USA 2018, 85 min. DIR/PROD/CAM Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green CAM Alexander J. Hufschmid, Kyle I Kelley, Kelly Creedon ED Chris Brown, Green, Levin
Northern New Mexico: an area hard hit by the opioid crisis and still reeling from the 2008 recession. Exploring a community with few public resources and a depressed population, The Providers profiles three healthcare providers working for El Centro, a safety-net clinic network covering 22,000 square miles that serves those without agency, health insurance or financial resources. Each healthcare practitioner has their own very personal encounters with addiction that fuels a fervent desire to help others combat illness. Their superhuman actions form both an uplifting story about the capacity for human kindness and a stark reminder of the healthcare crisis in rural America and beyond.
Anna Moot-Levin and Laura Green are a bi-coastal filmmaking team -- Anna is based in Brooklyn, and Laura in San Francisco. Green is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. Moot-Levin is the associate producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job.
"We are both children of doctors and share a lifelong fascination with medicine. We were interested in the idea of the storied old 'country doctor' and what it means to practice medicine in today’s rural America, which is facing aging populations, rising rates of overdose deaths, and a brain drain. As these healthcare providers work with underserved Americans to take control of their health, the film posits that healthcare is a human right."
Festivals (partial list): Full Frame Documentary Festival (Durham, North Carolina), DocNYC, AFI Docs Film Festival (Silver Springs, Maryland), San Francisco DocFest, Social Justice Film Festival (Seattle)
Awards (partial list): Gold Prize for Best Documentary Film - Social Justice Film Festival, Audience Choice Best Documentary Award - Santa Fe Film Festival, Spirit of Activism Award - San Francisco DocFest, Humanitarian Spirit Award - DocUtah Film Festival.
Location: The Providers was filmed in northern New Mexico in two rural towns: Las Vegas, New Mexico (the other Las Vegas!) and Española, New Mexico. Northern New Mexico (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_New_Mexico) is stunningly beautiful and like no other part of the United States, both in landscape and culture.
If You Find Yourself There: For homemade tortillas and chilli, we recommend a visit to Charlie’s Spic and Span in Las Vegas and stopping by the Historic Plaza Hotel. Although it sadly did not make it into the film, we shot the pilgrimage to Chimayo on Good Friday, which was an experience like none other.
Become Further Involved: El Centro Family Health, the clinic featured in the film, is part of America’s network of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). El Centro serves 22,000 square miles of northern New Mexico. To learn more about their work please visit: ecfh.org.