‘Escape Fire’ documentary examines medical system’s quick fixes, profit-driven care

Escape Fire – December 5, 2013 – Bijou Art Cinemas – 6:00 PM Screening – in Eugene

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ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care.

Escape Fire

After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military.

ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation. It’s a big subject for a feature-length documentary, and it’s a subject that carries with it decades of debate and misconception.

Much of the recent media attention about healthcare has focused on the partisan politics in our nation’s Capitol — from the contentious passage of the Affordable Care Act to the ongoing polarized debate about its impact — yet our country is still unclear about what is really wrong with healthcare and how to move forward.

The goal of ESCAPE FIRE is to address what might be done to create a sustainable system for the future, to transcend the misinformation, the angry partisan debates and create a clear and comprehensive look at healthcare in America. By combining powerful human stories with leading experts, we hope our film can help catalyze a paradigm shift in how our country views health and healing.

ESCAPE FIRE will allow audiences to come away with a clearer understanding of how and why our system is broken, the barriers to change, and potential solutions, or “escape fires,” that could help fix our system. We hope people will be empowered to help push for societal change. We also hope to inspire individuals to take better control of their personal health, realizing that in many cases they have the power to heal.