Jacksonville International Film Festival Includes Short Doc of Native Fallen Vietnam Hero U.S. Army Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr
The Jacksonville Film Festival with its theme "First Hollywood" gets underway, November 15-17, 2019 at the historic San Marco Theatre in Jacksonville. With over 100 films from around the world, the United States and locally, one film, "Love Separated in Life… Love Reunited in Honor" is about a Jacksonville native and Fallen Vietnam War Hero."
"We're excited to celebrate Jacksonville's motion picture history this festival year. With 21 countries getting represented, we're happy to bring a global film perspective to our city," said Nick Logoreci, Jacksonville Film Festival Director.
"I'm thrilled to be able to share with our community this fantastic collection of international, domestic and local films at this year's festival. The level of quality, top to bottom, may be the best collection of films we have seen to date. Film craftsmanship has risen across the globe and we're the beneficiaries. Don't miss this program. Join us and be a part of something special," said Tim Driscoll, Jacksonville Film Festival Program Director.
San Francisco based writer/director Jackie Wright explains she is beyond thrilled that Tim Driscoll and his team included "Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor," about the exhumation of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr., her father, from a deteriorating north Jacksonville cemetery to be reburied at Arlington National Cemetery, March 10, 2014, fifty years almost to the day of his death in Vietnam.
"My father was born in Jacksonville. Due to his death on March 9, 1964 early in the Vietnam War and his being an Honor Guard for then Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara on my Dad's last mission, I saw news articles in the Florida Times Union and The Florida Star, the local Black newspaper. They were about the helicopter crash that claimed his life and that of a fellow soldier, his funeral at Grant Memorial AME Church and his burial at Mt. Olive Cemetery. The cemetery was well kept and honorable at the time," said Wright. "And here we are fifty plus years later, Tim Driscoll and his team have included this documentary about one of Jacksonville's native sons. I'm thrilled to the moon and back," added Wright.
The 15-minute short documentary, "Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor," co-directed and edited by Jack LiVolsi of San Francisco's Jackson Street Partners, spans two continents covering 50 years.
"Love Separated in Life…Love Reunited in Honor" will screened on Saturday, November 16th during the 12-noon "The Peace Your Valor Won" block in Theater 1 at the San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Boulevard. It precedes "Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn" by Zachary Stauffer. To find out more about the Jacksonville Film Festival, visit http://www.jacksonvillefilmfestival.com.
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