I Was There Filmmaking Workshop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
“It’s a wonderful way to break down barriers and at the same time you’re actually creating a piece of narrative that may allow you to communicate something you haven’t before,” said founder Ben Patton, whose father also led soldiers as an Army officer in Korea and Vietnam."
"He developed the program about three years ago, weaving knowledge from his career in public television with experiences from his youth growing up in a military family. He’d been looking for a way to give back to veterans, carrying on his family’s storied tradition of service.
Since then, the program has hosted more than 30 workshops at major military bases around the country. The one at JBLM this week is its second in the South Sound.
Over the course of the project, participants will make their own short movies. A gallery at its website, iwastherefilms.org, shows that troops at past sessions have tackled difficult subjects, such as mourning friends who died in combat.
Patton and his teammates don’t call the program therapy, but they point out that the projects often lead soldiers to confront issues just below the surface.
Patton thinks the work really happens when participants break up in small groups.
“There’s something about the qualities of filmmaking that relate to a veteran’s experiences, and the No. 1 is collaboration. You’re with other people processing whatever you want,” Patton said."
This text was taken from an article titled "JBLM veterans focus on filmmaking" published in the news tribune on October 20, 2015
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