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Camp Pendleton Marines Featured at Oceanside International Film Festival

Oceanside CA– Camp Pendleton marines and veterans of all wars are encouraged to see Oceanside International Film Festival’s screening of its guest feature film “Patrol Base Jaker”, a breathtaking documentary about the US Marines (1/5th of which are from Camp Pendleton) and on the practice of counter-insurgency in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to be screened at the festival’s opening ceremony, which starts 2:00 pm, August 3, 2014, at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA, 92054.

The film was one of Official Selections of last year’s Oceanside International Film Festival, and winner of two awards: OIFF-2013 Jury’s Award for Best Full Length Documentary, and OIFF-2013 Jury’s Award for Best Picture (overall winner of the festival). Tickets are now on sale. Present during the screening of “Patrol Base Jaker” and for a Q&A session immediately afterwards will be Carla Hogan, the mother of Lcpl Donald J. Hogan (featured in the film), who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for the action that took his life on August 26th, 2009 during 1/5’s deployment to Nawa, Afghanistan. Carla is the President of the San Clemente Marine Corps Support Group, which through its efforts and those of its Socks for Heroes Program, has sent over 20 tons of socks and supplies to Marine and Army Infantry Units in Afghanistan since it’s inception in May of 2011.film_fest_logo

Made by a filmmaker David Scantling from Akron, OH, “Patrol Base Jaker” also won Best Documentary Film at the GI Film Festival. The film documents the US Marines and their current counter-insurgency activities in Nawa, Afghanistan, in support of the overall International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. The festival audience will witness up-close as Marines are engaged in a complex set of combat and stability operations tasks against the Taliban and in support of the Afghan Government. Training Afghan military and police, fighting Taliban insurgents, managing reconstruction projects, working with the local Afghan population, interfacing with other stakeholders in the region (i.e., Provincial Reconstruction Teams/PRTs, Non-Governmental Organizations/NGOs, the international media, etc.) are all part of the mix. Through intimate, behind-the scenes access to US and Afghan government and civilian participants in “kinetic” and “non-kinetic” initiatives, the film follows US Marine combat and civil affairs teams in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as they work to defeat the Taliban and secure the Afghan population. “Patrol Base Jaker” takes the viewers to the front lines where US policy meets the reality of on-the-ground execution through the context of day-to-life in Helmand where the Marines have been deployed to change the situation on the ground.

According to the organizers of Oceanside International Film Festival, this film is recommended for all people – either in the active military field or civilians – because it clearly answers the question of “why” the U.S. troops are fighting on a foreign land, as it portraits the many positive outcomes of our military forces’ presence there. According to Dmitriy Demidov, the Chairman of Oceanside Intl Film Festival, “When in modern days a U.S. soldier finds himself / herself fighting in a different country and questions the reasons why – this film answers those questions and serves as a positive encouragement and perhaps even an inspiration for him/her. Definitely a must see for anybody associated with our armed forces!”

About the Oceanside International Film Festival

The festival, put on annually since 2009 by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, will take place August 3 to 10, 2014, at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, and Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, both in Oceanside, CA. It will publicly screen 70 unique and independent films, a good mixture from the locals and around the world. Films will be shown in specially-themed “screening blocks”, such as Sci-Fi, Environmental, Thrillers, Sentimental and Emotional Appeal, Serious Dramas, Comedies, Ocean Health, Wild Wild West (Westerns), Romantic Dramas, “Art, Religion, And War”, Kid-Friendly Horror Films, Music Videos, Surfing Films, and Animations. Festival admission pricing for general public varies from $10 to $50 with special military rates of $10 for one day admission to screenings and $35 for entire festival pass. For tickets and the names of all 70 films to be shown on big screen at Oceanside Intl Film Festival, go to http://www.ocaf.info/

(OIFF’s parent organization Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization of fundraising nature. OCAF / Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation’s Performing Arts Scholarships are presented annually to graduating high school seniors. The goal is to inspire the young to further explore their talents in the arts, while raising funds to support their talents and dreams. All proceeds from the film festival go towards scholarships and for the purpose of putting out more public events by OCAF.)