4 Days, 10 Thought-provoking Films and Inspirational Guests FREE TO ALL VETERANS & FIRST RESPOPNDERS
This festival is not only an amazing interaction with some of the country’s most important veterans, but an affordable family outing, as tickets for most screenings is only $10 and includes a Q&A with veterans actually involved in the conflict shown in the movie.
THURSDAY, November 12, 2015
6pm SPECIAL EVENT: Red Carpet Opening Reception (INVITE ONLY, credential REQUIRED):
Opening Presentation by Ryan “Birdman” Parrott; Retired NAVY SEAL, Founder SONS OF THE FLAG
Performance by AMERICAN BOMB SHELLS,
Veteran and First Responder Recognition,
NAVY SEAL TEAM 7 Honorees
Beverages & Bites
7:30pm -Zero Dark Thirty
USA, 2012, 157 min., Color, English 2001
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September attacks, and his death at the hands SEAL Team 6.
FEATURED GUESTS: U.S. NAVY SEALS
FRIDAY, November 13, 2015
11:30am SPECIAL EVENT: Luncheon with Gen. Tommy Franks
DALLAS COUNTRY CLUB 4155 MOCKINGBIRD LN
REGULAR TICKET: $250 | TABLE OF 10: $2,500
The world knows General Franks best following the culmination of an almost four-decade military career that saw him lead American and Coalition troops in two strategically unprecedented campaigns in two years as Commander of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
6:30pm – Last Days in Vietnam
USA, 2014, 98 min., Color, English
During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only–or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS: John Wayne Walding: John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with 7 of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg NC. He has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career at 3rd SFG he worked on ODA 396/3336 as A Special Forces Communications Sergeant and at the Sniper Detachment as a Sniper instructor. On April 6th, 2008, during the battle of Shok Valley he was shot in his right leg resulting in becoming a below knee amputee. Post injury he attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee to ever become a Green Beret sniper.
THIS SCREENING IS FREE
9pm – A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
USA, 2014, 60 min., Color, English
Acclaimed actor and FDNY veteran Steve Buscemi looks at what it’s like to work as a New York City firefighter. Utilizing exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and firsthand accounts from past and present firefighters, this special explores life in one of the world’s most demanding fire departments while illuminating the lives of the often “strong and silent” heroes who risk their lives to protect residents and serve the city.
FEATURED GUESTS SPEAKER: Rob Weidman is a proud resident of the state of New York. A devoted husband and father, Rob achieved his lifelong ambition of becoming a Firefighter in 1991 when he joined the Baldwin volunteer Fire Department on Long Island New York. He has also served as a volunteer in Brentwood and is currently with the Islip Fire Department. As a firefighter, Rob had one perspective, “Take care of others and they’ll take care of you…Focus and hard work will pay off!” In 2011, Rob was searching a top floor apartment for reported trapped occupants in a home that was on fire, when the fire flashed over, engulfing and burning 60% of his body. Rob spent over 180 day in the New York Presbyterian Burn Unit, and endured more than 14 surgeries and skin grafts. Currently Rob serves as a firefighter at Rescue 2 in New York.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Noon – The Bridges at Toko-Ri
USA, 1954, 102 min., Color, English
A Korean War film about U.S. Navy pilots assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended bridges in North Korea.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER: MATT SPICER is a retired Lieutenant Colonel having served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. He completed F-18 “Hornet,” training and is also a graduate of Navy Strike Weapons (Top Gun) School. He received three Air Medals for combat missions over Iraq. He is currently the General Manager, Midstream, Matador Resources here in Dallas where he lives with his wife Laurie, Son Jack and Daughter Samantha.
1:30pm– Pre-Film Celebration: Join us prior to the film as we celebrate Native-American Veterans and their contribution to the Armed Forces. We will be joined by the Renegade Nation Color Guard, Native American Dancers, and much more! Pre-film activities are FREE, open to the public and will take place at the Pavilion at Mockingbird Station.
USA, 2002, 134 min., Color, English
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER:
Navajo Code Talker Samuel Holiday
Samuel Tom Holiday was an admirable patriot. Having grown up forbidden to speak the Navajo language while attending boarding schools he recognized the importance of his culture and embracing his roots. He shares stories of his service in the U.S. Marines during World War II as a Navajo Code Talker, he served in the South Pacific, transmitting and receiving messages that were never deciphered by the Japanese. Hecontinued on to become a role model and inspiration to Navajo Youth. He received the Congressional Silver Medal in April 2000.
USA, 1976, 132 min., Color, English
The summer of 1942 brought Naval statement to the Pacific as the American and Japanese fleets stood waiting for the other to begin a renewed offense. “Midway” tells the story of this historic battle where a Japanese carrier, in an attempt to occupy Midway Island and lure the American fleet to destruction, was met by three U.S> aircraft carriers and numerous escort ships.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER: Jay T. Young is Vice President, Market Analysis and Development at Trinity Rail, the largest business unit of Trinity Industries, a diversified industrial manufacturing company based in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Young started his career with the U.S.Government as a military analyst, where he served on task forces for major military operations, and authored numerous assessments on key issues in Latin America, and the Persian Gulf. He is also a Captain in the US Naval Reserve where he has served in a variety of leadership positions with units supporting US Pacific Command, US Southern Command, US Atlantic Command, and US Seventh Fleet. He currently commands a reserve unit based at JRB Carswell in Fort Worth. He was recalled to active duty shortly after 9-11 and served on the staff of U.S. Seventh Fleet. Mr. Young is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and on the boards of the Dallas/FTW World Affairs Council and University of North Texas College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Young holds a BA from Yale University, an MA from King’s College, University of London, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State University.
SUNDAY, November 15, 2015
1pm – We Were Soldiers
USA, 2002, 138 min., Color, English
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER: GREG COKER was an AH-6 “Little Bird” attack helicopter aviator who was specially recruited, assessed, and selected in the Army’s only Special Operations Helicopter unit, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He was responsible for leading and planning scores of real world combat missions with significant tactical, operational, and strategic value during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with 100-percent success in support of the Global War on Terrorism, conducting 11 combat tours 2001-2007.
1:30pm – Max
USA, 2015, 111 min., Color, English
A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER:
MIKE RITLAND (and TINO) served 12 years as a U.S. NAVY SEAL in Operation IRAQI Freedom and multiple Special Forces missions. He served as the Naval Special Warfare Multi Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer 2011-2012. After his service he began Trikos International which specializes in providing private protection K9s to government agencies and high-net-worth individuals. Ritland has trained hundreds of working dogs for combat and specializes in private protection dog training, military dog training and police dog training. He has over 18 years of experience in importing, breeding, raising, and training multiple breeds of working dogs. He is the author of three New York Times Best Selling books: Trident K9 Warriors, NavySEAL Dogs and TEAM Dog. Mike Ritland has provided private protection K9s for celebrities, private individuals and government agencies: Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security and (DHS) Transportation
USA, 1990, 107 min., Color, English
The “Memphis Belle” is a World War II bomber, piloted by a young crew on dangerous bombing raids into Europe. The crew only have to make one more bombing raid before they have finished their duty and can go home. In the briefing before their last flight, the crew discover that the target for the day is Bremen, a heavily-defended town that invariably causes many Allied casualties.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER: PETER BIELSKIS served in the Eighth Air Force (8 AF), 384th Bomb Group in World War II. The Eighth Air Force was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft and equipment. Stationed in England, Bielskis flew a remarkable 27 missions as a ball turret gunner. He served overseas beginning in January of 1945 through the end of the war.
THIS SCREENING IS FREE
4:30pm– In Defense of Freedom
A powerful and locally produced documentary of Highland Park students that served in the Korean War.
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER: SYD CARTER
served his country honorably at the beginning of the Vietnam War as a member of the United States Marine Corps attached to the USS Oriskany, and was released from service with the rank of Major. Mr. Carter is a former University Park Mayor Pro Tem, married to Margaret Carter, and has four grown children.
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