Announcing the Official Selections for the 2017 SFVFF.
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AFTER FIRE by Brittany Huckabee DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
90 min SAT, Dec 2 at 3:40 pm
With intimate access to the lives of three Latina women veterans, this film is an observational documentary that throws a spotlight on the human toll of military service - including military sexual trauma, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction - telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.
A Vietnam era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching aftermath of war, and the failing systems that continue the legacy of trauma from generation to generation.
BRASS RAZOO by Rupert Raineri NARRATIVE SHORT
8 min 42 sec, SAT, Dec 2 at 10:50 am
Brass Razoo is a character study based on the return of a fictional soldier and his adjustment to reality after his time in Afghanistan.
Dance of Death
DANCE OF DEATH: the fatal fandango of war and healthcare by Mark Pinto, Patricia Lee Stotter MUSIC VIDEO
3 min 25 sec SAT, Dec 3 at 1:40 pm
This film presents the country's failure to heal moral injury and support our warriors through their fiercest battle of all—saving their souls on the home front. The film is part of a larger work-in- process, Paging Dr. Faustus.
An American photojournalist struggles with his assignment - and his emotions - when he embeds with a team of U.S. Marines during fierce urban combat in the deadliest battle of the Iraq War, the fight for Fallujah in 2004.
GOLD STAR by Josh Wheat, James Giese DOCUMENTARY SHORT
7 min 42 sec SAT, Dec 2 at 10:30 am
A documentary that looks into the Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend and provides insights into what it means to become a Gold Star Parent, and the bond that is formed between them.
Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, The Wright siblings honor Sp-5 Wyley Wright Jr. and "the wife of his youth", Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death. The ceremony ultimately leads the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father.
SIMPLE SOLUTION by Arturo Mireles NARRATIVE SHORT
8 min 15 sec SAT, Dec 2 at 10:40 am
On October 24, 2016 the news broke that some veterans needed to pay back their enlistment bonuses. This film is a dramatization of one veteran as he is dealing with the news using alcohol and his skills in a new environment and state of mind.
Thank You For Your Service tackles the mental health crisis in the military and addresses specific solutions to reducing stigmas both within the military and as a larger cultural and societal context. The documentary also tells the story of incredibly resilient Veterans whose struggles and triumphs are chronicled in the film. With interviews from the leaders of our military and our government, as well as mental health professionals, non-profit leaders and Veterans and their families.
For five years, a documentary filmmaker followed the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded Veteran can have on caregivers, families and relationships. The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers, and to ignite change.