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School of Communication
Loyola University Chicago Presents Award-Winning V-DAY 11.11.11
School of Communication Honors Veterans Day with Special Screening
CHICAGO, November 8, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication will host a special screening of V-DAY 11.11.11, a powerful new documentary honoring our nation’s veterans, on Friday, November 9, 2012, at 6 p.m.
Directed by School of Communication instructor and award-winning independent film maker John C.P. Goheen, V-DAY 11.11.11 is a day-in-the-life tribute to our military personnel. Inspired by his time in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, V-DAY 11.11.11 was born out of Goheen’s desire to commemorate the service of the men and women of our Armed Services. Goheen oversaw the production, editing, and outreach of the film, which recently received a 2012 Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Film Competition by the Nevada International Film Festival.
“Our goal was to provide a way for living veterans and the families of fallen veterans to speak about things they generally prefer to keep to themselves,” said Goheen. “V-DAY 11.11.11 provokes the kind of thought and reflection that Veterans Day is all about.”
In the film, cameras followed veterans of all ages, gender, and branches of the military in their communities across the country on the momentous November 11, 2011, Veterans Day, 10 years after the September 11 attacks. Under the direction of Goheen and a volunteer crew of executive producers, renowned photojournalists from across the country donated their time and talent to the project. Footage was woven together to create a quilt of stories that tell the experiences of being a veteran.
The range and depth of perspectives included in the film is broad, as stories date from the Civil War Battle of Pittsburg captured at the Shiloh National Military Park, to modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The audience meets a Gold Star father who commemorates fallen Illinois veterans with a traveling memorial wall, a small Wisconsin town torn apart by a young soldier’s death, and a Vietnam veteran who plants a tree to commemorate fallen soldiers, among many others. The stories of the profiled veterans are punctuated by a roundtable of veterans who share insights and memories of serving their country and the unique pride and brotherhood of military personnel.
The special screening of V-DAY 11.11.11 will take place on Friday, November 9, at 6 p.m., in Regents Hall, 16th floor of Lewis Towers, on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus. Goheen, along with the film’s profiled veterans, will be in attendance. In addition, the Illinois Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display at the event. Screenings of the film and airings on national PBS stations will take place across the country on Veterans Day as well.
For more information on this film, and to register to attend the event, please visit LUC.edu/alumni/soc.
About John C. P. Goheen
Goheen has more than 300 awards to his credit and was the first three-time winner of his profession’s top award, the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) Television News Photographer of the Year. Goheen has produced numerous award-winning documentaries that have taken him around the world. He currently teaches video, production and documentary filmmaking at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication. He also consults with television stations, universities, and the American Forces Radio and Television Network, and is a founding faculty member of the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.