AITAF hosts Film Screening Event for Marine Corps COVID Task Force and AITAF Community

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Adam Driver’s Arts in the Armed Forces hosts Film Screening Event for Marine Corps COVID Task Force, and AITAF community with Jon Huertas



Brooklyn, NY (March 31, 2021) – Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) will host its first hybrid in-person and virtual event since February 2020 for United States Marine Corps (USMC) Task Force Commitment reservists, veterans and civilian supporters.  The event will feature an in-person (socially distanced) dinner and film screening for the live Task Force Commitment audience,  followed by a Q&A with actor and U.S. Air Force Veteran, Jon Huertas (This is Us, Castle, Generation Kill), that will be streamed simultaneously to military and civilian audiences worldwide.  The event is scheduled for April 16, 2021 at 8 p.m. EDT/ 5 p.m. PDT.


This event is generously underwritten by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, a dedicated supporter of AITAF for the past four years. 


Military audiences from around the world may join the Zoom broadcast for free by registering at


Civilians may view the Zoom Q&A by making a small donation and registering at


Task Force Commitment has been implementing a 14-day quarantine and testing site for poolees prior to basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina for one year. There are more than 160 active duty and reserve Marines supporting this mission. Their Commanding Officer, Colonel Ricardo (Riccoh) Player invited AITAF to provide programming to his troops as a morale building exercise and to celebrate one year of this COVID-19 mission.


This will be the 12th recurrence of AITAF’s Virtual Film Screening Series, which was established in response to the need for community among their military audience, and to combat isolation within COVID-19 restrictions. The Virtual Film Screenings include a moderated discussion between a guest artist from the AITAF community, who chooses their favorite film to discuss, and a member of our military community. Military audience members can register for access to view the film and also participate in a live Q&A with AITAF’s guest artist via Zoom.


The Virtual Film Screenings have built community across the nation by bringing together artists, active duty servicemembers, veterans and civilian supporters through the art and humanity of film. Previous artistic guests include but are not limited to– Judd Apatow, Annette Bening, Laurence Fishburne, Edi Gathegi, Danny Glover, Tom Hanks, Laura Linney and Rob Riggle. 

Selected Virtual Film Screenings are available in podcast format to listen visit,  To view photos from previous Virtual Film 

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About Arts in the Armed Forces

Arts in the Armed Forces was founded by actor and Marine, Adam Driver, and actress Joanne Tucker, in 2008, and its mission is to use the powerful shared experience of the arts to start conversations between military and civilian, service member and family member, and the world of the arts and the world of practical action. Its core program consists of contemporary American plays and monologues presented by theater-trained actors and actresses. Works are chosen that feature diverse themes, ages, ethnicities and experiences to create a complex and unique experience for the audience. In 2018, arts programming expanded beyond live play readings to include film screenings and an annual award for military and veteran writers called The Bridge Award. Importantly, after each of AITAF’s performances, the creative team interacts with the audience through a question and answer session as well as a more informal mingling period. In 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, AITAF pivoted from live events to virtual film screenings, enlisting an artist to choose a favorite film and discuss it, via Zoom, with a military audience. For more information visit


About Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and leading advocate. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service craigslist, Newmark works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. In 2016, he founded Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance people and grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in areas that include trustworthy journalism & the information ecosystem, food insecurity, voter protection, women in technology, and support for veterans & military families. At its core, all of Newmark’s philanthropic work helps to strengthen American democracy by supporting the values that the country aspires to – fairness, opportunity, and respect. For more information, please visit: Craig can be found sharing his personal perspective on the issues of the day at @craignewmark.


About Jon Huertas (Actor) 

An actor of the stage and screen, Jon Huertas is best known for his multiple-award-winning performance as Det. Javier Esposito on the ABC hit television series “Castle,” as well as his portrayal of Sgt. Antonio 'Poke' Espera in HBO's Emmy Award–winning miniseries “Generation Kill.”  In 2012, Huertas won the 2012 NCLR ALMA Award for “Favorite TV Actor Supporting Role in a Drama,” as well as a 2012 Prism Award for “Performance in a Drama Episode,” both for his work on “Castle.”  In recent years, he has moved behind the camera to direct the short films “The Box” and “Lone,” in which he also starred and wrote the screenplays.  He produced the short film “After School Special” and is producing several documentaries: “Ricky,” “American Dreamers,” “The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story” and “The Prison Phoenix Trust.”  His recent film credits include upcoming horror slasher film “Initiation,” sci-fi drama “Altered Perception,” and thriller “Imprisoned.” His voice work includes the film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,” in the character of Alberto, and the “Halo” video game series for Microsoft's Xbox.  Jon can currently be seen in the role of Miguel in NBC’s award-winning and critically acclaimed hit series, “This Is Us.” Huertas is a United States Air Force veteran.

Media Contact:

Lindsay Miserandino

Executive Director, Arts in the Armed Forces


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