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Veterans Legacy Film Festival

On November 14, 2014, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida, served as the venue for films illustrating patriotism and the experiences of veterans and their loved ones, culminating with a screening of "The War Comes Home," a 2014 documentary by award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien.

The following films were screened:

  • We the People — Narrated by the iconic voices of Morgan Freeman and Kenny Rogers, "We the People" is meant to engage and inspire its audience to learn more about and participate in our democracy.
  • Veterans of Color — "Veterans of Color" highlights the lives of 31 African American men and women who served their country at a time when they were treated as second-class citizens.

    A panel discussion, moderated by Joy Moore, followed the screening and featured the following panelists:

    • Mark Parry, Filmmaker
    • Dr. Bernard Watson, Documentary Interviewer
    • Helen Heathington, Documentary Subject
    • John Annis, Vice President of Community Impact, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Good Morning, Vietnam — Academy Award winner Robin Williams stars as maverick Armed Forces Radio Network deejay Adrian Cronauer.
  • The War Comes Home — Created by award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien, "The War Comes Home" documents the challenges of service members experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress and their journeys through the unique treatment programs offered by Save a Warrior.

    A panel discussion on veterans’ issues, moderated by Regina Hopper, followed the screening and featured the following panelists:

    • Soledad O'Brien, Documentary Creator
    • Wes Moore, New York Times Best-Selling Author
    • Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele

In the News

“Sarasota Summit Focuses on Service and Support of Vets” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

“Film Explores Race Relations in Military” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

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