May 13, 2014
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FRCC Documentary Focuses on Women Warriors; Premiere Set for May 16

Digital media students at Front Range Community College, working in collaboration with Rep. Ed Perlmutter and staff and the Library of Congress, will screen the premiere of “Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at FRCC’s Westminster Campus.

Women-Warriors-posterThe documentary traces the evolving role of U.S. women in war and follows the stories of 10 women veterans. The women served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The running time for the documentary is 50 minutes. Register for the premiere here.

“Women Warriors” will be screened in the Rocky Mountain Room at the Westminster Campus, 3645 W. 112th Ave.

“I’m so proud the stories of these brave Colorado women veterans will finally be shared with the public and forever preserved for the history of our country at the Library of Congress,” Perlmutter said. “These courageous women all contributed to preserving and protecting our freedom and national security. The students and faculty at Front Range Community College must be commended for all their stellar, professional work and talent in recording the history and producing this powerful and moving film. The history of these Colorado women veterans is the history of our nation.”

Working under the direction of Brandon Berman, Multimedia Graphics Technology faculty, more than 20 students researched the subject, interviewed the veterans, created animation and graphics, and performed all the tasks that go into producing a documentary.

“One thing I will take away from this project is the broad experience of women in the military,” said student Aaron Hinman. “This is bigger than FRCC. It will become part of the Library of Congress archive. It will be around much longer than I am here.” Hinman served as lead editor in post-production as well as contributing to sound and cinematography.

The project is the third Veterans History Project that Perlmutter has supported. Kathryn Wirkus, a retired Air Force officer on Perlmutter’s staff, served as executive producer of the documentary. Berman was producer and director.
“I learned tons about history and the roles women played in the military,” Berman said. “I met women who served, and I gained relationships with the students. This was the most collaborative class I’ve had. We created a production environment.”

Other FRCC faculty also contributed. Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant, history, wrote the script. Tony Heideman, history, was one of the narrators. Abel Coombs, an attorney and business faculty, advised on legal matters. Mike Ruberto, multimedia technology, contributed titles. Jay Schaffer, multimedia instructor, assisted in many areas. Kevin Garry, music, contributed original music.

“We’re proud of this documentary,” Berman said. “It’s an experience none of us will forget. When it is given to high schools in the district, what an impact it will have.”


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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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