November 9-12, 2018
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*Seating is on a first-come first-served basis
Downing Film Center
19 Front Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Please see below for directions
Don’t miss this weekend WWI Armistice Centennial Film Festival Veterans Day Weekend, Downing Film Center, to Honor the more than 4 1/2 Million WWI Soldiers Who Served 100 Years Ago. The WWI Armistice Film Festival is designed to enhance this important time of reflection with select films that offer learning and sharing opportunities about World War I, and the significance of the War that Changed the World. The films include: "Pershing's Path to Glory", about General Blackjack Pershing; "The Hello Girls,” the first women to serve in the US Army; "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” animated true story for families about a dog and his WWI Doughboy; "The Millionaires' Unit"; Lafayette Escadrille Preview, and "A Soldier's Journey". Please see below for showtimes.
Films are presented by Downing Film Center, Newburgh Historical Society, Vet2Vet, and MHA in Orange County.
Pershing’s Paths of Glory (NR, 40 min)
Friday, November 9, at 2 pm
A documentary that tells the story of John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I.
The Hello Girls (NR, 55 min)
Saturday, November 10, at 12 noon
Sunday, November 11, at 12:30 pm
This documentary features rare 100-year old film footage of America’s first female soldiers courtesy of the National Archives and never-before-seen photos from family archives. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. They swore Army oaths, wore uniforms, held rank, and were subject to military justice. By war’s end, they had connected over 26 million calls and were recognized by General John J. Pershing for their service. When they returned home, the U.S. government told them they were never soldiers. For 60 years, they fought their own government for recognition. In 1977, with the help of Sen. Barry Goldwater and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, they won. Unfortunately, only a handful were still alive.
—Lincoln Penny Films
Preview of The Lafayette Escadrille (NR, 10 min)
Sunday, November 11, at 12 noon
From the producers of The Millionaires’ Unit, a short preview of the first comprehensive documentary about the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of American pilots who volunteered to fly for France during World War I.
A Soldier’s Journey (NR, 10 min)
Sunday, November 11, at 12:15 PM
A new short film, sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, which tells the story of World War I through the elements of the sculpture being created by Sabin Howard for the National World War I Memorial.
The Millionaires’ Unit (NR, 2 h)
Monday, November 12, at 2:00 pm
The Millionaires’ Unit is the story of a privileged group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into World War One. Known as the First Yale Unit, and dubbed “the millionaires’ unit” by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were the first to fly for the United States in the Great War. Using the words of these pioneer aviators from their letters and diaries, the documentary tells the story of young men coming of age as America was coming of age as a world power. Their service and sacrifice is the great untold story of American aviation in World War One.
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (PG, 74 m)
Monday, November 12, at 7:00 pm
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is a feature film based on the incredible true story of America’s most decorated dog. After being rescued off the streets by a young Soldier on the eve of America’s entry in World War I, Stubby is given a home, a family, and the chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century.
World War One Armistice Centennial Background
Commemoration events are designed to honor the more than four ½ million who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Women joined the ranks of the U.S. armed forces for the first time, gaining the right to vote two years later. More than 350,000 African Americans served with distinction, as did Native Americans and immigrants. The U.S. experienced a casualty rate of 375,000–far greater than in World War II–and 116,516 fatalities more than during the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined.
About the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission was created by Congress in 2013 to provide education programs, public outreach, and guidance for commemorative events regarding America's involvement in WWI, which many see as The War That Changed the World.
Use this address for the GPS: 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
From the NY State Thruway, take exit 17 (Newburgh) and take the ramp to go east on the Interstate 84. Take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco Station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill and through two traffic lights. Make a left onto 4th Street at the third traffic light and then make a right on to front street. After three blocks, the Downing Film Center will be on right.
From points West, take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill and through two traffic lights. Make a left onto 4th Street at the third traffic light and then make a right on to front street. After three blocks, the Downing Film Center will be on right.
From points East, take Interstate 84 west to Exit 10s (second exit past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge). Stay to your right off the ramp and follow it until you come to the traffic light at Route 9W (the Alexis Diner is on the left). Make a right on to 9W, and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill and through two traffic lights. Make a left onto 4th Street at the third traffic light and then make a right on to front street. After three blocks, the Downing Film Center will be on right.