Selected Film:

American Standard

Selected Film:

American Standard

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About the Filmmaker

DAVID HENRY GERSON’s films have won prizes from Sundance, the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences, and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY. He is the recipient of the AFI Richard P. Rodgers Award for Creative Excellence. His film, ALL THESE VOICES, about a Nazi soldier encountering an avant-garde theater-troupe of survivors celebrating the end of WWII, won the 2016 Student Academy Award®. His short film, AMERICAN STANDARD (“Dynamite!” – Abel Ferrara, “Truly excellent” – John Patrick Shanley), about a Veteran returning home to his undocumented immigrant girlfriend aired on the AFN at every US military base around the world. His film ULTRA VIOLET FOR SIXTEEN MINUTES (“Totally engaging” – Al Maysles), about the late Ultra Violet – Dali’s Mistress, Warhol’s muse, and a born-again Mormon – screened at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, and was acquired into the permanent collection of MoMA, NY.

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Creative Arts exercises:

  • Draw a web of support including the people and places that give you strength.

  •  Watching John’s unraveling, it is hard to imagine a positive step forward. However, if you were in John’s shoes, how would you find your way back? What would help you continue to live? Who are the people you would rely on?

  • Take a blank sheet of paper, and all across the paper– in different corners, in the middle and on the sides–write down the people and places you rely on to give you strength in your life. Draw lines that connect these names of people and places. You can decide to make the lines thicker or thinner based on how significant the connection is, or make all lines look similar. Take a minute and look at your web of support. If you can, share it with the people you’ve included in it.

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  1. Anonymous

    this was thought provoking, and frustrating.

  2. A.D. Minier

    very poignant for our time. Sad, though true

  3. Candace Coonrod

    I feel so grateful that I never had to go through anything like what our service people have had to cope with after spending time in battle. I have a lot of family and a few very long term friends that I can count on to keep me grounded and supported

  4. Anonymous

    Very powerful and surreal. Heartbreaking as this is a very large and difficult issue for the people to serve in the military.

  5. Anonymous

    Powerful and sad.

  6. Saoudy A. Saoudy

    It is not easy to leave the battle field after causing the death of innocent children and feel o.k. Physical Nightmares , and suspicion of people closest to him and even hurting them become part of life for a period of time.

  7. Anonymous

    So sad that this is some people’s reality I feel for all people involved.

  8. Ka

    Very sad.

  9. Anonymous

    More resources needed to help them.

  10. Christina

    This is a sad reality. This film was thought provoking and emotional. How can we assist persons with PTSD?

  11. Anonymous

    very sad

  12. timnolan1941

    No good wars Big Pharma just adds insult to injuries America’s Medicated Army
    Thousands of troops are being given antidepressant drugs to deal with battle field stress. A TIME investigation reveals combat’s heavy toll on their mental health — and why the military’s efforts to treat it may be making the problem worse
    By Mark Thompson Thursday, June 05, 2008

  13. AS

    I’ve known men in the military who certainly could have benefited from some therapy. This movie really digs deep and incorporates a hot button issue with immigration as well. She lived here since she was 2 and she trusted him, in the end, she was taken from her home and living in fear. Terrible things people go through and I’m so fortunate that I don’t know what that’s like. I think this film is thought provoking and brings up a lot of questions about our military, our health care system, and current government policies/programs regarding immigration.

  14. Mary F.

    It is heart wrenching to see what some people experience after having been in combat. It can turn their whole life upside down.


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