Mission

Our goal is to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse personalities, struggles and successes that define the veteran experience through the art of documentary filmmaking. Our stories come from all branches of service, military jobs, campaigns and nations. Our filmmakers are all season professionals and artists. We have made 30 short films. By 2020, we aim to have completed 100 total.

Program Activities

  • Contribute to the world’s understanding of the veteran experience by partnering veterans with professional filmmakers to tell true stories.
  • Promote a greater understanding of the veteran experience through the VDC Website, public screenings and events.
  • Engage veterans, families, citizens, and policymakers in meaningful discussions about the veteran experiences, issues, and interests.

History

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, an Iraq War Veteran (2009-10) and cinema scholar, Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) is a research and service center at San Francisco State University. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Cinema Department at SFSU provided initial funding for the first ten films:

  • Michael Blackwell, USN, Iraq War (directed by Daniel Bernardi)
  • Scott Castle, USMC, Iraq War (directed by Silvia Turchin)
  • Casey Conklin, U.S. Army, Iraq War (directed by Adan Pulido)
  • Zoe Dunning, USN, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (directed by Silvia Turchin)
  • Dave Delgadillo, USMC, Iraq War (directed by Adan Pulido)
  • David Gan, U.S. Army, WWII (directed by David Washburn)
  • Bobby Hollingsworth, U.S. Army, Iraq War (directed by Silvia Turchin)
  • John Heroux, USAF, Persian Gulf War (directed by David Washburn)
  • Tim Kochis, U.S. Army, Vietnam War (directed by Daniel Bernardi)
  • Julie Mendez, U.S. Army, Iraq War (directed by Silvia Turchin)

The veterans and filmmakers work together to tell compelling, often gritty, and always truthful stories. The veteran has "final cut" on their respective project. Each veteran documentary is approved by the veteran before released to the public.

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