2018 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival - Stories of Strength and Discovery

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2018 SFVFF Contact: Eddie Ramirez (415) 244-7100 / Eduardo.Ramirez415@gmail.com SFPL Contact: Mindy Linetzy (415) 554-4252 / Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
2018 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

Stories of Strength and Discovery

WHAT:  7th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival WHEN:  Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, 12 - 4:30 p.m. WHERE:  Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF (Grove Street entrance) COST:  Admission is free San Francisco, CA – OneVet OneVoice and the San Francisco Public Library announce the lineup for the 7th annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF18), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event. The festival, with screenings on November 3 and 4 at the Main Library, shares authentic veteran stories and gives the public an opportunity to learn about the challenges and perspectives of veterans and active duty military. This year’s festival features stories of veterans who find healing through creativity and discover surprising new connections. Films include the reunion of two Red Cross ‘Donut Dollies;’ the story of the challenges faced by a returning medevac unit; the tale of veteran poets who find a newfound tribe in each other; and Visions of Warriors, which depicts how veterans working with the VA in Menlo Park used photography therapy to help them heal. The two-day festival includes 16 films, both short and full-length. Military service periods range from World War I through modern day. The program is free to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the two-day event. Saturday festival attendees are also invited to the evening’s Filmmakers Reception. “We are grateful to provide a forum for veterans to express their creativity, explore the complexity of their experiences and emotions, and connect with other veterans as well as our civilian brothers and sisters. We hope this brings honor and healing to our service men and women and builds stronger bonds among all Americans,” comments Eddie Ramirez, founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and the sponsoring organization OneVet OneVoice. Highlights of the 2018 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following: We Are Not Done Yet (40 min) Sareen Hairabedian Ten U.S. veterans of varied backgrounds come together in hopes of battling their traumatic military pasts through the art of written word. Grappling with PTSD, the “warrior poets” share fears, vulnerabilities and victories that eventually culminate into a live performance of a collaborative poem under the direction of actor Jeffrey Wright. In the process of creating their poetry and rehearsing for the performance, these men and women build a new-found tribe in one another, allowing them to share the too often hidden truths about their intimacy with war, death and trauma. Screening Saturday, Nov. 3 Trauma (1 hr 27 min) Harry Sanna After saving lives on the battlefields of Afghanistan, the members of a helicopter medevac unit return home to their families, each changed in different ways. Screening Saturday, Nov. 3 Visions of Warriors (1 hr 33 min) Ming Lai Four veterans from the Vietnam War era to the Iraq War participate in the groundbreaking Veteran Photo Recovery Project at the VA Menlo Park and use innovative photography therapy. Screening Sunday, Nov. 4 Donut Dollies (1 hr 26 min) Norm Anderson In 1968, two best friends joined an elite team and flew into a war zone wearing powder blue dresses. They were Red Cross Donut Dollies. These idealistic young women embraced their mission - to cheer up the GIs in Vietnam - with energy, creativity, compassion and resolve but had no idea what they were getting into. 47 years later, they reunite in Vietnam to retrace their steps; ask why they went; ask whether they made a difference; unlock buried memories and share their stories for the first time. Screening Sunday, Nov. 4 The full line up of screenings is available at www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org. About the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival San Francisco Veterans Film Festival 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 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 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 families. For more information please visit www.sfpl.org/veterans.
October 23, 2018