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A Marine Story, a popular independent film written and directed by Ned Farr that took the film festival circuit by storm last year, is finally making its way to Ohio.
The movie, which snagged 17 film festival awards last year, stars Dreya Weber and Paris Pickard in a story about a woman who’s discharged from the army because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and subsequently has trouble dealing with being thrown by back into civilian life. It will be screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival (March 24-April 3) during a special showcase sponsored by Equality Ohio and the Human Rights Campaign among others.
Here’s as full synopsis according to the film festival’s Web site:
A solitary Marine crosses the dry California terrain on foot, her pack on her back. She’s heading home after leaving the service involuntarily. In A Marine Story Alex is a lean fighting machine and a top-notch career officer from a military family. But when her commanding officer heard that she harbored lesbian tendencies, she was let go. Alex is a victim of the nation’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy—repealed last December after 17 years and 13,500 discharges. Separated now from the institution that represents her whole world, Alex settles uneasily back into civilian life. She goes drinking in one of her old haunts, is taunted by some rednecks, and holds her own in a brawl. When Alex accosts some punks robbing a store, her training kicks in and she subdues them. One is a sullen young woman named Saffron who has been in trouble before. Now a judge gives her an ultimatum: jail or the military. When Saffron submits to being trained by Alex for boot camp, she gains a new identity—as one of the few and the proud.
A Marine Story will be shown March 31st at 2:15 p.m., April 2nd at 9:20 p.m. and April 3rd at 2:05 p.m. Equality Ohio is selling discounted tickets to the screening on their Web site.
Here’s the trailer: