All day on the outdoor stage, you’ll hear everything from the classical singing of Placido Domingo protege (and Iraq veteran) Jesus Daniel Hernandez, to the country/southern rock of former Green Beret Derek Stoner and the punk rock of Major Glen (led by a former West Point professor). There is a reason this is the “Lollapalooza for veterans in the arts!”
This is your chance to view and buy prints and originals from veteran artists. View the work of former USMC Combat Artist and illustrator Elize McKelvey, the vibrant abstracts of former Navy Seabee Angelo T. Robinson, and the stunning mixed media work of Newburgh-based Navy veteran Auguster Williams. See samples from Frontline Arts, and watch demonstrations of their unique community-oriented Veterans’ papermaking program which teaches Veterans of all service eras and branches the transformational practice of making handmade paper from military uniforms.
Movie Screening of Last Out: The Elegy of a Green Beret
Sunday, May 29 at 7pm
Last Out is a play written by and starring former Green Beret Scott Mann – it is perhaps the most 360-degree view of war and its after-effects that has ever been put on stage. But it has now been filmed and will be released on Amazon Prime, so to celebrate, the Savage Wonder Festival is proud to present this incredibly special screening with the cast in attendance and a Q&A to follow.
Featuring Pushcart Prize nominee Anthony Roberts, William “Buck” Bolyard – author of Sober Man’s Thoughts, AITAF-award winning playwright Shairi Engle, and Poppies author Amy Sexauer, these are veterans with a lot to say.
Ranging from lust to love, peeing and flirting, death and motherhood – these award-winning poets and writers explore the full scope of life, death, and humanity with a rawness, a cleverness, a vulnerability, and the perspective of time spent in life-or-death professions.
Rockeaters and Jarheads: Exit 12 Dance Company, featuring Mason Rodrigue, Dex, Ben Fortier, and Jesus Daniel Hernandez
Sunday, May 29 at 3pm
Until you have seen a former USMC veteran of Fallujah, Iraq choreograph dance, you’ve never seen dance. The award-winning Exit 12 Dance company was founded by choreographer Roman Baca to educate audiences about the reality of war by creating works of high cultural significance examining the lasting effects of violence and conflict on communities, families, and individuals. At the Savage Wonder Festival, Exit 12 will collaborate with singer Jesus Daniel Hernandez, an Iraq veteran who is also a protege of Placido Domingo – as well as former USMC machine-gunner Mason Rodrigue, former USMC MP Dex, and former USMC Iraq veteran Benjamin Fortier. It is a performance of Marine combat veterans that you will not soon forget.
If you like poetry or spoken word performances, you’re going to love this. And if you don’t like them, you may love it even more. You’ve never seen spoken word performances like this. Poets, writers, and actors face off with each other, reading selections that tackle love, fear, lust, loss, combat, peace, internal angst and external enemies in complementary or contradictory ways. Punctuated by the outlaw country singing of Afghanistan veteran and green-on-blue survivor Doc Oliver, this is a blend of poetry and music that will have you laughing, crying, and thinking.
Poughkeepsie, NY native and former Marine Tyler Mendelson is one of the most well-known and popular veteran filmmakers from the GWOT (Global War on Terror) era. We are proud to feature two of his award-winning films: the autobiographical A Marine Corps Story and his acclaimed short film The Hun back-to-back.
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