A debate over healthcare has been raging nationwide, but what’s been lost in the discussion of mandates, payers, pre-existing conditions and deficits are the American citizens who live every day without proper access to healthcare, afraid of injury and suffering through minor illnesses in the hopes that they’ll just get better on their own. Remote Area Medical will document the annual two-day “pop-up” medical clinic put on by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in the NASCAR speedway in Bristol, TN. Even though this small town is only a few hundred miles from our nation’s capitol, access to proper medical care for many in region might as well be worlds away.
Instead of a film about policy, about which system is better, will cover more, or cost less, Remote Area Medical will be a film about people, about a one-of-a-kind experience and an unlikely community that arises in the same place every year. Remote Area Medical will use the RAM experience as a window upon which to view a vast, unseen swath of American society.
“‘Remote Area Medical’ holds nothing back” – WINSTON-SALEM JORNAL
“Devastating. The filmmakers capture a powerful mixture of pride and despair, following individuals who’ve gone without vision or dental care for most of their adult lives.“ – Norm Wilner, NOW MAGAZINE
Audience Award for Best American Indie – RiverRun International FF 2013
NTP Human Spirit Award – Nashville FF 2013
Special Jury Prize – IFF Boston 2013
Official Selection – Hot Docs 2013
Offical Selection AFI Docs 2013