Film Annex Article #1: G.I.V.E.
That’s right, my very first paid article is up and available for viewing! And, lucky me, it is actually about something kind of awesome.
FILM ANNEX GIVES BACK (Full article, as well as links to videos and more information, is available on my Film Annex page.)
Film Annex, which is already a really cool company that allows poor filmmakers such as myself to earn a little cash off our work, has also founded a veteran assistance program called G.I.V.E., or Global Initiative for Veteran Enterpreneurship. G.I.V.E.’s founding idea is that American veterans returning from our various military occupations (particularly Afghanistan) have unique skills that put them in good standing to start and run their own companies, and they support those veterans that have business ambitions by allowing them a place to post content and advertising free of charge. In addition, Film Annex has also produced several video interviews with some of the veterans that will be taking advantage of this opportunity provided by GIVE, all of which are available on GIVE’s WebTV channel.
Like many people, I’m still very conflicted about America’s approach to and occupations in the Middle East. In the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq specifically, I will say that I think the occupations were ill-advised and overzealous at the very least, but that only time will tell us whether is was a major global catastrophe or a foolhardy, expensive and heartbreaking misstep.
Because I don’t know anyone personally who has spent time in the war, I relate to our troops through film and television. So far, the majority of the depictions I’ve seen of our troops has focused on their time in the war. The interviews on Film Annex, however, give some background into each soldier’s military history but ultimately are more interested in what each veteran wants to do next now that his time in the war is over. It’s a different, more encouraging, more human perspective. These aren’t just Soldiers with a capital S–they are people with dimension and vision. Their service is one aspect of their personalities, but it doesn’t necessarily make them who they are.
The interviews are short (between 4-7 minutes each) and I highly recommend watching a couple here and there, particularly if you don’t happen to have a friend of family member stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They help bridge the gap between civilians and servicemen–especially after you realize that, tours of duty notwithstanding, there isn’t actually much of a gap at all.