The 5th Annual SF Veterans Film Festival expanded to two days for the first time, with two panel discussions and screenings of 16 films, both short and feature-length. Highlights included a panel discussion on Saturday about PTSD, with Evana Mack and Elizabeth Fleming from the VA Medical Center and Veteran Jack Ravin; a reception for Veterans and Filmmakers at San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery; a panel discussion on Sunday about Women in the Military with filmmakers Susan Sipprelle ("Soldier On: Life After Deployment") and Kane Andrade ("Two Lovers") and actor and Veteran Michelle Dallocchio ("Soldiers Period"); and informal Q&A sessions with filmmakers Joshua Feigenbaum ("Trigger"), Susan Sipprelle, and Christopher Upham ("Return To Dak To"), and with Veteran Dave Jennelle and his service dog Laddie.
SF Public Main Library, Koret Auditorium
The 4th Annual SF Veterans Film Festival was held at the SF Public Library Main Branch, Koret Auditorium for the first time. We presented nine films on a Saturday afternoon, both shorts and feature-length. Highlights included a panel discussion with "HEAL! Veterans Speak About PTSD" filmmaker Vicki Topaz with veterans from Operation Freedom Paws who were interviewed for the film, and their service dogs; a panel discussion with "Justice Denied" filmmakers Michael L Miller & Geri Lynn Weinstein Matthews about Military Sexual Trauma; and a closing Q&A with Norman Lloyd, director of "The M.I.A.'s on Tiger Mountain."
The Beginning: #SFVFF12 & #SFVFF14
Photos by Emily Gibson for Mission Local and Eddie Ramirez
The first San Francisco Veterans Film Festival took place in 2012 at the War Memorial Veterans Building, which is now the home office location for our sponsor organization, OneVet OneVoice. Notable films included "The Longoria Affair", "Service: When Women Come Marching Home", and short films from SF State Virtual Veterans Corps. The 2nd Annual SFVFF in 2013 moved to the Mission Cultural Center. The program focused on women in the military, Agent Orange, and LGBTQ veterans ("The Camouflage Closet"). The 3rd Annual SFVFF at Mamá Art Cafe featured short films from the Veterans Doc Corps and the Documentary Film Institute, both from SF State University, as well as the documentary film, "Brothers At War."