THE REAL PATCH ADAMS
A documentary by Judith Bourque
52 minutes - Copyright 2000
Judith Bourque Film
Meet the real Patch Adams, medical doctor and clown whose life is
portrayed by Robin Williams in the Hollywood movie "Patch Adams".
Through an in-depth interview with Patch you will hear his story...about
the journey from suicidal despair in his youth to the decision to
devote his life to the study of how to heal through joy and laughter.
The viewer also gets an inside look at Patch's project - an ideal,
non-profit hospital under construction where a medically trained
staff will work together with alternative practitioners.
"Beneath his clownlike persona lies a great deal of wisdom, and
it often falls to court jester to speak the truth that those in
power need to hear." - Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Columbus International Film & Video Festival,
This film was selected for viewing at the Western Psychological
Association's Annual Convention, year 2000.
"This program intricately details medical doctor Patch Adams' life
and unconventional medical philosophy...Commentary by Adams' supporters,
social activists, and others who talk about their experiences and
philosophy is equally telling. An excellent program to circulate
with the popular movie, this might also find a spot in medical and
nursing schools." -Booklist
"Anyone who enjoyed the Hollywood version of this story...should
check this documentary out...A welcome change from HMOs and managed
care!" -Fellowship Magazine
"'The fool performs a sacred role in the community...a teller of
truth standing naked in the marketplace...confronting the powerful
with playful disorder.' This commentary, from Ken Feit, aptly describes
the enigma that is Patch Adams...Perfect for college courses...an
effective documentary of the power of the human spirit, and one
man's quest to address the problems in the American health care
system." -Jennifer Harrison, North Carolina Wesleyan College
"For high school and up; useful to stimulate discussion of humor,
healing, and values. Recommended." -Melinda Davis, Univ. of Tennessee
Law Library, MC Journal
"Whether you hail 'Patch' as an example of what doctors should be
like, or dislike him because of his constant in-your-face clowning,
this program allows you to base your opinion on fact, not movie
fiction. Recommended." -*** Video Librarian
"Finally a physician who understands that wholeness means incorporating
every aspect of the human experience. Don't miss this rare opportunity
to see the work of a true healer." -Leo G. Frangipane, M.D.
Judith Bourque has been an independent filmmaker since 1980
and film editor since 1986. Her production company works
mainly with documentaries. Worthy of mention is her 16mm
film "Sowing for Need or Sowing for Greed" on the genetic
manipulation of food (1989 Mannheim Film Festival, Gold
Dukat, the Public's Prize, Special Merit Award, Earth-Peace
Intl. Film Festival) and her very recently released TV documentary,
"The Real Patch Adams".