Remote Area Medical Film Review

Cinedigm planning on spring release

Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to “Remote Area Medical,” a documentary about Americans without access to basic health care.

“Remote,” directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, made its world premiere at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film was produced by Reichert, Zaman and Dan O’Meara.

The film takes its name from the nonprofit Remote Area Medical, which operates pop-up health care clinics. The film was shot over three days in 2012 at the NASCAR speedway in Bristol, Tenn., where nearly 2,000 people received free medical, dental, and vision care provided by a team of medical volunteers.

Cinedigm, which will release the film in the spring, said the film “provides viewers with an unobstructed look at what it means to be an American without access to basic healthcare, a valuable perspective at a time when the battle over Obamacare has dominated the news cycle.”

Remote Area Medical was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock when he suffered a personal injury while living among the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America. The group was founded to bring healthcare overseas but currently does nearly two-thirds of its work in the United States.

Reichert’s first film “Gerrymandering” premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Reichert and Zaman are currently in post-production on “This Time Next Year,” which tracks the residents of Long Beach Island, N.J., in the year following Hurricane Sandy.

The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm’s Emily Rothschild, with Submarine’s Josh Braun representing the filmmakers.

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