On Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, the Park Cinemas in Paso Robles will host a screening of 2002’s WE WERE SOLDIERS, which was partially shot at nearby Fort Hunter Liggett. This is the third event in a series that is part of the SLOIFF’s 20th Anniversary year-long celebration.
Based on a book by General Harold G. Moore, We Were Soldiers Once And Young, the film tells the story of the heroic battle he led during the Vietnam War in a place dubbed “The Valley of Death.” Mel Gibson stars as Lt. Col. Moore, along with Greg Kinnear (2011 SLOIFF King Vidor Award recipient), Sam Elliott, Madeline Stowe and Chris Klein. Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm has a small part as well.
The film is dedicated to 7-year old Atascadero resident, Devin Gregoire. Devin suffers from Absence Epilepsy. When diagnosed two years ago, Devin was suffering up to 200 seizures a day, before his parents and doctors discovered how to decrease the number of attacks. He is now medication free and on a special diet but he still experiences 30 to 40 seizures a day. The SLOIFF and First Solar are donating a portion of the proceeds from this event to help send Devin to UCLA’s Children’s Hospital for pre-surgical testing. Devin and his parents will be in attendance and donations of any size will be gratefully accepted. See Devin’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Littlewarriordevin
We will also remember Lt. Rick Rescorla, who survived Vietnam to die heroically instead, on September 11, 2001 while working as the head of security for Morgan Stanley. He worked bravely to help evacuate almost every company employee when the Twin Towers collapsed. The SLOIFF is proud to remember him as someone who embodied the American courage, strength and loyalty we are reminded of every 9/11.
WE WERE SOLDIERS is rated R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language.
Passes for the entire SLO County on the Silver Screen series are still available and discounted for SLOIFF Film Society members (donors of $50 or more for the 2013/14 season.) Individual tickets are available online and at the door for $8/$10. Click here to purchase passes or tickets.
To find out what’s coming up next in the series, click here!