Meet our Filmmakers

Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson is a Bay Area independent filmmaker currently completing her M.F.A. degree in Cinema. She also previously received her bachelors in cinema with an emphasis in animation. She has worked on both documentary films and fictional narratives and enjoys many aspects of filmmaking including, but not limited to directing, art direction, videography, editing and screenwriting. Her first film, "In Shadows", won the Robin Eickman Cinema Student scholarship and was a departmental nominee for the Kodak scholarship.

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Robert Barbarino

Robert Barbarino

Robert is a filmmaker with experience in both documentary and fiction filmmaking. He is interested in exploring the relationship that exists between the filmmaker and the documentary subject. Robert earned his M.F.A in filmmaking from San Francisco State University and his B.A. in Film Studies from California State University, Sacramento.

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Michael Behrens

Michael Behrens

Michael A. Behrens is a business and fundraising professional with over 20 years of experience. Currently, he is the Director of Development for the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors for the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council and Bona Fide Films. Michael holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

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Soumyaa Behrens

Soumyaa Behrens

Behrens is an award-winning director and producer whose projects have screened at festivals nationwide. Her work engages issues that influence the human condition and the political landscapes that shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities. She is post-production on a new documentary film that chronicles the forced demise of a community-recycling center in San Francisco due to gentrification efforts. Behrens produces and directs a range of projects at the DocFilm Institute including the "Abina and the Important Men", "Echoes of an Ensemble", and "Veteran Documentary Corps" as well as a number of feature films. She recently appeared on CNN Dialogues in conversation about film and social justice. She has also presented work at the Tides | Thoreau Center series, Righting Wrongs: Celebrating Human Rights in Action. Behrens is the President of Bay Area Women in Film & Media and serves of the nonprofit board of Bona Fide Films.

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Daniel L Bernardi

Daniel Bernardi

Daniel Bernardi is a cultural studies scholar and documentary filmmaker in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. His research explores the representation and narration of race and ethnicity in film, television and popular culture. He is currently extending this work to address culture conflict, transmediation, and the shifting American narrative in the Middle East. He is the author of Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future (1998), co-author of Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (2012), editor of the Rutgers University Press book series, War Culture, and the Director of the Veterans Documentary Corp at SF State. A Naval Reserve officer, he has served in Italy, Iraq, Indonesia, Oceania and Vietnam (2012), among other areas of the U.S. and world.

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Maria Luisa Forenza

Maria Luisa Forenza

Maria Luisa Forenza is an Italian filmmaker based in San Francisco. After attending the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, she went to Serbia filming during the war. Through her work she has been exploring true stories of citizens and victims, producing social and historical documentaries in Italy and around the world distributed by RAI-TV, History Channel, Netflix. She is currently part of the M.F.A. program at the School of Cinema of San Francisco State University. Forenza is interested in making VDC films with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with particular focus on the memories of Italian soldiers, as their war experience is valuable legacy to future generations.

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John Giannini

John Giannini

John Giannini is a photojournalist and filmmaker with more than four decades of experience. He began his career as a U.S. Army combat photographer and served two tours in Vietnam. He has covered major stories for some of the world’s major news magazines and newspapers, including "The New York Times", "Time", "Life", and "Newsweek", among other international photo agencies. He was the first staff photographer based in China for "Agence France-Presse". Giannini is interested in making VDC films featuring veterans from the Vietnam war, specifically those that are supporting today’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. He is also interested in vets from WWII.

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Jennifer Hammett

Jennifer Hammett

Jennifer Hammett's first film for the VDC concerns sexual assault in the military, with its persistent effects on large numbers of veterans. Hammett also wrote, directed and edited (with Camille Seaman) a documentary on a 86 year-old woman print artist; "Habits of Faith", screened at film festivals all over the U.S. and won several awards. Her book on the structure of short films will be published in late 2016.

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Adan Pulido

Adan Pulido

Adan Pulido is a Bay Area filmmaker with almost ten years experience working on independent films and television programs. A veteran, he served in the Marine Corps from 2002-2006 to include two combat tours in Iraq. He is an alumnus of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. Adan is interested in making films about combat veterans still coming to terms with their experience, as well as examining those who fight unpopular wars.

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Valerie Soe

Valerie Soe

Since 1986 Valerie Soe has produced more than 22 experimental videos, installations and documentary films that look at gender, representation, cultural identity and anti-racism struggles . These have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, on cable and broadcast television, at film festivals worldwide and have received dozens of awards, grants, and commissions from the 1987 Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, the 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival, the 1994 San Francisco International Film Festival, the 2011 Commffest Global Community Film Festival, and the 2013 Humboldt Film Festival, among others.

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Silvia Turchin

Silvia Turchin

Silvia Turchin is a San Francisco-based documentary and experimental filmmaker with over ten years of experience in the field. She has worked as both a cinematographer and editor. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California (USC) and her M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute among other Bay Area institutions. Turchin is interested in making documentaries about the wide range of human stories within the veteran experience so as to create a deeper understanding between the civilian and veteran communities.

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David Washburn

David Washburn

David Washburn is a Bay Area filmmaker with over a decade of experience working on participant-based projects. His practice ranges from documentaries intended for television to experimental works shot on 16mm. His latest documentary, "An American Mosque", about a Muslim community's reaction to a devastating hate-crime, screened at film festivals nationwide and is slated for PBS distribution in 2014. He is a recipient of awards from the California Council for the Humanities, Center for Cultural Innovation, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and U.S. Department of Education (Jacob K. Javits Fellowship), among others. For VDC, Washburn is particularly interested in telling veteran stories from WWII, Korea and Vietnam, where he can collaborate with VDC subjects to explore where their personal stories diverge from our collective assumptions of these conflicts.

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