July 4th was the official launch of the documentary by Jonathan and Deborah Flora, “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” which chronicles the journey of actor Gary Sinise and his band as they travel around the world to entertain the troops, first responders, and their families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Click here to stream the film. One out of every four dollars for streaming the film will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation in order to support servicemembers, veterans, first responders, and their families. For more information on how to support the Gary Sinise Foundation, click here.
Several hundred guests gathered in the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom on Thursday evening, March 31, to attend a popular music concert by Gary Sinise and the LT. DAN BAND. The event, hosted by the School of Social Work to recognize servicemembers and veterans for their service and sacrifice, also highlighted the inaugural award of the Gary Sinise Scholarship to Isaac Ford Jr. The scholarship, endowed by Mr. Sinise, provides financial means for a servicemember, veteran, or one of their family members to attend the School of Social Work.
The concert crowd, which included USC students and staff, veterans and community members, was also treated to opening performances by the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada Pipes and Drums and students from the USC Thornton Popular Music Program.
Gary Sinise and the LT. DAN BAND then followed with lively renditions of popular hits including “Purple Haze,” “You Make Me Fell like a Natural Woman,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Lady Marmalade,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
On Tuesday evening, March 1, CIR hosted a screening of the documentary LT. DAN BAND – FOR THE COMMON GOOD at the Leonard Davis Auditorium of the Andrus Gerontology Building.
Approximately forty attendees saw the film and participated in the follow-on Q&A session with Director Jonathan Flora and Producer Deborah Flora. U.S. Army Specialist Jason Hale, who is included in the film, also attended the screening and answered audience questions.
LT. DAN BAND – FOR THE COMMON GOOD chronicles the journey of actor Gary Sinise and the LT. DAN BAND as they travel around the globe, including Kuwait and Iraq, to entertain and support the troops, first responders and their families and thank them for their service and sacrifice. The documentary is currently being screened at film festivals around the country and is searching for a distributor.
For more information, please see the film’s website.
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On Tuesday, March 1, CIR will host a free screening of the upcoming feature-length documentary LT. DAN BAND: FOR THE COMMON GOOD and a Q&A session with Director Jonathan Flora.
Tuesday, March 1 — 7:00 to 9:30pm
University Park Campus
Leonard Davis Auditorium
Andrus Gerontology Building
FREE TO THE PUBLIC — RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
For directions and parking information, see the interactive campus map
About the film:
This documentary chronicles the journey of actor Gary Sinise and the LT. DAN BAND as they travel around the globe, including Kuwait and Iraq, to entertain and support the troops, first responders and their families and thank them for their service and sacrifice. The film features Academy Award® nominated actor Gary Sinise with special appearances by Academy Award® winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, as well as Raquel Welch, Connie Stevens, John Ratzenberger, Melina Kanakaredes, Mykelti Williamson, and more.
About the director:
Jonathan Flora is an award-winning producer with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and along with his wife Deborah, formed Lamplight Entertainment in 2009. LT. DAN BAND: FOR THE COMMON GOOD is the first major release for Lamplight Entertainment.
A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division and serving 12 years in the military, Jonathan currently serves on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival, formed to honor films that celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military.