Announcing the Official Selections for the 2017 SFVFF.
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Runtime 29 mins. Director Marcia Rock
Diné (Navajo) warriors have served proudly and bravely, from the Code Talkers in WWII, to the Army Rangers in Viet Nam, to the Army and Reserves who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their dedication and courage in battle does not protect them when they return home. Many were afraid of losing limbs; they did not anticipate the psychological damage from Post Traumatic Stress.
Runtime 30 mins. Directors Michael L Miller & Geri Lynn Weinstein Matthews
JUSTICE DENIED, a 30 minute documentary that takes a no-holds- barred look at sexual assault of men within the ranks of America’s armed forces and the service members who must live with the aftermath of those heinous crimes for the rest of their lives.
Angels of Anbar
Runtime 6 mins. Director/Producer Elvis León For Mature Audiences: war violence and strong language
Director/Producer Elvis León writes, "I decided to share my personal experience of my 15 month deployment to Ramadi, Iraq. This was a tough story to tell, but felt it was time to get the monkey off my back. Among the violence and chaos, I found spirituality and a new lease on life.
"This video was created at the Digital Storytelling workshop. It was a three day intensive designed to help you to tell a personal story by only using personal pictures, videos, and narration."
The Long Journey Home
Runtime 16 mins. Director John H. Wan
A young war veteran confides in a small town barber his struggle with PTSD and discovers within the healing process that he is not alone.
HEAL! Veterans Speak About PTSD
Runtime 5 mins. Director/Producer Vicki Topaz
HEAL! features service members who are recovering from the traumas of military service with the aid of their highly trained, faithful service dogs. Five veterans speak about their personal challenges with post-traumatic stress, and the human-canine bond that redirects their focus and nourishes their will to live. Viewers of HEAL! are able to glimpse the effects of war and the difficulties our veterans face on coming home.
Presently, 22 U.S. service members commit suicide every day. HEAL! encourages veterans to seek help.
Beyond The Divide
Runtime 84 mins. Director/Producer Jan Selby
Fifty years have passed since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The politics and casualties are history yet deep scars remain between those who served and those who fought a different war at home. In BEYOND THE DIVIDE, a powerful feature-length documentary set in the beauty of Missoula, Montana, the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate illuminate a path to healing old wounds. The story inspires audiences to take steps to reach beyond polarization in search of what unites us instead of what divides us.
Vet Stories: Bobby Hollingsworth
Runtime 7 mins. Director Silvia Turchin
This is the second in a series of Veteran Documentary Corps docs on Bobby Hollingsworth, who was a member of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command unit. Produced by Daniel Bernardi and directed by Silvia Turchin, Bobby's interview was shot on the San Francisco State University Cinema Department’s soundstage.
Bobby Hollingsworth served in the United States Army for 10 years. During that time he was deployed once to Iraq in September 2006. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Bobby started attending college to earn his undergraduate degree in Cinema studies at San Francisco State University, where he is currently in his final year and due to graduate in May 2013. He spends most my free time with his wife and young son.
No Wine Left Behind
Runtime 14 mins. Director Kevin Gordon
An Iraq War hero leads a ragtag group of veterans as they try to conquer the wine industry.
The M.I.A.'s on Tiger Mountain
Runtime 53 mins. Director Norman Lloyd
In April, 1968, then-Lieutenant Mike Sprayberry of Delta Company, United States Army led a small group of volunteers on a harrowing nighttime rescue in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley. Their mission: to save a platoon of infantrymen encircled, ambushed, and pinned down by superior North Vietnamese forces on the flank of Tiger Mountain. The rescue was successful–all of the survivors of the ambush were extracted–but the bodies of three fallen soldiers could not be recovered. When an observation helicopter attempted to locate the three KIAs, it too was lost to heavy enemy fire, and the bodies of the three helicopter crewmen likewise could not be recovered. To this day, the bodies of all six men remain in the A Shau Valley.
In the code of the warrior, no fallen comrade is left behind on the battlefield. Sometimes fate and orders dictate that there is simply no choice but to do so, but the men left behind are never forgotten. Medal of Honor recipient Mike Sprayberry has certainly never forgotten.