Not Going Quietly

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 139 MINUTES

NOT GOING QUIETLY

Documentary, Politics

Since his high school debate team days, Ady Barkan has been articulate and passionate about social issues—a passion which eventually lands him an organizing job in California. Happily married and a loving father, life can’t be better. But at age 32 he is diagnosed with ALS, and, fearing rising healthcare costs in light of the proposed 2018 tax reform, Barkan heads for Washington as part of a group voicing their concerns. Frustrated after a conversation with Republican Senator Jeff Flake on the return flight goes nowhere, he embarks on the “Summer of Heroes Tour” where, as part of an equally dedicated team, he speaks at rallies, heads demonstrations at local offices of elected officials, and inspires both the public and team members in the name of healthcare reform, all the while coping with his declining physical abilities and yearning to be with his family.

Told with intimacy and sensitivity, and fueled by Barkan’s unrelenting devotion—both personal and political—in the face of a debilitating disease, Be a Hero exposes the fragile state of our healthcare system through the work and devotion of one such person who can’t help but motivate us all.—Brian Gordon


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Nicholas Bruckman

Nicholas Bruckman produced the Sundance Award-winning film Valley Of Saints, which was released on Netflix. He previously directed the feature documentary La Americana, which broadcast on National Geography and PBS. He is the founder of People’s Television, a creative studio that produces independent films and commercial content for global brands.

Director
Nicholas Bruckman
Producer
Amanda Roddy
Screenwriter
Amanda Roddy, Nicholas Bruckman
Cinematographer
Ryder Haske, Erin Collett
Editor
Kent Bassett
Executive Producer
Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Bradley Whitford
Cast
Ady Barkan, Rachael King, Elizabeth Jaff, Ana Maria Archila, Nate Smith, Tracey Corder

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Adam Kersh
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 917 771 7021
adam.kersh@gmail.com
International Sales Contact
Jessica Lacy
ICM
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310 550 4000
JLacy@icmpartners.com
Press Contact
Amanda Roddy
People's Television
New York, NY 11217
Phone: 508 785 5851
amanda@peoples.tv
Print Source
Amanda Roddy
People's Television
New York, NY 11217
Phone: 508 785 5851
amanda@peoples.tv
US Sales Contact
Jessica Lacy
ICM
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310 550 4000
JLacy@icmpartners.com