After nearly four months of work, participants of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s LGBT Senior Veterans initiative have wrapped production and will premiere their highly-anticipated short film Our Service, Our Stories on Friday, November 8, at 6 p.m. in the Center’s Renberg Theatre.
The 20-minute documentary explores the lives and unique perspectives of LGBT veterans before, during, and after their military service, including Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and current military outposts. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.
“For many of the participating veterans, it was their first time to position and hold a video camera or use digital editing software. This transformative project also helped them discover their artistic voices and express them to the world,” said the Center’s Director of Senior Services Kiera Pollock. “We salute our participants for committing to this creative project. Not only are they veterans, but they can now call themselves filmmakers!”
The 12 LGBT veterans ages 50+ began learning documentary filmmaking techniques—ranging from creative direction to interviewing and editing skills—in July from award-winning filmmaker Andrew Putschoegl. The participants interviewed fellow servicemembers during a recent Veteran Stand Down event hosted by the Center.
For more information about the Center’s Senior Services, visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/seniors.
Our Service, Our Stories: The Evolution of the LGBT Military Experience
The premiere screening of a 20-minute documentary—produced entirely by local LGBT veterans—which explores the lives of LGBT veterans before, during, and after their military service, including Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and current military outposts.A Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening.
WHEN: Friday, November 8
WHERE: Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles 90038
TICKETS: FREE admission