The Power & Purpose of Our Veterans’ Stories

The Power & Purpose of Our Veterans’ Stories block includes the following films:

  • SOLDIER (Justin Zimmerman)
  • A Letter from Home (Spencer LaGros, Alexander Hinsch)
  • Brainstorms (Julie Pacino, Aron Meinhardt)

This screening will be accompanied by a post-show Q&A with producer Jen Hering (SOLDIER), co-directors Spencer LaGros and Alexander Hinsch (A Letter from Home), and producer Chrisanne Gordon (Brainstorms).

Director: Justin Zimmerman
Runtime: 22 min

SOLDIER focuses on Daniel Krug: a heroic firefighter, father of five, SWAT trainer, and armored combat enthusiast. Daniel is also a former sniper, with ten years of combat, security, rescue, and recovery experience in Iraq. And over the past decade, he’s lost 11 of his close military friends – and almost lost himself – to PTSD.

Directors: Spencer LaGros, Alexander Hinsch
Runtime: 26 min

Jason Graven, an Army Veteran, looks into the generational trauma from his missing father and surrendered daughter. This eventually leads to him finding a new family of fellow veterans who cope together through physical fitness.

Directors: Julie Pacino, Aron Meinhardt
Runtime: 22 min

Brainstorms is an experiential look inside the mind of Brian, a veteran who has sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during combat. The film follows Brian’s struggle returning to home life with his wife and daughter. While experiencing a panic attack in a hospital parking garage, Brian meets a young VA nurse named Danielle who is in the process of recovering from her own TBI.



Apr 27, 2023


5:00 pm

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Gateway Film Center


Gateway Film Center
1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
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