Stu Steinberg, PTSD Documentary By Clay Kempf

By Mikel Fair

Oregon Documentary Film Festival 2017 Stu Steinberg

Stunning Vietnam Era PTSD Documentary

Stu Steinberg, PTSD documentary film directed by Clay Kempf. This film is an 2017 Oregon Documentary Film Festival Official Selection. Stu Steinberg, also won the Best Feature Film Award. A riveting story about Vietnam War Veteran Stu Steinberg, the judges were blown away by the story and struggle with PTSD that so many of our veterans are dealing with on a daily basis. In 2017, this was one of the most powerful documentary films on the Film Festival Circuit.



Synopsis: Stu Steinberg Veterans Of Vietnam Documentary

Stu Steinberg is a story about a renegade US war veteran who dedicates his life to helping fellow vets navigate through the rough terrain of PTSD and obstacles that detract from health care leading to post war poor quality of life and often death.


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Interview With Director Clay Kempf

Q1: Why submit to the Oregon Documentary Film Festival? "The Oregon Documentary Film Festival was the best place to submit our film because it was shot entirely in Bend and Redmond Oregon"


Q2: Why did you choose this title? "Stu Steinberg, he is the special person that has found ways to get US Military Veterans their benefits and healthcare."


Q3: Why did you choose to tell this particular story? “We chose this particular story because of the huge impact Stu Steinberg has made in the lives of US Military Veterans and with the Oregon Documentary Film Festival exposure it will have many more”


Q4: What camera did you use to during the production of this film? “We shot on Red 6k Dragon, Red 4k Scarlet and the Canon 60D. We shot on the Red Cinema Cameras because that was the DP, Clay from the Bay's camera of choice. With Red Cinema cameras the production had a wide arrange of cinematic style possible, whether it be 4K resolution, high frame rates and audio inputs.”


Q5: Did anything happen during the production of this film that was very interesting, but never made it on camera? “There is always interesting things that happen behind the camera, off camera and on camera. I will say this, we have enough coverage that didn't make it on this edit where we can produce another film as a sequel or part 2.”


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Q6: Furthermore, did you use crowdfunding to make this film? Do you have pressure to recoup the production costs somehow? “We didn't have to do a crowdfunding system to fund our film. We were fortunate to have a producer that funded our production from beginning to end and supported our vision for the project.”


Q7: What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? “This is our premiere so we have yet to get any feedback. But I anticipate feedback will be a new awareness for the issues our US Veterans have today. Although many don't get proper support or healthcare, with this film fellow veterans and families will see what can be done and has been done to help all US Veterans.”

Q8: Do you have plans for a sequel or future film that you are working on? We have plans for a sequel/part 2 for this film. “There is plenty of coverage that did not make this edit. We would like to go back and pickup principle cinematography that we were unable to capture on our original shoot.”


Q9: Finally, you have completed a documentary film, which is a huge achievement. Do you have any advice for a future filmmaker that is about to start a documentary project? Furthermore, advice that you wish you had been given before you started yours? “Documentaries have so many unknowns going into production. It is hard to quantify what the end result will be. Having said that, that's the very core of discovery of a documentary subject matter. My advice is to prepare as much as possible, capture capture capture. Then, sort it out when you get to the editing stage. Most importantly NEVER give up or abandon your goal. It may take longer than expected, but see it to the end.”


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Mikel Fair

Mikel Fair

Mikel Fair My name is Mikel Fair. I am the Director of Film Festival Circuit Inc. First of all, we are a company that manages film festival events in Texas and Oregon. Furthermore, we like to have fun and celebrate independent film. I worked for 15 years in the television and film production as a location sound mixer and production manager. I have also worked in post production as an editor, post sound mixer and composer. Above all, watching independent films and reading creative screenplays is my passion.

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