"Thoroughly cinematic....A fascinating paean to altruism and a mournful portrait of troubled people in need of more than just a grassroots solution." ERIC KOHN, INDIEWIRE
During the U.S. debate about healthcare reform, the media—reporters and news crews and filmmakers—failed to put a human face on what it means to not have access to healthcare. REMOTE AREA MEDICAL fills that gap—it is a film about people, not policy. Focusing on a single three-day clinic held in the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL affords us an insider’s perspective on the ebb and flow of the event—from the tense 3:30 a.m. ticket distribution that determines who gets seen to the routine check-ups that take dramatic turns for the worse, to the risky means to which some patients resort for pain relief. We meet a doctor who also drives an 18-wheeler, a denture maker who moonlights as a jeweler, and the organization’s founder, Stan Brock, who first imagined Remote Area Medical while living as a cowboy in the Amazon rainforest, hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor. But it is the extraordinary stories of the patients, desperate for medical attention, that create a lasting impression about the state of modern health care in America.
Official Hot Docs Selection 2013, Official Selection Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2013, Official Selection 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston, Official Selection Nashville Film Festival 2013, Official Selection Riverrun International Film Festival 2013