by Jill Thomas
I'm sure there's got to be a much-too-clever joke about America coming to Colorado Springs (as in actress America Ferrera) where she'll discuss her new film about a soldier returning to America from Iraq ... but I'm not that clever. Besides, the Ugly Betty actress is not the only member of The Dry Land's cast and crew who is headed to town following a recent USO tour with troops in the Gulf.
Ferrara will be part of Q&A sessions, along with the film's writer-director Ryan Piers Williams and actors Ryan O'Nan and Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show), at a pair of screenings that will serve as the grand finale of 2010's Windrider Film Forum. And, according to the The Dry Land's Facebook page, one of the screenings — for military families at Fort Carson — will be the film's first at an Army base.
The Dry Land, a 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection, follows a young soldier (Ryan O'Nan) as he returns to Texas with the scars of war and struggles to resume a normal life with his wife (Ferrara), family and friends. In light of the subject matter, the event's Q&A sessions also will include experts on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Dry Land Public Screening
Thursday, July 1, Filmmaker reception at 5:30 p.m.; Screening at 7 p.m.
Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 Parkside Drive (corner of East Pikes Peak and Parkside Drive)
Tickets: Film only/$10; Film and reception/$25. Available at the theater one hour prior to the screening, or reserve tickets in advance by calling Lindy at 719/385-0085.
Private Screening at Fort Carson
Thursday, July 1, 2 p.m.
McMahon Theater, Bldg. 1517, Fort Carson
Tickets: Free with military ID; active and retired military personnel and spouses only.
Seating is limited, first come, first served.