Gonna Be a Soldier

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Gonna Be a Soldier2018-03-21T20:27:51+00:00

Gonna Be a Soldier

6-year-old Joey’s parents explain that he can’t be a doctor when he grows up because they are raising him to be a soldier, and kill people.

Story Genesis

At the age of 18, many young men (and women, these days) feel that putting on a uniform and going to another country to kill people is a good idea. Children don’t think it’s a good idea to kill others, so at what point does this change in attitude take place? How it happens can probably be attributed to certain influences of society. In this film, I gave the role of society to the mom and dad, to highlight the situation in a comedic way, while also driving home the point.

Starring: Kobe Humphries, Luba Chan, Mike Bash
Written & Directed by Jonny Lewis

Gonna Be a Soldier Awards

  • Chandler International Film Festival — Best Actor Under 18 (Kobe Humphries)
  • Royal Fest Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)— Best Short Film
  • UK Monthly Film Festival — Best Comedy
  • World On Fire Film Festival — Gold Award/Best Social Commentary

Gonna Be a Soldier festival list

(* indicates festival winner)

  • Atlantic Ave Film FestIval
  • Audience Awards’ 2016 Social Political Short Film Festival
  • Azalea Film Festival
  • Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival
  • Chandler International Film Festival*
  • Chico Independent Film Festival – CIFF California
  • Cinema New York
  • Elevation Indie Film Awards
  • Film Fest 52
  • Flicks4Change
  • Golden Bridge International Film Festival
  • Hellfire Short Film Festival
  • Hollywood Florida Film Festival
  • ICE Film Fest
  • International Freethought Film Festival
  • LIIFE – The Long Island International Film Expo
  • London Cinematic International Film Festival
  • London Monthly Film Festival
  • Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival
  • Meters International Film Festival (New York, Naples)
  • Miami Beach Film Festival
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
  • New Classic Cinema Film Festival
  • New Haven International Film Festival
  • Palermo International Short Film Festival
  • Parma Drive-In Film Festival
  • Rainier Independent Film Festival
  • Rivercity Underground Film Festival
  • Rochester International Film Festival
  • Royal Fest Nizhny Novgorod*
  • Shawnee Shorts Midwestern Film Festival
  • Short Film Festival Ireland
  • Shorts Off Film Competition
  • Short Movie Club
  • UK Monthly Film Festival*
  • US Hollywood Int’l Golden Film Award
  • Windsor (Caliornia) Independent Film Festival
  • Woodstock Museum Film Festival
  • World On Fire Film Festival*