Iraq Veteran’s Films Portray Realities of Coming Home

Christopher Loverro

Veterans returning home from the war will be the central theme of a benefit student film screening hosted by the College of Marin Drama Club on Sunday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m., at Only Hall on the college campus in Kentfield.
“The whole idea is to have a dialogue with the community,” said filmmaker Christopher Loverro, 43, who served 12 months in Mosul, Iraq as an Army Reserve Civil Affairs Staff Sergeant attached to the U.S. Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Lewis, WA. He returned home at the end of 2004.
Loverro, a former Berkeley police officer, enrolled in the Berkeley Digital Film Institute where he made several short semi-autobiographical films about veterans coming home after service. He has enrolled at College of Marin to study acting. His work draws attention to the issues combat veterans face when they return from battle.
The film screening will feature three short films:
• “Soldier’s Journey,” a semi-autobiographical depiction of a soldier talking about suicide and Post Traumatic Street Disorder with a therapist. (8 minutes)
• “A Journey Home,” a film about a solider serving in Iraq with best friend who gets killed and volunteers to go home and notify the widow. (25 minutes)
• ‘Hidden Casualties,” a wordless depiction about a soldier who commits suicide. (4 minutes)
After the screening, a panel of Bay Area veterans will discuss the issues veterans face and how they can be assisted in returning to their home communities. Representatives from UC Berkeley Veterans’ Club, College of Marin Veterans’ Club, J/P Haitian Relief Organization and Pakistan Flood Relief will be available at the screening to accept direct donations.
.The event schedule includes a reception: 5 p.m. -6 p.m., films: 6 p.m. -7 p.m., and panel discussion: 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at the door: $20 for general admission; students: $15, veterans: free. College of Marin’s campus is located 835 College Ave., Kentfield. For information contact Robin Jackson at  robin.jackson@marin.edu