Saturday Nights Made Easy via Netflix and GIFF

Netflix is a great way to save costs on extended cable and direct TV packages.  There is tons of great programming just waiting to be streamed through your mobile device, Apple TV or Roku box. But Netflix’s massive title lists can be daunting for those of you who want to find a great film but don’t want to waste hours scrolling through synopsis after synopsis.  Who wants to wasted hours of film viewing time doing that? Seriously, how many of us have had to endure the same conversation every weekend: “What do you want to watch?” Only to respond with “I don’t know, what do you want to watch?”

Let the GI Film Festival programming staff take the guesswork out of what to watch.  Several of our past festival films are now available to stream on Netflix.  We have your next 3 Saturday nights covered with three great films that were previously featured at past GI Film Festivals that you can watch in the privacy of your own home.

Take a look at—“Fort Bliss,” “Field of Lost Shoes’” and “Ironclad”–all were GI Film Festival standouts and will undoubtedly put you in the mood for what you can expect at this year’s 9th annual GI Film Festival, taking place in Washington DC from May 18-24, 2015.  On behalf of Netflix, the GI Film Festival programming staff, and Saturday nights everywhere – you are welcome.


Directed by Claudia Myers and released in 2014, “Fort Bliss” closed out the 2014 GI Film Festival with a sold out, standing room only screening. Starring Michelle Monaghan as Army field doctor Maggie Swan, “Fort Bliss” follows Swan as she returns home from active duty in Afghanistan. However, upon her return, Swan discovers that her long absence has severely strained her bond with her five-year-old son. As Swan begins to restore the bond with her son, she soon discovers that she is being redeployed to active duty. “Fort Bliss” also stars Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, Dash Mihok, Freddy Rodriguez, and Michael Sirow. This film is not rated and has a total run time of 109 minutes.


Directed by Sean McNamara and released in 2014, “Field of Lost Shoes” was the opening film at last year’s festival in May 2014. Set during the Civil War, “Field of Lost Shoes” follows a group of Southern military cadets, played by David Arquette, Keith David, and Tom Skerritt, as they prepare to face the opposing Union Army during the Union’s march toward Shenandoah Valley. “Field of Lost Shoes” also stars Lauren Holly and Jason Isaacs. This film is rated PG-13.


Directed by Jonathan English and released in 2011, “Ironclad” originally premiered at the 2011 GI Film Festival. James Purefoy portrays a Knight Templar who is backed by his “Magnificent Seven” as he helps to defend England’s Rochester Castle from the infamous King John and his armies. King John is looking to rule over the free men of England, even if it means violating the Magna Carta in order to do so. It is up to the Knight Templar and his army to stop King John before this becomes a reality. “Ironclad” also stars Brian Cox, Kate Mara, Derek Jacobi, Paul Giamatti, and Charles Dance, and is currently rated three-and-a-half out of five stars by Netflix subscribers. This film is rated R and has a total run time of 121 minutes.

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