Meet the Filmmaker: Marcia Rock & Patti Stotter
“SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home”
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway (between 37th and 38th Streets), Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current NY NATAS membership.
Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher.
SERVICE: WHEN WOMEN COME MARCHING HOME portrays the courage of the women in service and once they have left the military; the horrific traumas they faced, the inadequate care they often receive on return and the large and small accomplishments the women work mightily to achieve. Through compelling portraits, we watch these women wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma. The power of this multi-platform documentary is in the intimacy we establish with our veterans, speaking with them in their kitchens and bathrooms, back yards, classrooms, therapy sessions and supermarkets. The film was screened on the hill by DAV and hosted by Senator Patty Murray and other women legislators and has been broadcast by PBS and is on many affiliates last year and again this year . The film is part of a multi-platform documentary format which continues to support women veterans, share information and debate relevant issues on its social networking platforms. In order to be true to the film, the "director's statement" is the story of two women who met working on a film about women in Africa. The composer, Patricia Lee Stotter, had started working with veterans on a variety of projects, and the director, Marcia Rock, became interested in disability issues through her friend Simi Linton, author of My Body Politic. They were talking about whether the US was ready for all the vets disabled by IED explosions. Stotter was the first of the team to penetrate the veteran world. After she was, literally, vetted by the vets, she approached Marcia Rock about creating a film and cross platform project about disabled veterans whose transition from active duty had been eased with the help of service dogs. We, and this has been a joined at the hip venture, felt the social networking had to be as much a part of this project as the film-making. We immediately set up a FB group and website http://servicethefilm.com so we could network with vets. Women in the film and in our social networks have testified on the hill, and one was recently made the first woman member of the Atlanta Commission of Veteran Affairs. The grass roots of SERVICE continue to grow across the entire country. Our film has just won the NATAS 2014 Emmy Award for Military Programs. The filmmakers are thrilled to share the film with the NATAS community.
Marcia Rock has produced documentaries since 1984 and received many awards including three local Emmys. Her work covers women’s issues as well as personal perspectives. She recently completed two films on veterans about their struggle with PTSD and this film about women veterans’ transition from active duty to civilian life.
Patricia Lee Stotter is a multiple Emmy Awarding-winning composer/ producer/writer for television, film, theater and interactive/social media. In addition to co-producing the Emmy award winning multiplatform documentary Service: When Women Come Marching Home, she has composed scores for many documentaries.
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