I Was There Film Workshop

I Was There Film Workshops are sponsored by Patton Veterans Project, Inc. During the workshop, December 16-18, 9:30am-4:30pm, you will work with fellow veterans and professional film instructors to conceive, shoot, and edit a collaborative short film.

This program is specifically designed for veterans coping with stress and transition. Led by filmmaker Benjamin Patton, grandson of General George S. Patton, and his team of professional film instructors to hep veterans express important, service-related experiences - on their terms - in a safe, supportive settingNote: Limited to 12 veterans - sign up early! 

The workshop will be facilitated by a team of professional filmmakers. No prior filmmaking experience is needed, all equipment is provided, and the workshop is free to participants.

Contact Efrion Smith to register.

Efrion Smith | [email protected] | 718-584-9000, x5432

James J. Peters VA Medical Center| 130 W Kingsbridge Rd | Bronx, NY


"In 2017, we produced 12 films through the work of 43 veterans that collaborated over the course of two workshops. We had veterans report that they experienced a decrease in stress-related symptoms due to the workshops. We also had a veteran who was an MST survivor increase their ability to be around the opposite sex based on the trauma that they experienced. This project also gave them the drive to write a book." Must be currently receiving care at the JJPVAMC Bronx VA Medical Center in order to register for this workshop.

Check out one of the films produced through the Bronx VA workshop here.