Code Black

(USA, 2013, 81 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
EXEC PRODS Mark Jonathan Harris, Marti Noxon, Edward Newton, William "Billy" Mallon, Jan Shoenberger, Matthew Damron, Diku Mandavia, Kevin Goodwin
PROD Linda Goldstein Knowlton
SCR Ryan McGarry, Joshua Altman
CAM Nelson Hume
ED Joshua Altman
MUS James Lavino
Guests in attendance.


A doctor at LA County hospital, first-time filmmaker Ryan McGarry provides the ultimate insider’s look at the realities of the ER and the adrenaline-charged residents who work there. His fast-paced and provocative documentary follows a group of bright, energetic young doctors as they struggle with the divide between their idealistic expectations and the realities of practicing medicine amidst a complex and overburdened system.

The film begins in 2008 when the residents were training at "C-Booth," the notorious trauma bay at the LA County Hospital known as the “hurt locker of American medicine.” But in a moment, everything changes. C-Booth permanently closes and a new ER facility opens. The move sends the young doctors into an identity crisis as the new facility forces the team to grapple with the realities of modern medicine: bureaucracy, money, policy and the front-line burdens of a nation’s most complex socio-economic problem. They begin to wonder if it is possible to practice medicine with their ideals intact…

McGarry’s accomplished work—occasionally graphic in nature—is "an urgent, deeply felt report from the frontlines of emergency health care… [McGarry’s] extraordinary access to life-and-death moments and his illuminating perspective on the medical system make for a powerful viewing experience."—Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Ladylike Films
9004 Rosewood Avenue
West Hollywood, CA, 90048
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