The Documentary Film Institute (DocFilm) at San Francisco State University announces The Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) project. VDC links professional filmmakers with veterans to tell true stories of the veteran experience to other veterans and their communities. Our goal is to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse personalities, struggles, and successes that define the veteran experience. Our stories come from all branches of service, military jobs, campaigns and nations.
Founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, an Iraq War Veteran (2009-10) and Chair of the Cinema Department as San Francisco State University, VDC has produced ten short length documentaries that each focus on a single veteran’s true story. These documentaries can be found at Veterandocs.org. Several are also featured in film festivals.
“We want veterans to see that they’re not alone,” Bernardi said. “We don’t want to be all pretty and fluffy and patriotic. We want the veteran to have the final say. We want to be very much in the documentary tradition of trying to reveal truth, emotion and experience.”
Today we are releasing two additional documentaries:
–Casey Conklin, U.S. Army, Afghanistan War (directed by Adan Pulido)
A former Army Ranger’s challenge to find a new sense of purpose in the civilian world that is as selfless and meaningful as that of a Ranger in wartime.
-Jack Lyon, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam War (directed by John Giannini)
45 years after serving as a platoon commander in Vietnam, Jack Lyon stays committed to the Marine’s motto of Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), offering physical and spiritual support to wounded Marines at the Naval medical Center in San Diego.
The Documentary Film Institute (DocFilm) at San Francisco State University produces independent documentary films, designs and maintains virtual archives and screening spaces, sponsors film festivals and conferences on the documentary form and culture, offers education programs such as master classes, and conducts applied research. Their most recent feature film, Cachao: Uno Más, appeared on PBS American Masters and is currently in the process of being developed for international and educational distribution.
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