Special Guests to attend Branson’s Military Film Festival


Tom Forster, Vice President of Marketing
Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex
3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616
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Publish Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

BRANSON, MO – See award-winning documentaries and meet special guests during the 6th Annual Military Film Festival sponsored by Branson’s IMAX® Entertainment Complex and the Elite Cinema III during Branson’s Veterans Homecoming week this November.

Branson’s Military Film Festival November 6th through November 10th, was created jointly by Col. James Wilhite, author 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. “Our vision was to create a film festival partnership to educate future generations and honor the men and women that have served our nation,” according to Paul Bluto. “Always remember and never forget.”
Special guests attending this year representing the documentary, “Clearing the Way”, are Paul Culliton, producer and co-author, along with Col. Mark Gasparotto, co-author and commander of the combat engineers 23rd Field Squadron at Kandahar. Col. Gasparoto’s leadership of the Squadron during combat operations earned him Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal. During his highly decorated two decades of military service, Col. Gasparotto served in key leadership roles in international hotspots such as Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Haiti. From commanding small tactical units, to overseeing large, multinational peacekeeping operations, his emphasis on results, teamwork, and effective communications elevated him to the upper-ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is now President of The Gasparotto Group, a boutique consultancy that provides clients with pragmatic leadership solutions that help build their teams and extend their influence.

Representing the film, “Escape from Firebase Kate”, Paul Kakert producer and Capt. William “Hawk” Albracht, the youngest captain to command combat troops in Vietnam. At the completion of his tour in Vietnam with the Green Berets, Capt. Albracht was awarded 3 Silver Stars, 3 Purple Hearts, 5 Bronze Medals and several additional valor awards. After his military service, Capt. Albracht became a special agent for US Secret Service and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Washington DC Office and has retired after 25 years of service. Currently, the Army Review Board Agency is considering upgrading his Silver Star to the Medal of Honor.

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 6th Annual Military Film Festival Schedule:

Tuesday, November 6th
Lost Airmen of Buchenwald The summer of ’44, 168 airmen from the US, England, Canada and other Allied countries were captured in Paris by the German Gestapo and sent to the infamous “Koncentration Lager Buchenwald” in Germany.

Wednesday, November 7th
Clearing the Way The story of Canadian combat engineers from the 23 Field Squadron, under the command of Col. Mark Gasparotto, and their time deployed to Kandahar in Southern Afghanistan from Aug. ’06 – March ’07.
Thursday, November 8th & Saturday, November 10th
Escape From Firebase Kate US Army Special Forces Capt. William Albracht, recounts the stories of an intense three-day siege during the Vietnam War facing one of the most noted attacks by the NVA.

Friday, November 9th
Chosin In the winter of 1950, 15,000 US Soldiers and Marines were surrounded and trapped by an overwhelming force of communist Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea. Facing impossible odds, the men fought 78 miles to freedom and saved the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees. Chosin is the first-ever documentary on the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.