

"American Hero"
Directed by Manny McCord
Since the day Lt. Jordan returned home, she’s been trying to get the truth out, only to find herself struggling to overcome the pressures of the military.

American Hero - Trailer

"My Happy Place"
Directed by Devin Scott
A visual recollection of life in the 1960s filled with empathy and compassion for the characters. Inspired by a few of the producer’s true experiences.

My Happy Place Trailer

More about GI Film Fest:

This year’s film festival is scheduled for May 17-21, 2022 with all screenings happening in-person at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park. The 2022 festival features 27 films for, by, and about military and veterans. Virtual options are available.

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A project of KPBS, the GI Film Festival San Diego is a multi-day showcase of films for, by, and about military and veteran experiences. Films featured in the festival reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans. The festival also provides veterans and service members with an opportunity to further their creative skills.

Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and feature-length films are presented. Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, actors and documentary subjects are also part of the festival. This event takes place annually in May and is open to veterans, service members, military families, and civilians. All are welcome to catch a film, be inspired, and build community.

Visit GI Film Festival San Diego on Facebook + follow @GIFilmFestSD on Twitter

Museum of Photographic Arts

1649 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101

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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.