Project 22

Screening of “Project 22”:  The Fenton History Center’s Vets Finding Vets program, the Jamestown Community College Veterans Committee and History Department will present “Project 22”, a documentary film about the alarming rise in veteran’s suicide on March 19 in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre, Jamestown.

In 2016, 150 people attended the film & discussion following the screening. Veterans that served in World War II to the present conflicts were throughout the audience. We are pleased to offer the chance for more people to see this relevant and important film.

Barbara Cessna, Vet Finding Vets Coordinator, will welcome all and introduced the film’s executive producer, local son and Veteran Theo Collins. Theo is a licensed Attorney within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a member of the Bar Associations of Pennsylvania and Allegheny County. He is graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia. He served as a Sergeant in the infantry of the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also serves on the Veterans’ Advisory Board of Duquesne University. The film was inspired by two combat wounded veteran’s personal loss and their determination to end a little-known epidemic in America. Their 22 day 6,500-mile cross-country mission was to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide amongst Veterans and show their brothers and sisters-at-arms that there is hope for them. The film is an uplifting journey that continues to become more and more hopeful as more Veterans join the journey.

Medicinal Missions, the production company that made the documentary, continues the awareness campaign, through events and social media, leading up to and following the release of the documentary. “Project 22” has been screened by request more than one hundred times around the United States, including the television premiere hosted by Southern Oregon Public Television. The film can be streamed for free 24/7 online at http://www.pbs.org/video/2365668749/

“Project 22” was entirely crowd-funded via an IndieGoGo campaign and private donations. Medicinal Missions is a production company and social enterprise co-owned by Daniel Egbert & Doc King. Their first production, “Project 22” is fiscally sponsored by From The Heart Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

The Fenton’s Vets Finding Vets program connects veterans to other veterans through events and research projects. They each have war/conflict experiences and family stories that are unique and similar. There is no need to explain the effects of war or military life, each understands and their stories help those who have not served in the military to understand their struggles. The Vets Finding Vets program is coordinated by Barbara Cessna and funded in part by a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. All veterans are encouraged to join by calling the Fenton History Center at 716-664-6256. For more information visit email veterans@fentonhistorycenter.org 

The Fenton History Center, Vets Finding Vets members, and Vets Finding Vets Coordinator Barb Cessna specifically would like to extend a formal thank you to JCC Staff members Melissa Stormer, Kayla Crosby, Traci Langworthy, and Steve Gustavson. The Scharmann Theater is the perfect venue for this event. It is an absolute privilege for the Fenton History Center to give Jamestown, NY’s own Theo Collins a platform to share this necessary message.