Press Junket for Do No Harm (2009)

Film Website

www.donoharmdoc.com

Synopsis

DO NO HARM tells the story of two reluctant whistle blowers in a small Georgia town who endure relentless attacks as they struggle to draw national attention to hospital corruption and the plight of the uninsured.

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Director

Rebecca Schanberg

Cast and Crew

PRODUCTION TEAM

Rebecca Schanberg – Producer, Director

Rebecca Schanberg is a producer and director with The Kindling Group. Schanberg served as the Associate Producer of the PBS documentary, A Doula Story (2005), and was also responsible for coordinating the national educational outreach campaign for the film. Prior to joining Kindling, she was Director of Corporate Philanthropy at Polo Ralph Lauren, where she managed the corporation’s charitable giving program, and helped create and run the company’s widely publicized “Pink Pony Campaign.” Schanberg has also worked as a Community and Women’s Liaison in The Office of the Manhattan Borough President under Ruth Messinger, and as a Team Leader and Program Designer for City Year, a national urban peace corps. Do No Harm represents Schanberg’s directorial debut.

Danny Alpert – Executive Producer

Danny Alpert, Executive Director of The Kindling Group, is a producer, director and editor whose films have aired on PBS, HBO and A&E, among others. Alpert is currently producing The Calling, a groundbreaking four-hour documentary series that shares the journeys of Muslims, Christians and Jews who have decided to enter the clergy. The Calling has been funded by ITVS, PBS, CPB and others and will air nationally in 2010. His most recent film, A Doula Story, documented one woman’s fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident, nurturing mothers. This film was distributed to PBS stations nationwide and was the centerpiece of a national community engagement and education campaign. Previously, Alpert co-produced and edited Legacy, a feature length documentary for HBO, which was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award and Emmy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was an official selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Susanne Suffredin- Editor, Co-Producer

Suffredin has been editing feature and documentary films for 20 years. Working for Kartemquin Films, she served as Post-Production Supervisor of Hoop Dreams and Contributing Producer and Editor for 5 Girls, which aired on the PBS series P.O.V. in 2001. Recent editing credits include the feature films The Rest of Your Life, winner of the audience prize at the Angelciti Film Festival and Prefontaine, produced by Hollywood Pictures. Suffredin was also Editor and Post-Production Supervisor for the feature film Sacred Hearts, screened at the New Directors series at the Lincoln Center. She edited A Doula Story (PBS 2005) for The Kindling Group, and is currently editing The Calling.

Dana M. Kupper- Cinematographer

Dana Kupper has been an active member of the independent filmmaking community in Chicago for over 15 years. She was one of the main Directors of Photography for Stevie, a feature documentary by Steve James, Director of the critically acclaimed Hoop Dreams. Stevie won the ‘Excellence in Cinematography for a Feature Length Documentary’ Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. She was Cinematographer for the feature documentary 5 Girls, and shot for the documentary series The New Americans, both of which aired on PBS. A Doula Story, which recently aired on PBS, was also partly filmed by Kupper.

THE CHARACTERS

Dr. John Bagnato graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1982 and followed up with an internship and residency at University Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi. He worked as a general surgeon in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and then moved to Albany, Georgia in 1998, where he became a partner in Albany Surgical, PC. He stayed at Albany Surgical until 2007, when he opened his own practice in Albany, specializing in lap band surgery. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Georgia Society of General Surgeons, of which he is a founding member. He has authored numerous articles on laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Bagnato and his wife Jeni have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Brittany.

Charles A. Rehberg is a life-long resident of Albany, Georgia. He was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the same non-profit hospital that would later attack him for exposing their executive salaries, corporate profits, cash holdings, and aggressive collection tactics aimed at the uninsured. Mr. Rehberg earned undergraduate degrees in business and accounting with honors from Darton College in Albany, Georgia and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. He also earned a Master’s degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by training, Mr. Rehberg has over 25 years of experience in hospital and health care finance. During his career, he has served non-profit hospitals as a public accountant, consultant, and Chief Financial Officer. During this time, he earned the designation of Fellow of the Health care Financial Management Association (FHFMA), the highest certification in the field of health care finance. Mr. Rehberg has been the executive administrator of an Albany physician group since 1998. Mr. Rehberg has also earned the designations of Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). As a forensic accountant, Mr. Rehberg has assisted numerous attorneys in pro-consumer legal cases involving hospitals and other health care related entities. He has also donated his time to assist health care industry watchdog groups in their research regarding health care industry matters of public importance. Mr. Rehberg and his wife Wanda and twin daughters Jessica and Stephanie continue to reside in Albany, Georgia.

Press

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Awards, Nominations, Festivals

  • Ohio Independent Film Festival
  • The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Grand Rapids Film Festival
  • The Central Florida Film Festival
  • Rome (Georgia) International Film Festival
  • Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival
  • Eugene International Film Festival
  • BendFilmBend
  • Tacoma Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Film Festival
  • Flint Film Festival
  • Santa Fe Independent Film Festival