SAN MATEO DAILY JOURNAL -- Run by Daniel Bernardi, director and professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University and a veteran, the site was born out of the idea that most people seemed uninterested in the wars the U.S. was engaging in for a decade. Filming for Castle’s video took place last year.
“I came to the conclusion that we were eroding our democracy by divorcing our professional military from the people they signed up to protect,” Bernardi wrote in an e-mail. “You couple this with the horrific number of suicides and it seemed to me that we’re in a state of collective unconscious. I had access to film studios, a sound stage, equipment and, most of all, an amazing cadre of filmmakers. So I married professional filmmakers with courageous vets in an effort to tell the veteran story.”
Castle, who served in a front-line unit from 2002 to 2006, is a freelance grant writer who graduated from SF State with a degree in Technical and Professional Writing.