No house, no salary, and no possessions.
British-born Amazonian cowboy turned US TV star, Stan Brock, sacrificed fame and wealth to bring free healthcare to America. His life both embodies and confronts one of the biggest social issues of our time; the US healthcare crisis.
Stan Brock was an errant British adventurer who fled his stuffy public school at the age of 14 and boarded a ship bound for British Guiana, where he went on to become a vaquero; a barefoot Amazonian cowboy. He was later discovered by a TV producer who brought him to the United States and turned him into an anaconda-wrestling wildlife TV star, featuring weekly on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”. However, in 1985 Stan decided to forsake fame and wealth for a higher calling.
Stan sold everything he owned and founded a small charity with the aim of bringing basic healthcare to people in the developing world, vowing never to take a salary for his efforts. Yet by 1992, Remote Area Medical had switched its focus to running relief missions closer to home. It now dedicates over 70 percent of its resources to providing free healthcare services to people in the most depressed regions of the US, where millions of uninsured can go for years without seeing a doctor or a dentist. To date, RAM has helped nearly 1 million people through the efforts of some 135,000 volunteers.
So who was this enigmatic Englishman, and why did he sacrifice everything to bring free healthcare to people in need? This feature-length documentary examines the shocking paradox of pop-up field hospitals in the world’s most affluent nation, while recounting Stan Brock’s extraordinary life story. It is a challenging and inspirational tale of an unlikely man on an improbable yet unwavering mission to unite a nation and resolve one of the biggest social issues of our time; the US healthcare crisis.
Paul Michael Angell
Paul is a director and producer specialising in branded content and non-fiction work for film, broadcast television, and web. His producer credits include documentary feature films The Beautiful Game and The Negotiators, and his directorial debut, Code Switching, was screened at The National Portrait Gallery, London. He has also shot footage for the documentary feature film productions New Town Utopia and Buried in Burma, as well as acclaimed observational TV docs The Estate We’re In (BBC) and 16 Kids and Counting (Channel 4). Paul has a strong storytelling approach that meshes his background in commercials with an up-close documentary style, and has a wealth of experience working with high-profile talent both in front of and behind the camera.
Katie is a highly experienced editor who has worked on many award-winning documentary films, including Academy Award nominated Virunga, which was directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and executive produced by Leonardo Di Caprio. Her most recent documentary feature film, veteran director Alex Holmes’ Maiden, has received widespread critical acclaim and is one of the top grossing documentaries of 2019. Katie’s other credits include documentary features Bruce Lee & The Outlaw, Evelyn, and We Ride, as well as Moon Shot, which was a series of short documentaries for J.J. Abram’s company Bad Robot. Her latest collaboration with Oscar-winner von Einsiedel, documentary short Lost and Found, has just been acquired by National Geographic for worldwide distribution.