Lanmark Technology Inc. President & CEO Lani Hay Hosts a Special Screening of The Dry Land Starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo, America Ferrera and Wilmer ValderramaPublished by webadmin on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 13:19
VIENNA, VA (May 2010) — On May 24, 2010, Lani Hay, President and CEO of Lanmark Technology (LMT), Inc., partnered with Blue Star Families, The Creative Coalition, and Maya Entertainment to host the Washington, DC premiere of The Dry Land, a Spotlight Initiative by the Creative Coalition, at the Naval Heritage Center Theater. The screening was co-hosted with Chief of Staff of The United States Army, General George Casey. Members of Congress and the Administration, government officials, and cast members America Ferrera (also an Executive Producer), Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Leo, and Ryan O’Nan in addition to writer/director Ryan Piers Williams and Producer Heather Rae were also in attendance. A Q&A panel session with Hay and cast members followed the screening.
Hay stated, "Being that I served in the United States Navy, I have always supported issues surrounding military veterans and their families. Not everyone has the privilege of wearing a uniform, but we all get to serve our country in different ways. The importance of the commitment, support, and sacrifice from the families of our service members often go unnoticed, but are an important component of our operational readiness."
Hay is also an avid supporter of the Arts and has been involved with The Creative Coalition for several years. She stated that "The Dry Land is a movie about two very important topics that are often overlooked, PTSD and veteran re-assimilation into society post deployment and the affect on the families of those who serve. I commend writer/director Ryan Piers Williams for highlighting these difficult yet important topics through the film. It highlights the need for more mental health support for our service members and will hopefully generate awareness that will allow more research and funding in our military medical system."
The Dry Land tells the story of James, an Iraq war veteran, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). James returns home to a small town in West Texas and struggles to reconcile his experiences overseas with the life and family he left at home. The film brings increased awareness to challenges members of the armed services, veterans, and families often face. The Dry Land marks the feature film debut from writer/director Ryan Piers Williams and stars Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter and Wilmer Valderrama alongside an accomplished supporting cast including June Diane Raphael, Diego Klattenhoff, Evan Jones, Benito Martinez, Ana Claudia Talancòn, Ethan Suplee, and Barry Shabaka Henley. The film is produced by Heather Rae; Executive Producers are Sergio Agüero and America Ferrera. It was debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
The Honorary Host Committee for the evening included: Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Kay Hagan, Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Joe Baca, Congressman John Boccieri, Congressman Steve Cohen, Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, Congressman John Dingell, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano, Congressman Samuel B. Graves, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Sam Johnson, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan Jr., Congressman Michael H. Michaud, Congressman Dennis Moore, Congressman James P. Moran, Congressman Solomon Ortiz, Congressman Ed Pastor, Congressman Nick J. Rahall, Congressman Silvestre Reyes, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressman Adam B. Schiff, Congressman Pete Stark, Congressman John Tanner, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Marie Tillman, Founder of the Pat Tillman Association, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and Chief of Staff of The United States Army, General George Casey.