This Sunday, June 10, at the Rainier Independent Film Festival!

Grounds for Resistance will screen at the Rainier Independent Film Festival on June 10 from 10-11:30 in the lovely town of Ashford, WA. For more information,

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Screening this Thursday, May 10, in Seattle! Please help spread the word.

Hi everyone. If you’re in the Seattle area, please join us for a screening of “Grounds for Resistance” as part of the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF). The screening is this Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 PM. at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 Northeast 50th Street ). Please help spread the word!

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May 2012 Screenings at Film Festivals

I’m honored that Grounds for Resistance will be screened at several upcoming film festivals. Here’s the information for those happening in May. Please come if you live nearby and help spread the word!

May 5, 2012. Lost Angeles, CA. Awareness Film, Art, and Music Festival. 9 am Regent Showcase. 614 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Free. For more information about the festival:

May 10, 2012. Seattle, WA. Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF). 6:00 PM. Screening at Grand Illusion Cinema. located at 
1403 Northeast 50th Street 
Seattle, WA 98105. Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker and Coffee Strong activists. To purchase tickets,

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Coffee Strong in the news

Coverage of GI Voice / Coffee Strong response (below)

Killings Add to Worries at Soldier’s Home Base (New York Times)

Afghanistan Suspect’s Base Had 2010 Killing Case (Associated Press/NPR)

“Rogue Base” has violent history (CNN, 3/16/12)

Shooting suspect from “most troubled” U.S. base (CBS News, 3/12/12)

Traumatisierte US-Soldaten (ZDF Auslands Journal, 3/14/12)

Washington base back in spotlight after Afghan shootings (CNN, 3/12/12)

Veterans Groups Call JBLM a “Rogue Base” (KIRO)

Lewis-McChord soldier accused in killings of 16 Afghan civilians (KOMO)

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Killings in Afghanistan

The recent killings in Afghanistan are so tragic for so many different reasons. Veterans and other activists involved with Coffee Strong have been working hard for a long time to bring attention to the lack of adequate resources for war veterans’ mental health issues at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This horrific tragedy comes after a long list of other ones involving soldiers and veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and other types of combat related trauma. Please support Coffee Strong in their efforts, and if you’d like to learn more about these issues and the veterans who run Coffee Strong, you can purchase Grounds for Resistance.

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Documenting War and Vetaran’s Experience, with Sebastian Junger and Lisa Gilman

Documenting War and the Veteran’s Experience, with Sebastian Junger and Lisa Gilman

Thursday, February 23, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

University of Oregon in Portland

White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street


Join community members, students and veterans for an exploration of the war-time and post-conflict experience of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as the screening of a powerful new documentary film, Grounds for Resistance.


Sebastian Junger is a best-selling author (The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont, Fire) and a renowned journalist. His recent work includes the book WAR and the film Restrepo, based on his year embedded, along with the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington, with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in eastern Afghanistan. Junger and Hetherington reported on the war from the perspective of soldiers who experienced heavy combat in a remote valley.  Restrepo was awarded the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


Professor Lisa Gilman is director of the Folklore Program at the University of Oregon and producer of the documentary Grounds for Resistance, about Coffee Strong, a pro-soldier, anti-war coffee house near Joint Base Lewis-McCord, in Washington State. This nonprofit café is a space for soldiers, veterans and their families to discuss politics and the impacts of war, and it provides resources for dealing with combat stress, sexual trauma and other issues, as well as navigating veterans’ benefits and legal systems.

The film focuses on the veterans who run Coffee Strong, exploring their decisions to enlist, memories of deployment, relationships, and how their efforts to create a more peaceful world help them cope with their experiences of war.


Following a screening of Grounds for Resistance, Junger and Gilman will discuss their work, in conversation with the audience. This event is free and open to the community.


Sponsored by the following University of Oregon units:

—George S. Turnbull Portland Center, School of Journalism and Communication

—Academic Affairs, UO Portland

—Academic Extension

—Oregon Humanities Center, Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities

—Folklore Program


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Grounds for Resistance screenings in Tacoma this Tuesday!

Grounds for Resistance will screen at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma, WA on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Please visit their website for details and help spread the word!

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Success of grassroots distribution in 2011 and plans for 2012

2011 was a big year for Grounds for Resistance. Through largely grassroots distribution, Grounds for Resistance screened at least 14 times in 10 different states. Thanks to everyone who organized local screenings.

I’ve been busy submitting the film to film festivals as well. Thus far, it screened at its first festival, The REEL Independent Film Festival, in Washington D.C. in October 2011.

This year begins with a number of screenings already scheduled and news of more coming on a regular basis. Coffee Strong is organizing two screenings at the Grand Theater of Tacoma on February 7, and it will screen in Portland in conjunction with a visit in by Sebastian Junger, maker of Restrepo, on February 23.

It will also be featured at a couple of film festivals:  the OLA Film Festival in Orlando in February 2012 and the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Vancouver, Washington in summer 2012. I’ve submitted it to dozens of other festivals and will post information as I receive it.

As anyone involved in independent filmmaking knows, distribution is a real challenge. I plan to spend time in the next month researching other channels of distribution and continuing to promote the film through social media, activist networks, and the festival circuit.

As always, anyone interested in helping out or organizing a screening, please let me know.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts for helping make the film a success.

Cheers, Lisa Gilman


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Grounds for Resistance shown in college classes

Two of my colleagues at the University of Oregon screened Grounds for Resistance in their classes this week.

Prof. Joe Lowndes showed it to his U.S Politics class, a freshman level class of about 150 students, as part of their unit on social movements. He invited me to come in to discuss the film and answer questions. We had a lively discussion about the filmmaking process, veteran activism, and the advocacy work and activism of Coffee Strong members.

Anthropologist Lamia Karim showed the film in her Feminism and Ethnography class today. I will join the class on Thursday for a q&a. She invited the vets featured in the film, but unfortunately no one could make the trip. Andrew, Josh, and Jorge are planning to go to Seattle for the film’s screening on Friday, so they couldn’t make the trip to Eugene the day before, and Joseph is busy in New York working with IVAW. Fortunately, Joseph is available to skype in for the discussion, which will be an experiment. It will be fun to see what kind of discussion emerges in this class, an upper division and graduate level course focused on research methods and methodology. I’ll post a follow-up!

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Screening this Friday (Nov. 4, 2011) in Seattle!

Meaningful Movie Series

Friday, November 4th, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “GROUNDS FOR RESISTANCE” (50 min, Lisa Gilman 2011)

Keystone Congregational Church
5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle, 98103 (in Wallingford)
(0.4 miles west of the I-5 NE 50th St. Exit – Metro Bus Routes 16, 26 & 44)
Directions can be found at

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