Sundance Institute and Hammer Museum to Present Free Work-In-Progress Screening of Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Los Angeles, CA – Sundance Institute will present a free Work-In-Progress Screeningof Semper Fi: Always Faithful on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The documentary film by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon about a devoted Marine and father who discovers a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history, issupported with funding and resources by the Institute's Documentary Film Program.

Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years.  As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the “Corps” and indoctrinated thousands of new recruits.  When Jerry’s nine year-old daughter dies of a rare type of leukemia his world is upended.  As a grief-stricken father he struggles to make sense of what happened.  In his search for answers he discovers a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Work-In-Progress Screenings are interactive events that reveal the anatomy of a documentary in the making. Work-In-Progress Screenings at the Hammer Museum provide a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process, a chance to meet the remarkable people the film follows, and the opportunity to engage in conversation with thought leaders on the ideas and concerns the film broaches.

FREE Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Work-In-Progress Screening
March 24, 2011
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd at Westwood (Los Angeles, CA 90024; Phone: 310.443.7000)
The Program is free and open to the public. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00 p.m.  Press should RSVP to for limited reserved seating.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program, a core program of Sundance Institute, supports U.S. and
international feature documentary films that focus on pressing contemporary social issues of global relevance.
Films supported by the DFP have included My Country, My Country; Iraq in Fragments; Why We Fight; The Inner
Tour; The Betrayal (Nerakhoun); Traces of the Trade and Trouble the Water.

Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Son of Babylon, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America.

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