WCTE and Indie Lens Pop-Up present The Providers documentary

Nurse Practitioner Chris Ruge listens to patient Julia’s heart during a home visit in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

National Documentary follows three rural medical practitioners who are making a difference in the lives of their patients 

Documentary Filmmakers, Anna Moot-Levin and Laura Green, photographed at Pier 70 in San Francisco on February 14, 2018.

Cookeville – WCTE, in partnership with Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS’ Independent Lens, will present The Providers. The film follows three healthcare professionals in northern New Mexico at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to anyone who walks through the doors. Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, the film shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients. The film is directed by Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin, both the children of doctors. 

WHAT: FREE preview screening of The Providers

WHO:  Presented by: WCTE, Indie Lens Pop-Up, City of Crossville & The Palace Theater

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 11a.m. – noon for the reception; noon – 1 p.m. for screening

WHERE: The Palace Theater

RSVP:  No RSVP is needed

A member of the Crossville Medical Center will be joining this screening event for the Questions and Answers session. 

“Residents in the Upper Cumberland often encounter barriers to healthcare that limit their ability to obtain the care they need,” said Brent Clark, WCTE Director of Content & Digital Media, “For residents in the Upper Cumberland to have sufficient access to necessary and appropriate healthcare, services must be available, easily accessible, and obtainable in a timely manner.”

WCTE’s Town Hall is one of several community events hosted by public media stations across the country and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).The national organization StoryCorps will visit Cookeville to record and preserve community conversations on rural healthcare. Additional information will be available at the screening.

“As trusted local partners, public media stations understand the most pressing needs of their communities, often before they attract national attention,” said CPB Chief Content and Innovation Officer Maja Mrkoci. “CPB support is helping local stations engage in productive civic dialogue about the lack of medical care in rural communities and solutions.”

For more information about the event, the film and the filmmakers, visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/the-providers/

El Centro Family Health Medical Director Matt Probst listens to patient Marie’s heart.

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