Vol. 4, Issue 5: May-Jun 2021
Can a film festival adapt to COVID conditions? With veterans and libraries working together, the answer is yes!
Working in partnership with local nonprofit OneVet OneVoice, the San Francisco Public Library Veterans Resource Center has hosted the Veterans Film Festival since 2016. The festival showcases films by and about the veteran experience, and provides a forum for expression, healing, and community while increasing awareness of the multitude of challenges facing our nation’s military. But in 2020 the festival, which takes place every year around Veterans Day, could not be the usual in-person gathering with screenings and a reception for filmmakers. Instead, OneVet OneVoice used BingeWave to host the selected films online, streaming them every day during the week of November 8-14. SFPL hosted a virtual director’s panel on Zoom, presenting a conversation between many of the selected directors about their process and their aspirations for their films. More than 100 people registered for the director’s panel, and viewership of the online films topped previous in-person events.
“The film festival is a platform to bridge that gap between the civilian population and the veteran community,” says OneVet OneVoice founder Eddie Ramirez. “During COVID, our community has felt particularly vulnerable to mental health struggles and economic hardships. This film festival offers an opportunity to come together for a shared experience and highlight some of the issues veterans and military families face, such as PTSD, suicide, and the struggle of transitioning to civilian life.”
This was the 10th annual Veteran Film Festival.
Story submitted by: Katherine Eppler, SFPL.
In case you missed the CalVet training: “You Served, You Earned: Helping Veterans Learn about and Use the Benefits They Earned” you can access the archived recordings from https://calibrariesforveterans.org/training.html
The up-to-date calendar year is here: https://calibrariesforveterans.org/librarians/programming.html
Upcoming webinars for veterans here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/CalVet-Events.aspx
Archived webinars for veterans here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/California-Transition-Assistance-Program- Webinars.aspx
Archived webinars include Empowering Women Veterans, Entrepreneurship, Minority and Underrepresented Veterans, Filing Claims and Appeals, Discharge Upgrades, Housing Programs, Services and Resources, California Legal Services and more. Webinars may take some time to be available in the archive.
Are you curious about the VA Work-Study Program? This program is a relatively simple way to boost the dedicated volunteer element of your Veterans Connect program and significantly boost the capacity of your library to reach out to Veterans and Veteran family members.
Veteran Work-Study students can be an impactful way to connect veterans in your community with library resources while providing a student the opportunity to work in the public library setting at NO COST TO YOU! Find out how you can connect with a VA Work-Study student and hear from library staff who will share their experience and describe the benefits & outcomes of "hiring" a veteran student in their library.
Topic: VA Work-Study Students - Helping You to Serve Your Community's Veterans Time: June 8, 2021 12:00 PM. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87938794830?pwd=OGFwNU9CVHdGVkVQY081YVdONmpXQT09
Brainfuse has developed some mini flyers to include in your summer programs. These are 4 flyers to an 8 1⁄2 by 11 sheet. You can find them in their Dropbox, Summer @ the Library file, from here: https://calibrariesforveterans.org/prtoolkit.html
Please remember to input your monthly statistics here: https://bit.ly/vetconnect2021
Bi-annual statistics are now due as well, here:
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