UnLonely Film Festival 5

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A Vietnam veteran finds peace from his PTSD through Disney.

THIS FILM CONTAINS SCENES OR DESCRIPTIONS THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTURBING, INCLUDING military imagery that some viewers may find triggering if recovering from post-conflict PTSD. MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“I began making the film out of curiosity – to not only know more about the effects PTSD can have on a person and their family, but to also find out if there was a connection between Guy’s struggles and his passion for all things Disney. I learned Guy’s lifelong fascination with Disney was not only centered around its innocence and warmth, but has been a constant source of his own self-worth and motivation. By surrounding himself with Disney, he’s also able to enter a place that allows him to escape loneliness and the negative thought patterns that can occur in isolation.”

Brent Bandemer is a Chicago-based filmmaker and freelance editor who discovered documentary filmmaking while attending Columbia College Chicago. He believes in using film to give the underrepresented a voice, and to allow the viewer to empathize with them in a thoughtful and honest way.

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Asking for help can be extremely difficult but it is so important to do. Sometimes it is too difficult to ask, but we can always offer help. Can you think of someone in your life who might appreciate the offer of help?

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4 Comments

  1. Robert Ryder

    This a great American story!! It’s part of the fabric of America!! I can relate and appreciate this story of a friends life who means a lot to me!! I am sooo soooo glad Guy was able to tell his story!! It is very important!! I am thankful for people like Guy who have made this country a better place to live and he is part of what makes America great!!! This video brought tears!! Seems no one gets off of this earth unscathed!!
    One of the great things about Guy is his amazing smile!! It’s really very nice!! Sometimes Guy has a long face and you can tell he’s depressed but when he smiles it’s radiant and cheerful!! I’m am proud to be one of Guys friends!! I share a similar problem!! It is good to talk about and get it out!! Even this film has helped me!! Thank you so sooo much for taking the time to make this awesome American film!! It will help a lot of people!! It has helped me to better know and understand who Guy is!! Tnx again!!! 🙂
    Ps, I go to Disney every year for freedom!! 🙂

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  2. Katie

    Great film and wonderful story.

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  3. Anonymous

    This is so wonderful to see. It shows the real struggle that so many returning vets face as they try to resume a “normal” life after being subjected to some very traumatizing things. How could that not change someone? So rare to see the family stay together as a unit too.

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  4. Lynda Perry

    Thanks so much Brent for making such a rich film that for me not only gave tremendous insight into Guy’s journey with PTSD but the impact on the whole family! Although none of his sons spoke of it directly or his wife Laura, I feel they are all carrying a piece of Guy’s trauma inheritted as intergenerational trauma. This is such a universal story in so many ways. I am the grand-daughter of a WWI vet whose experiences in wartime were never processed and I carry the legacy of direct intergenerational trauma along with at least 3 of my cousins as our boundaries were crossed sexually and emotionally as children over a series of years, in secret, that would become suppressed memory for each of us until we were young adults. My grandfather never spoke of the events which I am quite certain included his own rape and it is our generation who work to speak what was never spoken, to feel what festered unseen inside. Congratulations to Guy for his dedication to his healing and to his wife for standing by her husband with painful confusion, empathy and fears of her own. May their stories be part of our collective healing of wartime and intergenerational trauma! For all those in healing with PTSD or who might feel they have something in common with Guy’s story, I recommend the work of Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D. “The Body Keeps the Score”

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