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A Day in the Life of America’s Veterans-11.11.11

The School of Communication will screen V-DAY 11.11.11, a new documentary honoring America’s 22 million veterans, on November 9 in Regents Hall on the Water Tower Campus. You can view the trailer of  V-Day 11.11.11.

Read the story from this Summer's issue of  Inside Loyola, Record of Service by Jenny Kustra-Quinn. InsideLoyola Sum12.pdf

The documentary, which premiered in May at the Pritzker Military Library to a reflective audience, was the project of SOC faculty, Instructor John C.P. Goheen, and Associate Professor Aaron Greer, program director of the Film and Digital Media Program in SOC.

Goheen, an Army veteran, who teaches video and documentary production in SOC directed the documentary. Greer, an executive producer teaches courses ranging from Intro to Cinema to Advanced Post Production in SOC. They are joined by a cast of impressive filmmakers, producers and editors nationwide who donate their time and talent to the production and outreach of V-DAY 11.11.11.

Cameras followed veterans of all ages, gender and branches of the military in their communities across the country on the momentous Nov. 11, 2011 Veterans Day, and beyond, for a glimpse of the lives of these individuals.  Footage was then woven together to create a quilt of stories that tell the experiences of being a veteran.

“Our goal was to provide a way for living veterans and the families of fallen veterans to speak about things they generally prefer to keep to themselves, and to provoke the kind of thought and reflection that Veterans Day is all about,” says Goheen.

 The range and depth of perspectives included in the film is broad, as stories date range from the Civil War Battle of Pittsburg captured at the Shiloh National Military Park to modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The audience meets a family who adopted the military dog commanded by their young fallen Marine, as well as a Gold Star Father, a group of veterans who use golf therapy to bond over the experience of serving in a war, and Hopi Indians who serve as code talkers, among many others. The stories of the profiled veterans are punctuated by a roundtable of veterans who share insights and memories of serving their country and the unique pride and brotherhood of military personnel.

A generous grant awarded by Chicago-based Tawani Foundation aids in the exhibition and outreach costs of this non-profit project. The film is being offered for free to any veterans’ organization across the country to host a screening. In addition to nationwide screenings, the documentary is also being submitted to film festivals, developing a social media presence and partnering with public television stations and national cable networks.

Veterans’ groups; military museum;  community organization; school or universities interested in receiving a free copy of V-DAY 11.11.11 to host a screening, please contact mashbrock@luc.edu or 312.915.6972. 

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