For Immediate Release: October 16, 2019
Eddie Ramirez, San Francisco Veterans Film Fest
(415) 244-7100 / Eduardo.Ramirez415@gmail.com
Jaime Wong, San Francisco Public Library
(415) 554-4295 / Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org
2019 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
Sharing compelling stories of strength and discovery
San Francisco, CA– OneVet OneVoice and San Francisco Public Library announce the lineup for the 8th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF19), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event. The festival, with screenings on Nov. 2 and 3 at the Main Library, provides a unique forum for veterans to find expression, healing, and community while increasing the public’s awareness of the multitude of challenges facing our nation’s military veterans.
The powerful independent films featured in this year’s festival explore complex topics, including the over-prescription of medications, female veterans coping with trauma and PTSD, Native American and Chinese American experiences in the service and back home, investigations into profiteering and corruption and the complicated situation for Iraqi and Afghan citizens who serve as U.S. military interpreters.
The two-day festival includes 13 films, both short and full-length, as well as panel discussions with film directors and cast. 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 honored to once again provide a forum for veterans to express their creativity, tell their stories, and connect with other veterans, active duty personnel and our civilian family. This festival is only two days a year, but the subjects we explore affect our veterans each day of their lives. We hope these films and panel discussions bring honor, promote healing and build 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 2019 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following:
Vigil, written and directed by Chris King
A young woman lies awake, thinking about what could have been. “Vigil” is a short, powerful tribute to our fallen soldiers and their families. Inspired by a true story.
Screening Saturday, Nov. 2
Our Youngest Heroes: Growing Up a Caregiver, directed by Richard Lui
This first-person documentary is presented through the lens of a national news anchor, who comes from a military background and cares for his father long-distance. He embarks on a personal journey to shed light on the untold stories of these young caregivers confronting the same questions he does: How much can I sacrifice? And will I regret my choices? Will I let my loved one down?
Screening Saturday, Nov. 2, followed by panel discussion with filmmakers and cast
Unprescribed, directed by Steve Ellmore
Amid the opioid and suicide epidemics, military veterans across the nation are ditching prescription medications in favor of cannabis. In his first feature-length documentary, producer, director, and military veteran Steve Ellmore chronicles the lives of fellow veterans, spouses, and family members coping with war-related trauma and the loss of loved ones to suicide brought on by the over-prescription of pharmaceuticals.
Screening Sunday, Nov. 3
Vietnam: An Inner View,directed and produced by Marc C. Waszkiewicz; written, narrated and produced by Lea Jones
Vietnam: An Inner View is a music-based documentary providing an apolitical, uniquely accessible,compassionate look at a small group of young Marines as they serve their tours of duty in Vietnam circa 1968. The film is built around an all-original ‘60s rock soundtrack and populated by the thousands of photographs made by director/producer Marc C. Waszkiewicz during his three combat tours. Additionally, PBS-produced interviews with Marc’s brothers-in-arms, made primarily in 1995, offer an array of insights into common experiences, some of course harrowing and heartbreaking, some of general (military/personal) interest, and others simply hilarious.
Screening Sunday, Nov. 3, followed by directors’ panel
San Francisco Veterans Film Festival – Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Nov. 3, 12 – 5 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
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 sfveteransfilmfestival.org.
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.
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 sfpl.org/veterans.