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Scene from  SDSU alumnus David Romero's “USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary.” Scene from SDSU alumnus David Romero's “USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary.”

SDSU Alumnus Featured in Local Film Festival

A film directed by an SDSU alumnus will be shown at this year’s GI Film Festival San Diego.
By Jessica Tran

As one of the few film festivals in the United States to exclusively feature stories about military service members and veterans, the GI Film Festival San Diego returns to local theaters for a third year. This year's edition features a film directed by a San Diego State University alumnus.
USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary,” directed by SDSU alumnus David Romero (’94) was selected to be featured in this year’s festival. The film celebrates San Diego’s two main United Service Organization (USO) locations and the assistance they provided to military personnel away from home. 
“I felt that nothing could paint a better picture of what these service members and their families go through than spending time with them at San Diego's USO locations—both at the airport and in Downtown,” Romero said. “The film is not a sales pitch or scripted voiceover, but a true fly-on-the-wall coverage of these service centers, our military members, their families and volunteers.”
During his time at SDSU, Romero initially studied television and telecommunications, but switched his major to English. 
“Although I appreciated the technical aspects of production, I was always more keen on the story lines,” Romero said. “My years at SDSU played a major role in teaching me techniques in storytelling for scripts and film.”
Through his storytelling skills in “USO San Diego 75 Year Anniversary,” Romero hopes viewers will understand the commitment equally shared by soldiers and their families. 
“Their sacrifice is felt from the head of their families to their children, and the USO is vital to supporting these families in more ways than most people realize,” Romero said. “It’s important to me that USO San Diego has been able to use this short documentary to represent a number of aspects of their service locally that they weren’t able to illustrate in the past.”
Romero’s six-minute documentary will be featured in the Local Film Showcase portion of the GI Film Festival at AMC Mission Valley on Saturday, Oct. 21. The film is also a contender for the GI Film Festival San Diego Local Choice and Spirit of San Diego Award. 

Films across the board

In addition to Romero’s documentary, the community can see films featuring various themes, including women in the military, resiliency and recovery, transitions from active duty to veteran status and the LGBTQ community. Select films will also highlight Hispanic, African American and Asian cultures and their military experiences. 
Showcasing 33 films, the 2017 GI Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park and will run through Sunday, Oct. 22, at select venues throughout San Diego. 
GI Film Festival San Diego is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego.