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National GI Film Festival Kicks Off In San Diego Tuesday

A GI Film Festival San Diego sign is pictured at the 2017 festival.

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Above: A GI Film Festival San Diego sign is pictured at the 2017 festival.

The fourth annual GI Film Festival kicks off in San Diego Tuesday featuring 34 films either by or about veterans and the military experience. The festival runs through Sunday.

This year, San Diego is heading the national GI Film Festival and that brings more premieres and celebrities, like George Takei and Jeffrey Wright, to town.

But the real star of the event is San Diego’s large military community. There are more than 100,000 active-duty military members and 200,000 veterans in the San Diego area.

Organizers of the GI Film Festival say they’ve worked to include a wide range of filmmakers and topics to reflect the varied experiences of service members and veterans. The schedule of screenings and events is at The screenings will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park and UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center.

Nico Marcolongo is a member of the advisory committee for the festival. He is the senior manager of Operation Rebound for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and served in the Marine Corps for 14 years. Marcolongo joins Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about what the festival has in store for attendees.

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The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego.


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