Documentary about WWII veterans to kick off Naples International Film Festival

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-   Executive Director Shannon Franklin speaks during the closing ceremonies of the Naples International Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

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David Albers/Staff - Executive Director Shannon Franklin speaks during the closing ceremonies of the Naples International Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

Honor Flight, a documentary about World War II veterans, will be the opening night presentation at the fourth annual Naples International Film Festival on Nov. 1.

The film follows volunteers of a national group called the Honor Flight Network, which sends World War II veterans on free flights to visit war memorials in Washington D.C.

According to the film's website, the documentary focuses on veterans and volunteers from Wisconsin and was directed by Dan Hayes and produced by Clay Broga.

A local chapter of Honor Flight for Southwest Florida is based in Port Charlotte and had a waiting list of 270 veterans when contacted by Daily News staff in May. The network as a whole has flown more than 80,000 veterans to the nation's capital over eight years.

The showing at this year's festival will mark the film's east coast premiere.

Filmmakers will host a discussion of the film following the showing.

Red carpet arrival for opening nigh begins at 5:30 p.m. and the film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

Tickets can be purchased through The Phil.

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