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by Lauren Wissot
Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin’s IFP-supported The Providers is a film I regrettably left off my must-see list at Full Frame, most likely because a doc that follows a doctor, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant serving rural communities abandoned by our traditional (and traditionally broken) healthcare system sounded like something that might put this liberal urbanite to sleep. But in one of those lucky film fest coincidences, I ended up chatting with the doc’s co-director Laura Green on the ride back to the Raleigh-Durham airport, and mentioned I was returning to Santa Fe. Which is both a drive away and worlds apart from the rural areas of northern New Mexico where The Providers takes place.
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Fortunately, the film’s DOC NYC premiere (November 9th at Cinépolis Chelsea and November 12th at IFC Center) has now provided a second chance to sing the film’s praises. Filmmaker spoke with co-directors Green and Moot-Levin about their beautifully-composed doc, which immerses us in the lives of three unsung heroes quietly making a difference on the margins, even as urban bubble dwellers like me ignore our neighbors outside the city line.
Filmmaker: What brought you to this story in the first place, and what made you think the topic of rural healthcare would make for compelling non-fiction material?
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Green and Moot-Levin: We are both the children of healthcare providers ourselves, and have a long-standing fascination with medicine. We grew up with lunches stored in a fridge with a “biohazard” sticker and dinner table discussions about the unequal and often unreasonable American healthcare system.
Back in 2014, we heard a radio story about how even after the ACA [passed] many Americans struggle to access care in rural communities where doctors are often few and far between. As we dug deeper into this subject matter, we saw...
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