Posted by: Ashley Ruskiewicz | July 29, 2011

Honoring A War Hero

Burbank International Film Festival to Honor Wounded Afghanistan War Veteran

BURBANK, CA.  The Burbank International Film Festival in cooperation with Flappers Comedy Club of Burbank shall honor U.S. Army soldier PFC Timothy J. Adams during its comedy film event being held August 14th, 2011 from 9:00 p.m. at the Flappers Comedy Club at First Street and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, California.   Timothy or T.J. as he prefers to be called was severely wounded last month by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade that exploded near his position.  The shrapnel sliced though his carotid artery and was certain to result in his swift death but for the amazing efforts of a helicopter team and superb emergency treatment from military medical personnel. More background on T.J. Adams may be found in a recent EXAMINER article that not only tells his story but challenges TV producers and film makers to do a better job in telling the many stories of the severe tragedies being experienced by American military families.  T.J. Adams is a local man who just a few years back played football at Burroughs High School in Burbank and who is currently recuperating from his wounds at home.

“We at the Burbank Film Festival are extremely happy to make this tribute not only to the courageous T.J, Adams but to all the men and women serving in our armed forces right now and in the past.  Their sacrifices have for centuries helped to keep our nation great and all too often they go unnoticed.  In one small way on just one day we will help change that. Said:  Adrian Iniquez, CEO of the Burbank Film Festival.

The August 14th event is the 5th in a series of 6 comedy film events leading up to the actual film festival being held in Burbank, California September 15th to the 18th.  On August 14th several comedy film makers will be screening their films all seeking recognition at the festival. On hand will be three celebrity judges.  Larry Hankin a true comedy stage and acting star with more than 140 credits including appearances on “Seinfeld,” Married with Children,” and “L.A. Law’ plus scores of film appearances is on the panel.  Also joining the panel is the stunning actress Lisa K. Wyatt known for her work in “The Suite Life on Deck” and in the hit film “Legally Blonde.”   Rounding out the celebrity judge panel is the very lovely Sierna Irwin whose work includes the “Drew Carey Show” and “The brave and the Bold.”


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