A timeless documentary adventure recounting the incredible life story of British-born Amazonian cowboy turned US TV star, Stan Brock, who sacrificed everything to bring free healthcare to people in need. At once a heart-warming tribute to the unifying power of volunteerism, and an exploration of a perennial outsider’s search for meaning through giving of himself. This film 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.
MEDICINE MAN: THE STAN BROCK STORY follows the unlikely journey of a British-born Amazonian cowboy turned U.S. TV star who sacrifices everything for his life-changing mission to bring free healthcare to America. This inspirational documentary examines the shocking paradox of pop-up field hospitals in the world’s most affluent nation, whilst charting the rise of a volunteer-driven solution that bridges the healthcare coverage gap for millions of people.
A cowboy, television star, naturalist, bush pilot, and pioneering humanitarian – Stan Brock is a truly enigmatic individual. Seeking an escape from his humble beginnings in war-torn 1940s England, Stan left for South America as a teenager to work on the world’s biggest cattle ranch, located deep in the Amazon. A charismatic and down-to-earth figure, Brock was discovered by an American TV producer in the late 1960s, setting him on a path to fame as the anaconda-wrestling co-host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
However, Stan Brock’s true legacy resides with the creation of Remote Area Medical (RAM), a volunteer-driven non-profit that provides free medical, dental, and vision services to people in need. What started as a small charity flying medical aid to developing countries in the early 1990s is now one of the biggest free healthcare providers in the United States, having helped almost a million people to date through the efforts of over 196,000 volunteers and countless donors.
In taking RAM to the next level, Stan had to reconsider who he really is and embark on a personal journey of growth and self-discovery, questioning what is truly meaningful. He devoted the rest of his life to the organization, taking a vow of poverty to ensure that every resource he had went towards supporting the mission, and slept on the floor of his office at RAM headquarters for more than 30 years. He also learned how to ask others for help, allowing himself to be vulnerable for the first time.
Stan Brock confronted the U.S. healthcare crisis head on and inspired a nationwide movement that changed hearts, minds, and legislation, whilst giving some of the most overlooked people in society a voice as well as access to the care they desperately need. This film is not only a moving tribute to someone who sacrificed so much to help so many, but a celebration of what the American people can achieve when they come together to help one another, and a timely testament to the unifying power of community activism.
Paul Michael Angell
Vladimir V Daniel
Vladimir is an emerging film producer with a background in corporate finance, who trained as a Chartered Accountant at a Big 4 firm before going on to specialize in strategic consulting, fundraising, and direct investment. Having recently made the transition into film to follow his passion, Vladimir’s first production, award-winning documentary feature ‘Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story’, is currently pending theatrical release after successfully navigating the festival circuit. He currently has several scripted and non-scripted projects at various stages of production and development.
Ilene Kahn Power
Co-Producer | Consulting Editor
Tim is an editor with experience in long form documentary, series, and short form branded content. He specializes in films that uncover untold and often complex stories, which he helps mold into coherent and thoughtful narratives. These have ranged from the intimate portrayal of a time travelling transgender musical genius in the BAFTA nominated documentary feature, ‘Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story’, to an exploration of Shenzhen’s open-source black markets as part of Wired’s flagship ‘Future Cities’ documentary series. Tim regularly works with the BBC, The Guardian, Vogue, and BuzzFeed, as well as other leading content providers worldwide.
Daniel is a classically trained composer whose work includes scoring award-winning feature documentary ‘Bruce Lee and the Outlaw’ and the documentary series ‘Death in Bollywood’. He also scored narrative feature ‘The Girl from the Song’ and provided music for acclaimed documentary short ‘Lost and Found’. In addition to composing his own music, Daniel has assisted other composers on films including ‘Evelyn’, ‘On Her Shoulders’, ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, and Oscar winning short documentary ‘The White Helmets’.
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