Founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, an Iraq War Veteran (2009-10) and cinema scholar, Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) is a research and service center at San Francisco State University.
Daniel Bernardi is a cultural studies scholar and documentary filmmaker in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. His research explores the representation and narration of race and ethnicity in film, television and popular culture. He is extending this work to address culture conflict, transmediation, and the shifting American narrative in the Middle East. He is the author of Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future (1998), co-author of Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (2012), editor of the Rutgers University Press book series, War Culture, and the Director of the Veterans Documentary Corps at SF State. A Naval Reserve officer, he has served in Italy, Iraq, Indonesia, Oceania and Vietnam (2012), among other areas of the U.S. and world.
  • Producer (11 Credits)
    Alene B. Duerk: The First Woman Admiral 2020
    Documentary
    Frank Maselskis: From WWII POW to Chosin Reservoir Survivor2020
    Documentary
    Pam Roark: Iraq War Nurse2020
    Documentary
    The Forgotten War 2020
    Documentary
    The War to End All Wars…And Its Veterans2020
    Documentary
    Guy Hircefeld, a guy with a Camera2018
    Documentary, Short
    Noble Sissle’s Syncopated Ragtime2018
    Documentary, Short
    Corporal Richard Carlson2017
    Documentary, Short
    Nisei Soldiers2017
    Documentary, Short
    Private first class Benjamin Tollefson2017
    Documentary, Short
    Remembering Port Chicago 2017
    Documentary, Short
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Frank Maselskis: From WWII POW to Chosin Reservoir Survivor2020
    Documentary
    Pam Roark: Iraq War Nurse2020
    Documentary
    The Forgotten War 2020
    Documentary
    The War to End All Wars…And Its Veterans2020
    Documentary
    Noble Sissle’s Syncopated Ragtime2018
    Documentary, Short
  • Director (3 Credits)
    The Forgotten War 2020
    Documentary
    The War to End All Wars…And Its Veterans2020
    Documentary
    Noble Sissle’s Syncopated Ragtime2018
    Documentary, Short
Best Short documentary (Academy Award Qualifier)
Guy Hircefeld, a guy with a Camera
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
San Francisco
2019
College
UCLA
PhD – Film and Television
19911995
College
University of Arizona
M.A. – Media Arts
19891991
College
University of Arizona
B.A. – Radio-TV
19841988
Birth Date
June 16, 1964
Birth City
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Current City
El Dorado Hills, California
Hometown
Tucson, Arizona
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Latino
Married To
Helen Na.
Children
3 (Sojin, Suhnny and Sondro)
Commander, United States Navy Reserve – Managed Combat Camera, Iraq War, 2009-10
“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”
Founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, an Iraq War Veteran (2009-10) and cinema scholar, Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) is a research and service center at San Francisco State University.