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Forum to Focus on Veterans and Film

July 10, 2014

Contact: Felicia Kelley,

(Los Angeles, CA) As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the Los Angeles Public Library will present a Public Conversation event, Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans Through Hollywood’s Lens on Sunday August 10th, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles.

Since their invention, films have shaped public perceptions about veterans and the impacts of war. Films such as Born on the Fourth of July about paralyzed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic or the 1946 film, The Best Years of Our Lives, about veterans returning from WWII, have made an indelible mark on American’s attitude toward veterans. This forum will delve into how the medium of film has shaped the narrative about veterans’ experiences and how that is changing with recent documentaries about current veterans issues.  The forum will include film clips, discussion and audience participation. Free and open to the public.

Panelists include:
Kirby Dick, Academy/Emmy Award nominated director/writer, The Invisible War (2012 documentary about Military Sexual Assault) Jean Oppenheimer, former Pres., LA Film Critics' Association, film critic, Village Voice Media, KPCC-FM Brayden Yoder, writer, director, screenwriter, US Army Iraq war veteran

The forum will be moderated by David Theo Goldberg, PhD, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and Executive Director of the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub. He holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine.

This Public Conversation, Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans Through Hollywood’s Lens, is part of War Comes Home, a statewide conversation sponsored by Cal Humanities about veterans returning to California. Through more than 800 lectures, forums, film screenings, discussion groups, exhibits, and a statewide reading program, Californians will consider these questions and more.
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Public Conversations is a project of Cal Humanities in partnership with UCHRI, the California State Library, and The Los Angeles Public Library. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Institute, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Special thanks to our partners at the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance.
For more information on War Comes Home click HERE. 

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