Burt Reynolds to co-host Valdosta film festival this weekend

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A true-life documentary called "11 Days and a Wake Up" will premiere Saturday at the RKDS Film Festival in Valdosta.

The film is based on the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan.

Frankie Gay, whose son was one of nine killed in action, produced the film along with Greg Block Productions.

The showing will be at 3 p.m. at the Mathis Auditorium.

There will also be a special co-host, Burt Reynolds, who will be showing his new movie as well.

Gay said he does have a message he wants to share with people around the country.

"I want people to realize that there are still wars going on, especially in Afghanistan," Gay said. "There has been a lot of bloodshed and we are coming up on the 18th anniversary and our sons and daughters are still serving and we need to remember that. And when they come home, they are still in battle and they are trying to re-acclimate themselves."

Ryan Pitts was awarded the medal of honor for his actions at the battle of Wanat.

Other Valdosta films will also be showing at the event.

Gay said the theater does hold 1,200 people, but they are close to selling out.

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