From Topgun to Filmmaker


Occurred on Tuesday, 8 October 2019


Guest Speaker: Alan Pietruszewski


Original event synopsis

Come hear how a Topgun veteran transitioned into acting and filmmaking. Serving in the military builds a strong work ethic and technical skill set. Shifting to civilian life can be its own adventure. This is especially true when your second career involves filmmaking.

About the speaker
Alan Pietruszewski graduated from college and went into the Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. This turned into a 24 year career that included graduation from Topgun, combat missions in Iraq, flight instructor, and airshow flight crew. He was stationed in San Diego twice (90-93 and 96-99).

Since leaving the Navy, Alan has worked in the entertainment industry as an actor, producer and writer. He is a sixteen year member of Sag-AFTRA. Alan has appeared in Oklahoma and California Suite on stage, in S.W.A.T, Timeless, Westworld, Homeland, Criminal Minds and NCIS on television and Transformers, Zero Dark Thirty and Transformers: Dark of the Moon on film. He recently produced his first feature length film, Another Time which which can be seen on demand and Hulu. See more on his IMDB page.

Alan is a veteran advocate, currently hosting a series of online support programs for vets and founded the group Veterans Mentoring Veterans, providing vets turned performer with mentoring and training.


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