ABOUT THE FILM
The Camouflage Closet
Stories of LGBT Veterans' Trauma and Recovery
"The Camouflage Closet" is a short documentary about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans' experiences with PTSD, trauma and recovery. This film incorporates the firsthand perspectives of LGBT Veterans, who were provided with cameras, tools, and training to create video narratives.
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Tuesday, June 4 — EVENT PASSED
National Queer Arts Festival; San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:30pm
African American Arts & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
Join us for a director's cut of the film—complete with live music performance, a panel discussion with the Veterans featured in the film, and a free reception! Tickets are on a $10-20 sliding scale, but
is turned away if this cost is prohibitive. Proceeds will go toward program costs, the Queer Cultural Center, and programs for LGBT veterans in the Bay Area.
This event has already ended. Our deepest gratitude to all who attended.
Friday, June 28 — EVENT PASSED
Spaces of Dialogue; Mexico City, México
"The Camouflage Closet" made its international debut in Mexico City on June 28—incidentally, Pride Weekend—as "El Armario de los Armados." At Espolea, an NGO whose work covers the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and sexual diversity, the film was presented to an audience of activists, psychiatrists, researchers, and more! Espolea's Blog "Spaces of Dialogue" Program
American Psychological Association
August 2013 — EVENT PASSED
2013 APA Conference; Honolulu, HI
The Camouflage Closet
made an appearance at a presentation given by Heliana Ramirez, LISW at the American Psychological Association's 2013 convention: "Evidence Informed, Diversity Responsive and Culturally Relevant LGBT Veteran Practice."
VA Health Care System
Summer & Fall 2013 — EVENTS PASSED
Various Screenings; Palo Alto & San Francisco, CA
We are proud to be presenting the film at VAPAHCS and the SFVA! Thursday, June 20, 2013 — The Women’s Prevention, Outreach & Education Center (WPOEC) hosted a screening of the film to raise awareness of LGBT Veterans issues during Pride Month. The screening took place at the Women's Trauma Recovery Program and was attended by Veterans, clinicians, and researchers from inpatient and outpatient trauma recovery programs at VAPAHCS. The audience also included three of the Veterans featured in the film! July, 2013 — The film will also be shown at private screenings at the National Center for PTSD, and later that month at the Social Work Service. September, 2013 — At Grand Rounds in the San Francisco VA, the documentary will be presented alongside a panel discussion with Veterans featured in the film.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Thursday, September 19 — EVENT PASSED
GLMA Annual Conference; Denver, CO
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:45 am
Join us at GLMA's 31st Annual Conference for a co-presentation with two other exciting VA PaIo AIto endeavors:
"The Post-'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' VA: Innovative health and social support services for LGBT Veterans."
San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
Saturday, October 5 — EVENT PASSED
Mission Cultural Center; San Francisco, CA
The Camouflage Closet
will have a featured 90-minute slot that will include a screening of the film, a synopsis of current LGBT Veteran research, a description of the VideoVoice method used to create the documentary, and a panel discussion with Veterans featured in the film. The Camouflage Closet @ 5:15pm Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 7 — EVENT PASSED
Stanford University Main Quad; Palo Alto, CA
The Camouflage Closet returns to one of the places where it all started—Stanford University. Join us to screen the full cut of the film, a presentation by the production team, live musical accompaniment of the original score, and a panel discussion with Veterans featured in the film!
WHO WE ARE
Michael is a medical student at Stanford University whose parallel career in film and multimedia has included a number of documentary projects addressing health and identity. His work has been featured on networks such as CNN, and at local and international film festivals. Michael studied film at Yale University and directed his previous film at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. He is interested in the power of the camera to tell stories for the purposes of art, education, and advocacy.
Heliana Ramirez, LISW is a clinical social worker at the VA PaIo AIto HeaIth Care System and PhD Student of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare. She has worked with veterans for the past nine years as a health science researcher and community-based case manager addressing issues of mental illness and substance use. Her work with new media includes the use of video in public health and digital storytelling as a mental health intervention.
Andrew V. Ly
Andrew is a composer of acoustic concert music whose pieces have been performed in venues such as Lincoln Center in New York City and the Neue Synagoge in Berlin. He earned degrees and institutional fellowships from Yale University and the USC Thornton SchooI of Music. He is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at UC Berkeley.
This project would not be possible without generous support from the Stanford LGBT Medical Education Research Group (MERG); the Stanford School of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Leadership (ODL); the Arts, Humanities & Medicine Program (Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics); the Stanford Arts Institute Spark! Grant; the Queer CulturaI Center; the Zellerbach FamiIy Foundation; the UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technology; and VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
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