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Military Veteran, Filmmaker Jonathan Flora Joins GI Film Festival


The GI Film Festival, which will be held on Memorial Day Weekend 2007 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington , DC , is pleased to announce that military veteran and filmmaker Jonathan Flora has joined the festival line-up. 

Flora will take part in the festival’s “ Hollywood and the Military” panel discussion which also includes, Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher (Movieguide); John Dahl, Director (The Great Raid); Captain Dale Dye, Actor (Saving Private Ryan); Ron Maxwell, Director (Gettysburg), Lou Reda, Executive Producer (Vietnam:  Homecoming), Phil Strub, Special Assistant for Entertainment Media, Department of Defense. The event will also feature Academy Award Nominated Actor, Gary Sinise.

Flora is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division, and an award-winning producer for the worldwide DVD releases by The Walt Disney Company in Burbank , California , including Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Films and Hollywood Pictures.  In addition, Flora directs commercials and music videos.  As a writer, his articles and columns have been included in numerous publications and websites.

American Military Celebrated through GIFF Film Festival Memorial Day
The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is the first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military through the medium of film.  The three-day festival will be held on May 26-28,22007, Memorial Day Weekend, in Washington DC, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.  The GIFF will present films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.  Some of the films screened will be fan favorites.  Others will be screened for the first time.  All will in some way express the courage and selflessness of our fighting men and women and the value of their work.
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