The Long Determination

The Long Determination

From AVER The Long Determination

An Oral History Like No Other!! This documentary film tells the story and history of gays in the military as they fought to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell and for their rights to serve openly.

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Update #13

5 months ago

Thank you all who have donated to this very important documentary. Please stay with us as this will be a dynamite movie, especially with what is occurring in our society now. As to the progress, our primary editor and cinematographer to on a new job and had to take a break from this project so he could settle into his new position. Now we are back to doing the hard work of the editing and putting all the puzzle pieces together. Just a quick note for clarity. All of the individuals that are spearheading this project are not receiving any pay as this is an all volunteer crew. The exception is the narrator, composer and music, the final editing, and all materials.

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An Oral History Like No Other

A feature length documentary filmed under PBS standards. The Long Determination begins with an early history from the American Revolution.  This important story continues with the voices of over 40 individuals before and after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a harrowing piece of legislation that forced members of the US military to serve in silence.  The documentary follows members of the first ever LGBT veterans group, American Veterans for Equal Rights and their allies in a delicate oral history chronicling their service, their pain, their determination and their love."

This is an honorable, sometimes painful and always proud telling of their personal experiences in service to their country through individual interviews. 

The Producer

Steve Loomis developed the concept for "The Long Determination" and is the producer.

Lieutenant Colonel Steve Loomis is a veteran of the U.S. Army, graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor's in University Studies in Journalism and served in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader where he earned the Bronze Star for valor and a second for Service, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and subsequently earned four Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other awards.

He served in command and management assignments including as Chief of Military Education for the U.S. Army Reserve where he coordinated the automation of the Reserves military education student reservations, five year budget plan and Congressional budget hearings.

As the Inspector General of the 91st Division he conducted a ground breaking sexual harassment survey that included analysis of perceptions of gays in the command and graduated from the National Defense University.

During the tense period following the death of North Korea's Kim Il-sung, he was part of a Corps planning cell in Korea that rewrote plans for the defense of Korea. 

In 1996, his home was arsoned and during the investigation the Army discovered Lieutenant Colonel Loomis was gay and he was discharged just five days before he was eligible for his 20 year retirement.  He filed in the Court of Federal Claims where his discharge was over turned, and he obtained his retirement with back pay.  He was interviewed by 60 Minutes, and numerous national publications and has spoken and written extensively on the military and gays in the military.  He is now the National President of American Veterans for Equal Rights.  

The Director; Cinematographer

Jose Rodriguez brought the concept to life, filming the project while Directing the production.

Jose Rodriguez is a Senior at The University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in Technical Film and Multimedia Production. While being in school, he has managed to take command of numerous creative projects for clients like KET PBS, The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and Albuquerque Pride. Because he is an activist, Jose finds himself at the center of various social movements such as the fight for equality. 

With a heart for storytelling, Jose never shies from the opportunity to bring a story to life. Throughout the production of The Long Determination, he has also become a proud ally of American Veterans for Equal Rights. 

The Associate Producer

Stephani Patten takes charge of the inherently archival and digital aspects of the documentary as the Associate Producer.

Comes from an diverse background that gives her the ability to step in where needed. After serving in the US Navy, she earned an associate's degree in television production and finished up her formal training with a MBA degree. She has worked for government, corporations, family business and had her own company for 15 plus years. She is very talented in graphics, photography, legal, and financial areas. Has started a few non-profits and currently is the National Membership Chair and the Bataan Chapter secretary for the American Veterans for Equal Rights. She is very excited about this project and is looking for a high quality documentary that tells the story of her communities; challenges as well as successes.

The Line Producer

Ron Freeny manages all monetary facets of the documentary as the Line Producer.

Graduated from The University of Richmond, Robins School of Business, with a Business Management Degree in Management, Accounting and Economics. Served Navy Supply Officer, I with tours of duty aboard the USS Sellers as Disbursing Officer; Defense Contract Administration Regional Headquarters, as a Contract Specialist; Navy Support Activity, Saigon, Vietnam as Logistics Manager; Navy Regional Procurement Office, Washington, D.C. as Contracting Officer; USS King Supply Officer; And Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA with Postgraduate Studies in Government Acquisition Management. Achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander, when I was forced to resign because I was suspected of being gay.

Worked for BDM Corporation managing their $100 Mil contract with the Combat Development & Engineering Command as Contract Administrator, and Purchasing Manager. Work for International Technology (IT) Corporation in the environmental clean-up industry as Contract Manager and Regional Contract Manager. Managed government contracts for Laguna Industries, a Native American firm.  Retired from a contracts position with Northrop Grumman Corporation under their $88 Mil contract with the Space Test and Engineering Center.

Also served as my church financial officer/Treasurer for 20 years, from and served as Treasurer of the Southwest District of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) with financial responsibility and mentorship for 26 churches from Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Currently serving as Treasurer for Bataan Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #14

Thank you all who have donated to this very important documentary. Please stay with us as this will be a dynamite movie, especially with what is occurring in our society now. As to the progress, our primary editor and cinematographer to on a new job and had to take a break from this project so he could settle into his new position. Now we are back to doing the hard work of the editing and putting all the puzzle pieces together. Just a quick note for clarity. All of the individuals that are spearheading this project are not receiving any pay as this is an all volunteer crew. The exception is the narrator, composer and music, the final editing, and all materials.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #13

FROM OUR PRODUCER, STEVE LOOMIS

Progress continues on this important Oral History and Documentary and you can help speed its completion. It’s important that we finish our story so that everyone understands the value of and courage of the many Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender in military service to our country!

This story of the service of Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and Transgender military members is told in their own words. While many of our heroes interviews are included, many are LGBT patriots who simply wanted to serve their country. You can be a part of finishing this important program by donating and sending this important message to your friends, associates and officials.

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“The Long Determination” records the service of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender from The Revolutionary & Civil Wars through the Middle East and today. That fight laid the ground for a successful fight for the right to marry!

Told in their own voices, it is their honorable, sometimes painful, and always proud telling of their personal experiences by members from every military service and their spouses and supporters.

We have received great support and donations for the first half of our documentary production (in the amount of $8500). Now, with your help we can complete our valuable effort bringing a unique story to the screen our own voices like never before! What remains is editing of interviews, post-production, printing and wide distribution of “The Long Determination.

We have received several requests to submit the final film to prominent Film Festivals. They are very interested in our story and history of our fight to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and for our rights to serve openly.

The production team and producers thank everyone that has already contributed to this important project. It is reassuring that so many believe in the documentary and the story that will be told. This is just too important to not bring to life this story of the struggles, challenges, and victories that the LGBTQ military community has faced since the American Revolutionary War to present.

Your DONATION will make a difference

This documentary is produced to Public Broadcasting System standards for national distribution, including Congress and the general public!

Donate now and be recognized for your support to finish this ground breaking project!

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Email: TheLongDetermination@gmail.com

Veterans Proudly serving since Valley Forge!

Steve Loomis
LTC, EN, U.S. Army (Retired)
National President
American Veterans for Equal Rights
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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #12

The production team and producers thank everyone that has contributed to this project. It is reassuring that so many believe in the documentary and the story that will be told. Just know that we are still able to collect donations even though the donation campaign is over. This is just too important of a story to not bring it to life. A story of the struggles, challenges, and victories that the LGBTQ military community has faced since the American Revolutionary War to present. So go ahead, take that chance and donate to this project of bringing a unique story to the screen. A story that has never been told. Thank You - The Production Team

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #11

Steve Loomis, Producer and Jose Rodriguez, cinematography will be going to Washington, DC this weekend. They will be at the OutServe/SLDN conference to get additional interviews from members of OutServe and to capture some footage of historical locations for the film. Once they return, the editing team will start working on the new selections and starting the process of selecting the background footage that will help to tell the story. We could really use your help with this project, so do donate today.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #10

Jose Rodriguez and Stephani Patten have now completed the first round of editing on 7 and a half hours of raw interviews selecting the part that we want in the documentary. We will still roughly 1 to 2 hours of raw interviews once part of our production team goes to the OutServe/SLDN Conference in a couple of weeks. Once we have the first round done, we will put these portions of interviews into a new interview video so we can then do our second round of editing. This is where you have heard the "cutting floor" process. We will cut what we need to in order to fit the time allowed for the documentary per PBS standards. Jose and Stephani have had way too much fun picking out the part of interviews and prioritizing to importance and subject. Stay tuned for more to come.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #9

Today, Steve Loomis and Jose Rodriguez did the first rough narration of the script. This helps us with timing and allows for additions or toss outs if needed. We have also put an RFP for the screen writer and music composer. This part of the excitement when various parts of the documentary are now coming together.

We could use your help with a donation of any amount so that we have the funds to pay the screen writer, music composer and narrator. We on the production team thank you in advance for your support of this very important project.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #8

Ok, another day of editing and we now have taken 6 hours of interviews and selected the 'sound bites' and recorded them into our spreadsheet so that we can sort those bits into the story line. Again, this is quite a bit of work, but Jose and I are having fun at it. We are even selecting bits of interviews for the Special Features part. Oh, this is going to be great with moments of celebration to moments that will tear your heart out as related by our veterans who have experienced the good, the bad, and the really ugly of being LGBT in the military family.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #7

The editing team has started the editing process. We have done raw selections on the first half of the 6+ hours of interviews. We will finish with the interviews in the next day or two. This for three of the chapters of the documentary. There are two other chapters that we are still getting documentation on that will be edited into those chapters.

This really is a fun, but time consuming process. It allow us, the editors to be able to provide for the story as well as the emotional side of the story.

Once we get this task done, we will be starting to edit the 'B' roll for our background images while the narrator is speaking. We will putting out our RFP for the screen writer and music composer this coming week with making the selection mid October. Also this coming week, we will be recording a rough narration to get a feel for the timing and matching the narration up with footage.

The Production Team wants to thank everyone who has donated to help make this project come true. With direct donations and donations through Fundly, we have raised $3,410.00 towards our goal of $28,000.00. I know it seems like a long way to go, but YOU can help make it happen. Donate today!

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #6

Progress being made on the documentary. We are now into the areas where we will be spending money. Please consider donating to The Long Determination project so we can complete it.

There are three main stages to producing this documentary. The first is filming the interviews and the B-roll (or background images). Along with this is the creation of the story boards and a rough draft of the script to be written. We do have a few more to do on each in October in the Washington, D.C. area at an OutServe conference.

The second stage is the initial editing of selecting various parts of the interviews that fit into the timeline of the documentary. This is a very time consuming process. Edit, edit, edit. The three editors are using the same software so that the final can be seemed together in fashion to create the story. During this stage, we will interview and hire a screen writer to polish the script, a music composure/artist to create the original score, a narrator and a post production editor. During this time, the script will be polished into a near complete script which will be used by the screen writer. It also helps the editors to follow the story line closer while selecting the various parts for the story.

The third stage will be recording the narration, the musical score, and starting all the post production tasks. The post production editor along with the three editors will have the task of putting all this together while meeting PBS standards for a documentary film.

It is our plan to have a rough cut to show at a by invitation only viewing for critique purposes on Veterans day of this year. This most likely will be the cut that the three editors will put together prior to post production. We want to get a feel for how the story flows and how well the audience comprehends the story. After this viewing is when we enter into the post production portion of the film.

We intend to have the documentary completed by the end of the year with a premier in early 2018. More details forthcoming as we develop them.

Here are some grafts that may help you understand where we stand in the process and with the donations. The Long Determination team thanks everyone for your support.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #4

Our crew along with members of the Bataan Chapter of AVER enjoyed Santa Fe Pride yesterday! Such great progress, we shot some amazing B-Roll and plenty of photos to be featured in our photobook!

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #3

Technical issues with the donation part is done! With your help we can hire our screen writer, music composer, sound editor, and post processing editor. They can help us finish this project and bring these powerful stories told by individuals that have been affected by policies of our military.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #2

Oh shoot. Technology strikes again. We are having technical challenges with our funding account. If you have tried to donate, but were unable, please try again later this week or next week. We do apologized for any inconvenience. But we do appreciate your support.

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AVER The Long Determination posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #1

As we have received our first donations, we are doing the editing (oh wow is there a lot of editing), selecting the screen writer to do his or her magic to the script and a music composer to write the original score. We have finished up with the small and large posters and the photo book. I don't know about you, but we are getting really excited as we enter this intense part of the process. Thank you for believing in our project.

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