Critical Condition
by Roger Weisberg
Sunday, January 31, 2010 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Dinner, Screening and Discussion
Fee $50 Non-GFEM Members, $35 for GFEM Members

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We’ve seen how films like An Inconvenient Truth can dramatically shape public opinion and advance urgent policy issues. Critical Condition is essential viewing as the debate over comprehensive health reform remains center stage.

Meet Dr. Patrick Dowling, the Chairman of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine who appears in the film and filmmaker Roger Weisberg to learn how the documentary was supported in its development by the foundation community and how it has been successfully used as an education and advocacy tool.

First aired on PBS in September 2008, this powerful and timely documentary puts a human face on America’s health care crisis by capturing the harrowing struggles of four critically ill Americans who discover that being uninsured can cost them their jobs, health, home, savings, even their lives.

Through the film’s intimate storytelling style, Critical Condition lays out the consequences of an increasingly expensive and inaccessible system and humanizes the complex policy failures at the heart of our health care crisis.

Our special guests will update us on the status of the subjects of the film; they will outline the effectiveness of their campaign to educate the public and elected officials and move people to action; you’ll hear from them about the unprecidented response from viewers who continue to post comments to the film’s Web site; and they will provide you with insight on how your foundation can get involved and partner with other foundations to support essential media campaigns like this one.

Funding for Critical Condition was provided by Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York Community Trust, Park Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Silverweed Foundation, Spunk Fund, Inc, and The Trull Foundation.

This screening is co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media, Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families and PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement.

Visit and the Council on Foundations website at for updates and registration information or contact Evelyn Gibson,, (703) 879-0691.

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