By Adan Pulido, VDC Project Manager, Festival Director
Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) is excited to announce the 2nd Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and their salute to women. The event takes place on October 5, 2013 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Veterans and community members alike are welcome to enjoy a day of cinema, music and food free of charge.
Mainstream media often misconstrues the veteran story as a homogenous story of war creating a mythic understanding of what it means to serve. The festival’s mission is to erode these conventions and present authentic representations. This years line up of films continues to chip away at these stereotypes and narrowly guided representations of the veteran experience by focusing on the challenges women face while serving in a male dominated military.
Local veteran advocate, festival founder and retired Master Sergeant, Eddie Ramirez is pleased with the growing success of the festival, “we are bringing a lot of veteran’s organizations and filmmakers together from different backgrounds and providing the community with an event that we hope will continue to serve the city for years to come.”
Dr. Daniel Bernardi, Cinema Chair at San Francisco State University, Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserves, and Executive Director of Veteran Documentary Corps shares his excitement, “The Master Sergeant is doing an amazing job and we are pleased to sponsor this event and screen our VDC films at the festival. We are all behind this and doing everything we can to make this important event happen.”
SFVFF works hard to curate films from a variety of perspectives, and offer safe places for spectators, veterans and their subjects to engage in productive community discourse. For directions to the Mission Cultural Center click the link below, and we look forward to seeing you there. http://www.missionculturalcenter.org/