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"Don't give them what they want, give them what you are..."

From Veterans in Film & Television's Business of Acting Q & A with David Brandon, Linc Hand, Max Martini, Adam Farabee and Jack Kennedy earlier this week. Written by David Tenenbaum

Moments before a candid Q&A with four talented actors begins, Max Martini tells me he has no interest in sitting on stage in the already and beautifully laid out directors chairs with his colleagues.

Hmm.

I mention he'll have to tussle with the Jason Statham doppleganger and 6' 2" mass of Army veteran and VFT Director of Programs Jack Kennedy to sort it out. Laughs ensue.

But this is Max, Max Martini, the American-Canadian-Euro citizen who has had held some of the most dominant roles in combat films like Saving Private Ryan, Colombiana, Captain Philips, Pacific Rim, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Spectral. No one argued. Did I mention he's also boxed for the past 12 years or so?... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
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VFT Supports UNITED WAY HOME WALK

VFT Supports UNITED WAY HOME WALK raising money to prevent homelessness
- by David Tenenbaum

Ask any VFT actor, writer, producer or member about the challenge of finding a fitting place to live in Los Angeles and I assure you, they'll swear that securing billeting was easier while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. This town's allure of fulfilling creative dreams is met with a competition of limited resources that rivals a single MRE for a hulking, heaving, fresh from the field fire team. Ambition and talent are abundant here...alas, luck and an easy way of life aren't.

It's with both sympathy and empathy then that VFT board members, key staff, and member veterans marched along side about 15,000 at the United Way 2016 Home Walk this last weekend on November 19th in downtown LA. With a noble mission of ending homelessness here in Los Angeles through a variety of permanent housing programs, the nearly $1.5M raised will help some of LA's 47,000 homeless veterans and civilians move off the streets and into fitting homes.... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday November 29, 2016
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GotYour6 Storytellers event at the Television Academy

By ARNOLD STRONG - I am at a loss at what to say about the extraordinary GotYour6 Storytellers event at the Television Academy other than, “WOW!”... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday November 03, 2016
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Mattel Matches Studio Donation, Supports Veterans

By SARAH SERRANO - On Veteran’s Day, Mattel Inc. showed its support of veterans by making a generous contribution to 501c3 nonprofit Veterans in Film and Television (“VFT”), which matched one studio's recent donation to help increase VFT’s growth and impact.... (read more)

Post Date: Wednesday November 11, 2015
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'Cocktails & Camouflage': annual all-veteran comedy show benefits veterans

By VFT STAFF - On Nov. 5, VFT member and Marine Corps veteran James P. Connolly presents the 6th Annual Veteran’s Day benefit comedy show “Cocktails & Camouflage." The event will raise funds to support our work connecting veterans with opportunities in the film and television industry.... (read more)

Post Date: Sunday October 25, 2015
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From Marine Infantry To Stand-Up Comedy

By JAMES P. CONNOLLY - Over the years I have raised thousands of dollars for deserving organizations including many Veterans Groups. I have had the honor of going overseas to entertain troops in the Middle East and nothing has been more rewarding. Continuing the tradition, I am producing my 5th Annual “Cocktails & Camouflage” Veterans Day Comedy Benefit Show Thursday Nov 6th at Flappers Comedy Club, Burbank CA with 100% of the proceeds going to the VFT. ... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
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VFT Partner Spotlight: Gary Sinise Foundation

By MICHAEL BRODERICK - When you think of Hollywood actors that support our military and veterans, one name is always at the top of the list and that name is Gary Sinise. Even before his Oscar nominated role as Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise had...... (read more)

Post Date: Saturday March 22, 2014
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VFT Ends 2013 With a Bang!

With not-soon-forgotten events in Los Angeles and New York, VFT was honored to wrap out yet another year full of growth, partnerships, accomplishments, and good times. VFT:LA held it’s 2nd Annual Holiday Gala on Friday Dec. 13th at the historic American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, CA. The event was sold out; over 200 veterans and guests in attendance and looking sharp. The evening included... (read more)

Post Date: Thursday December 19, 2013
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VFT ‘13 holiday party to be held fri dec 13th in hollywood

Get your snappiest suit or dress ready for action, this will be an affair to remember complete with a delectible dinner, cold drinks, fresh music, epic door prizes, glitzy red carpet step-n-repeat, hilarious stand up comedy, and some very special guests.... (read more)

Post Date: Tuesday December 10, 2013
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