Movies For Heroes


Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military.
About this Event

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today.

Schedule of Films for Burns Court:

January 11th - Gunga Din (1939)

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

March 8th - Memphis Belle (1990)

In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.

May 10th - Private Benjamin (1980)

A sheltered young high-society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a trickier situation than she ever expected.

July 12th - They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

September 13th - Onionhead (1958)

In 1941, an Oklahoma college graduate joins the US Coast Guard and serves as a cook on a ship based in Boston.

November 8th - A Few Good Men (1992)

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of M**der. They contend they were acting under orders.

Schedule of Films for Lakewood Ranch:

February 8th - American Sniper (2014)

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home with his family after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

April 12th - Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

June 14th - Dunkirk (2017)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

August 9th - The Last Samurai

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

October 11th - Three Kings (1999)

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

December 13th - Stripes (1981)

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

An American Gypsy by John (Tom) Halbert

Sarasota MOAA Member John (Tom) Halbert has written an interesting book about his life and career.  Tom grew up in Iowa and served as both a pilot and a public affairs officer in the Air Force.

Tom’s skills resulted in being assigned to interviewing prominent persons including former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Iowa Governor William S. Beardsley and Mt. Everest conqueror Sir Edward Hillary. He was an Air Force advisor to many New York and Hollywood TV and movie productions working with the legendary including: CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite; NBC News Reporter Roy Neal; former Chicago Cubs first baseman Chuck Conners as the star of the Rifleman TV series; columnist Hedda Hopper, actress Joan Crawford; actor Jimmy Stewart, and producer Bernie Lay.

Tom amassed 5,000 flying hours in his career, gaining the Air Medal and the Bronze Star in combat. His expertise took him from base level assignments, to Headquarters Strategic Air Force Command and Air Force leadership in Air Force Public Affairs. Tom served eight years as the senior civilian in Air Force Public Affairs and later a 10 year tenure as executive manager of Armed Forces Radio & Television Europe.

In retirement Tom served as the President of Sarasota Sister Cities, leading it through a turbulent and challenging time.  He also served as President of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association.