Daniel Bernardi is Chair of the Cinema Department and Executive Director of DocFilm at San Francisco State University. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for the Sci-Fi Channel as a consultant, writer and host of Future Now. Bernardi is also an officer in the United States Navy Reserves. From 2009 to 2010 he served in Iraq with Special Operations Task Force Central training Iraqi Soldiers on combat camera operations. Bernardi is interested in making VDC films featuring veterans that have used their experiences in the military, however challenging, to achieve success in their private lives. He is especially interested in telling the stories of vets from other countries, from the Korean War, and from the Iraq War. He welcomes vets from all branches of military service.
Maria Luisa Forenza is an Italian filmmaker based in San Francisco. After attending the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, she went to Serbia filming during the war. Through her work she has been exploring true stories of citizens and victims, producing social and historical documentaries in Italy and around the world distributed by RAI-TV, History Channel, Netflix. She is currently part of the MFA program at the Cinema Department of the San Francisco State University. Forenza is interested in making VDC films with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with particular focus on the memories of Italian soldiers, as their war experience is valuable legacy to future generations.
John Giannini is a photojournalist and filmmaker with more than four decades of experience. He began his career as a US Army combat photographer and served two tours in Vietnam. He has covered major stories for some of the world’s major news magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Time, Life, and Newsweek, among other international photo agencies. He was the first staff photographer based in China for Agence France-Presse. Giannini is interested in making VDC films featuring veterans from the Vietnam war, specifically those that are supporting today’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. He is also interested in vets from WWII.
Adan Pulido is a Bay Area filmmaker with almost ten years experience working on independent films and television programs. A veteran, he served in the Marine Corps from 2002-2006 to include two combat tours in Iraq. He is an alumnus of the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. Adan is interested in making films about combat veterans still coming to terms with their experience, as well as examining those who fight unpopular wars.
Silvia Turchin is a San Francisco-based documentary and experimental filmmaker with over ten years of experience in the field. She has worked as both a cinematographer and editor. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California (USC) and her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute among other Bay Area institutions. Turchin is interested in making documentaries about the wide range of human stories within the veteran experience so as to create a deeper understanding between the civilian and veteran communities.
David Washburn is a Bay Area filmmaker with over a decade of experience working on participant-based projects. His practice ranges from documentaries intended for television to experimental works shot on 16mm. His latest documentary, An American Mosque, about a Muslim community’s reaction to a devastating hate-crime, screened at film festivals nationwide and is slated for PBS distribution in 2014. He is a recipient of awards from the California Council for the Humanities, Center for Cultural Innovation, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and U.S. Department of Education (Jacob K. Javits Fellowship), among others.
For VDC, Washburn is particularly interested in telling veteran stories from WWII, Korea and Vietnam, where he can collaborate with VDC subjects to explore where their personal stories diverge from our collective assumptions of these conflicts.