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'Fort Bliss' explores challenges of Army medic and single mother returning home

September 5, 2016

Michelle Monaghan
Actress Michelle Monaghan plays Maggie Swann, an Army medic and single mother returning home from Afghanistan.

Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts will present a free screening of the film “Fort Bliss,” the story of an Army medic who returns from an extended deployment in Afghanistan to find she has to rebuild her relationship with her son. The event will be held on Sept. 13, in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m.

Claudia Myers, the film’s writer and director and one of its producers, will be present to introduce the film and conduct a question-and-answer session immediately after the screening. Myers is a full-time professor of film and media arts at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. Her films and screenplays have won more than a dozen awards in the past several years and been screened at numerous festivals both nationally and internationally.

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Charles Dye, who teaches cinema production in the  School of Performing Arts, referred to the film as “independent cinema at its best, presenting some of the real issues that many people face in America. It’s not a typical returning home from war movie — it’s smarter and more respectful.”

The film won 2014 Best Narrative Feature at The GI Film Festival, 2014 Festival Honors at the Newport Beach Film Festival, 2014 Best Feature from American Independent Film, the Audience Award at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, and the Excellence in Acting Award at the San Diego Film Festival.

Admission is free and no ticket is required for the event.

The Moss Arts Center is located at 190 Alumni Mall on the Virginia Tech campus. Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Additional parking is available after 5 p.m. on weekdays on Alumni Mall; in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street; in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street; and in the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. 

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email Susan Sanders or call 540-231-5200 during regular business hours at least five business days prior to the event.

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