5th Annual Military Film Festival Honoring Veterans

Submitter: 

Tom Forster, Vice President of Marketing
Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex
3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616
Ph: 417.335.3533 x135
[email protected]
www.bransonimax.com

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BRANSON, MO – See award-winning documentaries and meet special guests with Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex and the Elite Cinema III for Branson’s 5th Annual Military Film Festival during Branson’s Veterans Homecoming week this November.

Branson’s 5th Annual Military Film Festival, November 6th through November 10th, was created jointly by Col. James Wilhite, author and producer of the recently released documentary, “We Answered the Call: Building of the Crown Jewel of Afghanistan”, and Paul and Ann Bluto, owners of Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex. The film festival partnership was established to educate future generations and honor the men and women that have served our nation.

This year will be the fifth year for the film festival, with an incredible line-up of military documentaries, film producers and veterans that take part in each of the military stories. These documentaries of true-life experiences will be shown in the Elite Cinema III movie theater, inside Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex. Admission will be free for Veterans and $5 for all others. Tickets will be available at 7:30 am the morning of the film at the IMAX box office. Seating will begin at 8:00 am with each film showing at 8:30 am.

Branson’s 5th Annual Military Film Festival Schedule:

Monday, November 6th
“The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” with featured guest, producer Joseph Cahn.

Tuesday, November 7th
“Heroes on Deck: WWII on Lake Michigan” with featured guest, producer Harvey Moshman.

Wednesday, November 8th
“Lost and Found: The Legacy of the USS Lagarto” with featured guest, producer Harvey Moshman.

Thursday, November 9th
“The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel”

Friday, November 10th
“Brothers in War” with featured guest, author Andrew Wiest.

About the Films:

The 2015 GI Film Festival Founders Choice Award Winner, “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” is a remarkable life story about an honorable man who maintained his uncommon humanity despite being trapped in a universe of hatred, destruction and death. It’s also a story of the sometimes-miraculous pull of the tides of fate and the true meaning of love.

“Heroes on Deck: WWII on Lake Michigan” reveals the amazing story of how more than 100 WWII aircraft ended up on the bottom of Lake Michigan. According to Navy Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, “Heroes is a real credit to the U.S. Navy and Naval Aviation”.

“Lost and Found: The Legacy of the USS Lagarto” begins in 1944, as the submarine USS Lagarto left a small shipyard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and traveled 8,000 miles to serve in the war in the Pacific. While on patrol, the sub vanished after engaging a Japanese convoy in a ferocious sea battle. For 60 years nothing further was known; families were simply told “Lagarto overdue from patrol, presumed lost.” In 2005 a British diver stumbled upon the remains of Lagarto and her crew of 86 at the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand.

“Brothers In War” is filled with gripping first-person accounts and digitally remastered archival footage, including the soldiers’ own home movies and personal audio tapes. “Brothers in War” recounts the harrowing combat experiences of the men of Charlie Company - one of the last American combat infantry companies to be drafted, trained and sent to fight together in Vietnam.

For more information contact:
Tom Forster, Vice President of Marketing
Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex
417.335.3533 x135
[email protected]

Col. James Wilhite, Festival Coordinator
[email protected]

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