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.
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 an Amazonian cowboy on the world’s biggest cattle ranch. 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 more than 172,000 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
Vladimir V Daniel
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.