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Rebecca Schanberg, Producer/Director
Meet the Filmmaker Reception
Tickets (includes reception):
The Arts Council, Inc., Gainesville State College and South Arts present “Do No Harm,” with Filmmaker Rebecca Schanberg as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center on Thursday, February 17, 2011. A reception will be provided by The Holbrook of Lake Lanier catering and included in the ticket prices.
Meet the Filmmaker:
Following a screening of her feature film, “Do No Harm,” Rebecca Schanberg and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker.
Rebecca Schanberg holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. She has worked as director of corporate philanthropy at Polo Ralph Lauren, community and women’s liaison in The Office of the Manhattan Borough President, and as a team leader and program designer for City Year, a national urban peace corps. “Do No Harm” is her first directorial effort.
Do No Harm tells the story of two reluctant whistleblowers 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.
At the center of this story is Phoebe Putney, a non-profit hospital in Albany, Georgia whose influence is felt by most residents – everyone knows someone who works at Phoebe, owes Phoebe money, or who has been to the hospital for treatment. In 2003, Dr. John Bagnato and accountant Charles Rehberg stumble upon evidence that the hospital is overcharging uninsured and indigent patients and is using aggressive collections tactics to recover costs. Their subsequent investigation uncovers millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts and lucrative for-profit businesses under the control of the non-profit hospital – not only at Phoebe, but also at non-profit hospitals around the country. And shockingly – this is all entirely legal.
When these discoveries become public, Bagnato and Rehberg become the targets of threats and intimidation, and are eventually prosecuted by local authorities for blowing the whistle on the hospital’s practices. With their reputations and livelihoods on the line, Bagnato and Rehberg must confront what they’re willing to sacrifice to bring about justice.