American Sons (PBS Documentary In Progress) Panel Discussion + Q&A Session

Presented by Edgewood District Veterans Association at The Family Services Neighborhood Place, San Antonio TX

Mar 28 2023
American Sons (PBS Documentary In Progress) Panel Discussion + Q&A Session

FREE screening of scenes from the upcoming PBS documentary, American Sons followed panel discussion and Q+A session with Filmmakers

The community of San Antonio is invited to a FREE screening of select scenes from the upcoming PBS VOCES documentary, American Sons followed by a panel discussion and Q+A session with Director Andrew J Gonzales.

Drinks and light snacks will be served.

Sponsored by City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture , Edgewood Veterans Association and Family Service.



  • Mar 28, 2023 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)

Additional time info:

For more information contact:

Laura Varela, Producer (210)842-3787

Andrew Gonzales, Director

Rosendo Ted Gutierrez, LTC (R) U.S. Army

President, Edgewood District Veterans, Inc.


Sponsored by Edgewood District Veterans and the City of San Antonio Arts and Culture



Fundraiser: Work in Progress screening and Panel discussion for PBS Documentary American Sons.



The Family Services Neighborhood Place

3014 Rivas Street

San Antonio, TX 78228


Suggested Date and Agenda:

March 28, 2023

6:00 pm Social Hour- Reception

6:30 Introduction and Screening of Select Scenes

7pm Panel Discussion  Facilitated by Dr. Mario Longoria, Andrew Gonzales, and (TBD)

AMERICAN SONS is the story of a Brotherhood of Marines on the journey to healing from combat through reconnection with each other and their Gold Star Family.

Our story centers around Cpl. JV Villarreal, from the Westside of San Antonio. The Kennedy High School graduate always dreamed of becoming a Marine and while at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, his leadership was obvious and helped to create a close Marine brotherhood with a group of other young recruits. Following their training, JV and his new brothers were assigned to India Battery 3/12 attached to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines and in May of 2010, they deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

What’s unique about this story is that JV documented his combat journey with his own personal video camera hoping to share his experience with his friends and family back home. Unfortunately, he never got that chance.

On October 17, 2010, at only 22 years old, JV was killed in action after stepping on an IED. He was the youngest of four casualties his unit suffered. His intimate and heartfelt video diary accentuates both the tragedy of a life lost so young, and also paints a picture of what his surviving brothers endured.

JV and his Marine Brother’s story is what lays at the heart of AMERICAN SONS – serving as an exploration of the ongoing effect of combat on communities and revealing what many veterans experience in their transition to civilian life.

This film has  2024 primetime broadcast commitment to PBS Latino documentary series VOCES.  This film is free and open to the public however we encourage donations to help complete production on this timely and relevant film. On behalf of the American Sons team, we invite you to join us as sponsors and champions of our project.


* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


The Family Services Neighborhood Place

3014 Rivas Street, San Antonio, TX 78228

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