The Veterans' Project
FD2 - Long Form Video or Film Documentary
- *Best of Competition*
The Veterans' Project
The Veteran’s Project seeks to help bridge the "Military-Civilian Gap" and bring compelling stories of returning veterans with service-related injuries to civilian medical practitioners and the greater community.
From EMTs and nurses to doctors and surgeons; from volunteers and community advocates to health care administrators; from families, friends, neighbors, educators and the general public – we all have a role to play in addressing these issues. In using the documentary form and relying on the capacity of storytelling to foster a deep connectivity between audience and participants, the goal for the project is to create a communication and educational tool, inspired by our veterans' stories of challenge and resiliency.
I started this project in early 2014 soon after meeting colleague and now collaborator, Todd Fredricks, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. We created Media in Medicine, an interdisciplinary platform for medical storytelling, research and education. The Veterans' Project is our flagship project and the most ambitious of our endeavors.
The original inspiration for this film came from Dr. Fredricks, and his experience as a flight surgeon with three tours in Iraq, as well as his career as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and educator. He became keenly aware of and troubled by a deep disconnection between veterans with service-related injuries and the civilian practitioners who were treating them. It has been a rewarding interdisciplinary experience and a challenging one for me as I steward a major project as a producer with a first time director in documentary filmmaking. I co-produced the film with Dr. Fredricks, served as the lead videographer and location audio recordist, and served as the post-production supervisor including the role of lead editor. In no way do I wish to diminish the role of my collaborator as the director of the film, but I do feel my contributions to the film validate consideration in the Festival of Media Arts. Thank you for considering this entry and I look forward to the feedback from my colleagues.
More information about the film and Media in Medicine can be found here: