The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 3, 2012

Area filmmaker to host documentary screening and discussion

WILLIAMSPORT — For many of us, life — in all its structured and comfortable ways — remains the same: Easy and somewhat predictable.

Imagine being removed from those predictable days and in its place are times filled with the threat of being injured or killed in a country far away from home in a land where you’re hated because you’re an American.

Each day tens of thousands of men and women in the military live their lives in a land where freedom is elusive and in its place is a world filled with war.

Sometimes in our structured way of life we tend to forget — or perhaps not fully embrace — the struggles and sacrifices the members of the military make for the sake of freedom here at home.

With Veterans Day fast approaching, Williamsport native Alivia Tagliaferri, a noted author and documentary filmmaker, will host a free screening and panel discussion on her latest endeavor, “Profiles in Service: It Takes a Nation” — a documentary film that pays homage to those who serve our country.

“We are a nation at war. But we don’t act like it. This is America’s longest war, yet very few of us are impacted. For those who are, the impact is deep,” Tagliaferri said during a recent interview from her home in Washington DC.

“My goal with this film and the subject of service, was to portray the depth of service and sacrifice our service members, military families and veterans make every day. It is nonstop. Their service doesn’t stop if the war isn’t reported in the news. Their families don’t stop missing their place at the table, carrying on as best they can. And veterans don’t stop serving when the war is done.”

Tagliaferri began working on the 28-minute film last fall by interviewing military personal and their families on how the war has impacted them and forever changed their lives.

The film tells the stories of a wife and mother who lost her husband in Iraq, the life of a widow whose husband became a casualty of the war and how soldiers returning from the war are dealing with life as it once was.

“I want people to feel the depth of service our military, veterans and their families give to this country and our communities on a daily basis. My hope is that it will inspire us to give back and serve in our own capacities,” she said. “Americans are very patriotic and supportive of our troops. Many of us give to charities. But I’d like to see us give back more with our time and our ingenuity — it makes the giving more personal, more unique.”

The film is narrated by AP correspondent and Peabody Award-winning journalist Kimberly Dozier and captures the sorrow and pride that often go hand in hand with military service.

In addition to the film a panel discussion with local leaders, veterans and military spouses will follow the screening.

“The discussion will include many good examples of how our local communities do this (honor our military personal) already but how we can go beyond and do more,” she said. “This will be a great discussion for educators, students and everyone in Central Pennsylvania.”

Panelists for the discussion include Michael Knouse, a veterans’ liaison, Congressman Thomas Marino, Jamie Whitnack – Augstine, an Army veteran, Vince Matteo, CEO, Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Earl Granville, veteran  of the National Guard, Annie Ostrom, a Senior Family Readiness Support assistant and Phil Petter, Army Reserve Ambassador.

“This is a film every American should see.  It tells the story of American service and those who embody this spirit,” Tagliaferri said. “It is really in all of us and we need to rekindle that connection we all share as citizens.”


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