Remote Area Medical
Director Jeff Reichert scheduled to attend | May 26 & May 27
Remote Area Medical, about a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free healthcare to those without insurance, observes the program's volunteers and its recipients over three long days at Virginia's Bristol Motor Speedway.
|May 26, 2013||3:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 27, 2013||5:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
The parking lot of the Bristol Motor Speedway, a NASCAR track just south of the Kentucky border in eastern Tennessee, starts attracting visitors eighteen hours before the start of a weekend-long event. Semi trucks arrive unloading not racecars but mobile medical facilities into the arena for the annual "pop-up" clinic put on by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM). Patients camp out in the parking lot for as long as two days in order to receive medical, dental, and vision care, putting a face to the statistics at the center of the United States healthcare crisis. Stan Brock, the 76-year-old flight-suit adorned, bicycle-riding founder of RAM, posits that people who live in the United States today and cannot afford or do not have access to care might as well be on the moon. Founded in 1985, RAM has worked in remote international and domestic communities, putting on volunteer-run clinics in places where there is a shortage of providers or an abundance of those who cannot afford care. Remote Area Medical highlights the relief and gratitude felt by hundreds of patients receiving care that would otherwise be inaccessible while under-scoring the vast unmet need that exists.
New York based co-directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman are co-editor-in-chief and staff writer (respectively) at the film journal Reverse Shot. Reichert directed and Zaman contributed to the film (SIFF, 2010).
Sponsored in part by KPLU
|Director:||Farihah Zaman, Jeff Reichert|
|Running Time:||83 minutes|
|Producer:||Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman, Dan O'Meara|
|Cinematographers:||Jarred Alterman, Steven Bognar, Nadia Hallgren, Gary Griffin, Errol Webber, Erick Stoll|