Student’s Latest Film Focuses on Homeless Veterans
OGDEN, Utah – Award-winning filmmaker Issac Goeckeritz will premiere his latest documentary, “Street Vets,” at two local screenings, prior to the film’s broadcast debut Jan. 31 on KUED.
Goeckeritz, a senior at Weber State University, will host two free screenings of the film on Jan. 25 and Jan. 28 in Salt Lake City and Washington Terrace, Utah. “Street Vets” will air Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. on KUED. The film also will be available online that date at kued.org.
The documentary examines a disturbing trend. One in three homeless men in America is a military veteran; nearly half of these homeless men served in the Vietnam era. Goeckeritz’s latest project is the culmination of a year spent chronicling the experiences of 10 men living at the Homeless Veterans Fellowship in Ogden. The hourlong documentary takes viewers into the largely invisible world of homeless veterans and shares inspiring stories of hope as they seek to improve the quality of their lives.
The idea for the film originated with a class assignment dating back to 2007. As part of a biographical writing class at WSU, Goeckeritz interviewed several veterans at the Homeless Veterans Fellowship. Those initial conversations led to friendships with some of the veterans, and eventually the documentary.
Goeckeritz’s past films “Ogden: Junction City of the West” and “Uintah United” earned Utah Best of State honors in 2008 and 2009 respectively. For more information about his work and to view a trailer for “Street Vets,” visit igfilms.com.
Premiere Screenings Schedule
“Street Vets” - A Film by Issac Goeckeritz
7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 25
Salt Lake City Library Auditorium
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT
7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 28
Weber County Library - Pleasant Valley Branch Auditorium
5568 South Adams Avenue
Washington Terrace, UT
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