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“Black Panther” director visits JBA

Ryan Coogler

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, left, and executive producer Nate Moore speak with audience members during a Q&A session at the theater on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. The duo facilitated a free military appreciation showing after the Q&A session as a way to give back to service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Ryan Coogler

Audience members listen to with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and executive producer Nate Moore during a Q&A session at the theater on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. The duo facilitated a free military appreciation showing after the Q&A session as a way to give back to service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Ryan Coogler

Nate Moore, “Black Panther” executive producer, sits in the cockpit of a UH-1N Iroquois during a tour at the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. Moore and Ryan Coogler, the film’s director, hosted a free military appreciation showing and a Q&A session as a way to give back to service members and their families. More than 1,600 people showed up for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” director, touches a UH-1N Iroquois during a tour at the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. Coogler took the opportunity to learn more about JBA Airmen and the mission they do each day before arriving at the free military appreciation showing of their film. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Ryan Coogler

Staff Sgt. Joshua Lawson, right, 11th Security Support Squadron military working dog handler, Ryan Coogler, middle, “Black Panther” director, and his wife Zinzi Evans pose for a picture at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. Coogler took the opportunity to learn more about JBA Airmen and the mission they do each day before arriving at the free military appreciation showing of their film. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” director, holds a coin given by Lt. Col. David Fink, 11th Wing director of staff, during a tour at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. Coogler and Nate Moore, “Black Panther” executive producer, hosted a free military appreciation showing and a Q&A session as a way to give back to service members and their families. More than 1,600 people showed up for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” director, sits in the cockpit of a UH-1N Iroquois during a tour at the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 11, 2018. Coogler took the opportunity to learn more about JBA Airmen and the mission they do each day before arriving at the free military appreciation showing of their film. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --

The director and executive producer of Marvel’s “Black Panther” visited the base to debut their highly anticipated film during a free screening for Department of Defense personnel and their families Feb. 12, 2018.

 

Before making their way to the base theater, Ryan Coogler, director, and Nate Moore, executive producer, took time to visit the 1st Helicopter Squadron. In addition to seeing their mission firsthand, they were also observed an 11th Security Support Squadron military working dog demonstration.

 

“It’s always a great opportunity to be able to show public figures just how important our mission is and give Airmen the recognition they deserve,” said Tech. Sgt. William Stone, 11th SSPTS MWD trainer. 

 

After the demonstration, Coogler and Moore departed for the base theater where more than 1,600 people showed up for a Q&A session and the movie premiere. Upon their arrival, the theater erupted into a cheerful applause as the duo made their way to the stage.

 

“I think it’s very cool to see the director in person,” said Allen Sammis, an 8-year-old moviegoer. “I like that they came to the base.”

 

Coogler and Moore took the opportunity to thank military members and their families for their service.

 

“We have a lot of love for the troops,” Coogler said. “Anytime you can show love and spend some time is always a good thing. The best part for me is seeing everybody’s families. The wives, the husbands, the grandmas, the children, that’s the part that’s so moving. It’s a truly rewarding experience.”

 

Moore mentioned showcasing the film to a military audience was one way he could give back.

 

“The troops do so much for us,” Moore said. “It’s the least we can do.”

 

In addition to wanting to give back to the service members, Coogler said his visit to the base had a lot to do with his personal tie to military. His niece currently serves in the Navy and his grandfather served in the Army.

 

“My father was born on base in Fort Hood, Texas,” Coogler said. “My grandfather fought in Vietnam and Korea. I think that discipline had a profound impact on my father, and in turn, had a profound impact on me.”

 

“Black Panther” will make its general opening at the JBA Theater Feb. 16 with multiple showings throughout the weekend.

 

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