The Greater Park Circle Film Society knows that laughter is the best medicine. On Thurs. Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Film Society along with the South Carolina Progressive Network and EVO will show two films about health care, one a local production (Charleston Health Care Stories), the other a, um, musical comedy about health care in the United States Damaged Care. A post-film discussion will be held about the films and the health-care situation in America. On hand to talk about his short film is creator of Charleston Health Care Stories, Edward Faircloth.
According to GPCFS board member Nicholai Burton, Damaged Care may be about a serious topic but its tone is anything but. "It's a fun, lighthearted poke at the current state of America's health care system, without being overly political," Burton says.
Written in 1996 by physicians. Dr. Greg LaGana and Dr. Barry Levy for the stage, Damaged Care has been continually updated over the years. LaGana and Levy decided to put their own experiences in public health and medicine to even more good use by discussing both the good and bad points about the American health-care system. "We wanted, in an entertaining way, to highlight the challenges for doctors and patients in our country's profit-driven health-care system in which the doctor-patient relationship has been eroded," Levy says.
It's a pretty relevant issue, considering what's going on in Washington. "We are all responsible for the current status of our health-care system, and, therefore, as a society, we are all responsible for improving it." Levy says.
Across the street from the home of the Film Society's Olde North Charleston Talking Picture House, located at South of Broadway Theatre, EVO will reserve spots specifically for moviegoers.
Tickets for the film are $2/members, $5/non-members. The films will be shown at South of Broadway Theatre, 1080 E. Montague Ave. For more information, call (843) 478-3911 or visit parkcirclefilms.org.