New video highlighting veteran Tiffany McKinely is now online at the Veteran Doc Corps site. McKinely is an Oceanside native and Navy veteran trained as an Information Technologist 2.
After leaving the Navy she used her experience to the tech field and transferred to UC Berkeley where she is a cognitive science major and an active member of the Cal Veterans group. After she graduates from Berkeley in May of this year, she plans on pursuing an MS in Human Factors and Ergonomics at San Jose State University in order to break into the field of Human Computer Interaction.
David Washburn, an award-winning documentary filmmaker directed her documentary. For over a decade, he has worked on films and oral history projects that document America’s rich cultural history, paying special attention to underrepresented communities.
“My work with veterans on VDC films has been a process of discovery – on both sides. The characters in my films constantly require me rethink my assumptions of “typical” military experiences. Their emotions on camera range from appreciative to critical, honored to ashamed – a rich spectrum of sentiment that we are exposed to in narrative films, but rarely see in documentaries on veterans. Likewise, I encourage my subjects to rethink their personal narratives and to find new descriptions that fall outside the “acceptable” image of a veteran. This results in a process of exploration for both participants – filmmaker and veteran – that creates powerful results and true collaboration in storytelling.” – David Washburn
by Naimah Mumin