SF Veterans Film Festival 2017 Showcases Real Stories of U.S. Military and Veteran Men and Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 30, 2017

SFVVF Contact: Pamela Coddington
Phone: (415) 299-0251
Email: pamela@coddingtonpr.com

SFPL Contact: Katherine Jardine
Phone: (415) 544-4295
Email: Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


San Francisco Veterans Film Festival 2017 Showcases Real Stories
of U.S. Military and Veteran Men and Women


WHAT:                 6th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

WHEN:                   Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.                                                                                           Sunday, Dec. 3, 12 – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library,                                                                       100 Larkin Street, SF (Grove Street entrance)

Admission is free

San Francisco, CA —OneVet OneVoice announces the lineup for their 6th annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event and the non-profit’s yearly public education event, hosted by the San Francisco Public Library. The film festival shares the real stories of service men and women as well as veterans, unfiltered by Hollywood, while educating the community at large. The full line of screenings and panel discussions will be available online at www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org.

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17) offers a rare opportunity for Veterans to find support while allowing the general population to learn about the issues facing the 1% of the American population that serves in the United States active duty military forces.  These men and women are more often becoming part of San Francisco’ growing veteran community since California has the largest population of veterans in the United States (1.9 million men and women of all ages). Today’s veterans are facing a mental health crisis that has resulted in more deaths by suicide than in active duty.  It is estimated that 20 U.S. veterans commit suicide each day.

The 2-day festival includes 13 films made by veterans, veteran families, independent filmmakers and students. This year’s animations, dramas and documentary short and feature length films include unique points of view on a range of situations. Stories this year range from the emotional support shared between the members of a group of Gold Star families and the challenges facing caregivers to how the emotional damage dramatized by a veteran coping with the VA benefits repayment issue, or from why we have a mental health crisis facing our Veterans to ways some veterans are healing from emotional, moral and physical injuries after deployment.

“Each year we showcase films that provide the public with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the men and women who serve our country, building empathy for our veterans,” comments Eddie Ramirez, founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and the sponsoring organization OneVet OneVoice. “The program of films and speakers provides real stories of struggles as well as real solutions, helping veterans in attendance while educating the broader community, which supports healing by making a smoother transition back to home, family and work.”

The 2017 program is free of charge to the public and offers film screenings, panel discussions with both filmmakers and experts from organizations that provide support to veterans, and special events that celebrate the filmmakers. Saturday attendees are invited to the evening’s Filmmakers Reception. The 2017 programming is possible thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council and the support of the San Francisco Public Library.

Films in the 2017 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following:

 After Fire (1 hr 30 min) Brittany Huckabee
With intimate access to the lives of three Latina women veterans, this film is an observational documentary that throws a spotlight on the human toll of military service – including military sexual trauma, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction – telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.

Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence (1 hr 8 min) Anita Sugimura Holsapple
A Vietnam era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching aftermath of war, and the failing systems that continue the legacy of trauma from generation to generation.

Brass Razoo (8 min 42 sec) Rupert Raineri
Brass Razoo is a dramatic character study based on the return of a fictional soldier and his adjustment to reality after his time in Afghanistan.

Dance of Death: The fatal fandango of war and healthcare (4 min ) Mark Pinto and Patricia Lee Stotter
This film presents the country’s failure to heal moral injury and support our warriors through their fiercest battle of all—saving their souls on the home front. The film is part of a larger work-in-process, Paging Dr. Faustus.

Devil Dogs (23 min 30 sec) director Lindsay Holt
This dramatic short film profiles an American photojournalist as he struggles with his assignment – and his emotions – when embedded with a team of U.S. Marines during fierce urban combat in the deadliest battle of the Iraq War, the fight for Fallujah in 2004.

Gold Star (7 min 24 sec) James Giese, Josh Wheat
A documentary that looks into the Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend and provides insights into what it means to become a Gold Star Parent, and the bond that is formed between them.

Honor Flight: Vietnam (29 min 53 sec) Ross Raventos
A documentary that follows the Honor Flight program in Kern County as it takes its first group of Vietnam Veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorial.

Love Separated In Life…Love Reunited in Honor (14 min 27 sec)
Jackie Wright

Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, the documentary follows the Wright siblings as they honor Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. and ‘the wife of his youth,’ Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death. The ceremony ultimately leads the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father.

Simple Solution (8 min 15 sec) Arturo Mireles
On October 24, 2016 the news broke that some veterans needed to pay back their enlistment bonuses. This film is a dramatization of one veteran as he is dealing with the news using alcohol and his skills in a new environment and state of mind.

Ten Thousand Miles (21 min) Nathan Ellis
When the worst happens in combat, soldiers rely on their team for survival…but what does it take to survive the worst back home? This dramatic short explores one story.

Thank You For Your Service (1 hr 41 min) Tom Donahue
Thank You For Your Service tackles the mental health crisis in the military and addresses specific solutions to reducing stigmas both within the military and as a larger cultural and societal context. The documentary also tells the story of incredibly resilient Veterans whose struggles and triumphs are chronicled in the film.  With interviews from the leaders of our military and our government, as well as mental health professionals, non-profit leaders and Veterans and their families.

The Catcher (3 min 7 sec) Cassie Guidry
Animated short film about a soldier suffering with PTSD who seeks the aid of a Dreamcatcher Weaver to save him from his nightmares.

The Weight of Honor (56 min) Stephanie Seldin Howard
For five years, a documentary filmmaker followed the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded Veteran can have on caregivers, families and relationships. The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers, and to ignite change.

About the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17) is a robust forum for Veterans and civilian filmmakers to express their creativity and to share their stories, which in turn helps further healing and brings greater awareness to the public on the challenges our nation’s veteran’s face. The annual festival spotlights both veteran and civilian filmmakers addressing issues about Veterans and military-related topics.  For more information please visit www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org.

About OneVet OneVoice
OneVet OneVoice is a non-profit based in San Francisco founded on the belief that healthcare, education, housing and employees for veterans and military families should be inextricably linked together.  The organization is known for the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative.  The goal of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is to support one of the key missions of OneVet OneVoice: to educate the general public about the current issues facing our veterans, and provide a place for veterans to learn more about current support available.

About the San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center
San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center, located on the 5th floor of the Main Library, supports the veteran community with free computer access, a specialized veterans book collection, and information and assistance for veterans and their family. For more information please visit www.sfpl.org/veterans