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El Dorado Films presents

Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC)

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Who We Are

El Dorado Films, the distributor of Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) films, is a specialized filmmaking collective that works across the U.S. and around the world to craft compelling documentaries, shorts, and commercials. Our team of accomplished filmmakers specialize in finding humanity and beauty amidst the noise and conflict that mark today’s media landscape.  We offer distinctive visual and sound designs, bringing the full complement of documentary and narrative filmmaking techniques to our projects.

The VDC takes the commitment to creative non-fiction at the heart of El Dorado Films and applies it to telling the stories of veterans and resistors alike.  Our intent is to tell a more human story than which battles were won or lost, than the technologies of war, as explained by history books and traditional military documentaries.  The VDC story is one which reminds all of us that historical events are driven by people, each of whom experiences love, loss, fear, courage, and pain.  Instead of wondering what would lead an African American, Native American, or Japanese American to serve in World War II, for example, VDC asks that difficult question and gets the answer from the people who made that decision.

The Story of VDC

VDC was developed by Dr. Daniel L. Bernardi and a group of his former student filmmakers who had already created El Dorado Films to be the kind of film company which focuses on the artistic side of documentary storytelling.  It is our intention to leverage the talent of a wide range of filmmakers – from cinematographers to editors to animators and sound designers – to support the filmmaking interests of partners committed to telling impactful stories that look to transform how audiences see and understand their world.  We are selective because we believe there’s an audience for creative non-fiction.

How We Work

The VDC is home to an extraordinary catalog that includes more than 50 features and shorts shot and screened in festivals around the world. Our services create opportunities for filmmakers by providing a platform to produce and distribute without restraint on their creativity.  We connect you directly to the artists’ vision of what any given story is directly to our audience, giving you an insight into the mind of the artist, the subject, and the military experience.

Introducing VDC on OTT

The Veteran Documentary Corps Channel lets you, the viewer, watch the documentaries and experimental films you want when and how you want them.  Like any other streaming service, subscribers can decide which documentaries they want to see based on a variety of categories, such as: genre, theme, or director.  Get the story of Noble Sissle, the famous singer and Harlem Hell Fighter that introduced ragtime to France.  Learn about the women who are serving the nation in combat. Study the human cost of war, and feel the grit that people bring to military service.  Award-winning series, shorts, and feature films will all be at your fingertips, providing you with the provocative films that will entertain as much as challenge.