Sons of the Flag, an organization committed to supporting military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors, brings one of our nations first military focused film festival to Dallas on November 6th. The event chairs include Lynn and Allan McBee, and honorary chairs, Louise and Guy Griffeth, whose son is currently an active military member.
The four-day festival, being held at Angelika Film Center from November 6th through November 9th, is a rare opportunity to watch movies about the United States Armed Forces and sit in on Q&A’s with decorated veterans who fought in the battles being shown on film. The festival kicks off on Thursday, November 6th with an opening night reception and screening of Act of Valor at Angelika Film Center. The movie features SEAL Team 7, which is the unit that Sons of the Flag founder and president, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, was part of. Members of his SEAL team will be there to speak of their experience with the events from the film and answer any questions after the film.
“What makes this film festival so unique is that we are bringing in the military members that actually were part of the battles and wars that happened in each of these films,” said Parrott. “We want this festival to honor the military for everything that they do and have done for this nation, which is why we made sure that all active duty military and veterans can attend the festival for free.”
On Friday, November 7th, and Saturday, November 8th, the festivities continue with five screenings at Angelika Film Center each day. On Sunday, November 9th, Angelika Film Center will bring the festival to an end with their final three film screenings. Question and answer sessions will take place following each screening. The Dallas Film Society will provide logistics and programming for the Stars and Stripes Film Festival.
Consultant on this project and ex-President & CEO of the Dallas Film Society, Tanya Foster, believes that this is “truly the first film festival of its kind. The full focus is on the armed forces, rather than the actors in the films. We want all military members to know how much we appreciate all they do for us.”
All the proceeds from the Stars & Stripes Film Festival will benefit the Sons of the Flag. All screenings are free to veterans. Suggested attire for the Festival is casual. Event information including sponsorship can be found by visiting www.sonsoftheflag.org.