Nashville Public Television (NPT) has chosen Remote Area Medical, directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman’s document of the annual three day “pop-up” medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) at the Bristol, Tennessee NASCAR speedway, as the 2013 recipient of the NPT Human Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival.
The NPT Human Spirit Award, presented each year by NPT to a Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) documentary selection, acknowledges a filmmaker’s work that best explores and captures the human spirit. The film must illuminate in a high artistic manner the important characteristics of what it means to be human: generosity, kindness, mercy, compassion, fortitude and honor. The award will be presented prior to screening of the film at NaFF on Sunday, April 21, 4:15 p.m. at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.
“Remote Area Medical hits close to home, capturing and communicating what it means to be human today, in Tennessee,” the award jury notes. “Doctors and nurses who once flew to Central and South America to care for people with no access to basic health care now find they don’t even need to leave the U.S. to find those people. They can find them right here in our home state. This is a beautiful, moving and ultimately troubling film that viewers will be thinking about long after it’s over.”
The NPT Human Spirit Award jury is Kevin Crane, VP of programming and technology; Sheila Fischer, Corporate and Community Development Manager; Justin Harvey, program manager; Brian O’Neill, director of brand management and creative services; and Linda Wei, producer.
“We are tremendously excited to receive an award like this in Tennessee, the state where our film takes place,” Reichert says. “We wanted Remote Area Medical to honor the resilience, resourcefulness, kindness and spirit of the great folks we met from Mountain City, Bristol, Kingsport, Rogersville and more, and we’d like to dedicate this NPT Human Spirit Award to everyone from the region who graciously invited us into their lives for a little while.”
The NPT Human Spirit Award comes with Nashville Public Television’s intention to broadcast the film so that others may celebrate the generous role that great filmmaking plays in our lives. Previous winners of the NPT Human Spirit Award are “Salaam Dunk” (Dir. David Fine, 2012); “Fambul Talk” (Dir. Sara Terry, 2011) “Raw Faith” (Dir. Peter Wiedensmith, 2010); “Crude” (Dir. Joe Berlinger, 2009); “Sons of Lwala” (Dir. Barry Simmons, 2008); and “The Clinton 12” (Dir. Keith McDaniel, 2007).
The 44th Nashville Film Festival takes place Thursday through April 25 at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.
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*Photo courtesy Nashville Film Festival and ArtsNash archives.