About the film
Just near the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the wealthiest parts of the country, Doctors Medical Center was a de facto safety net hospital for several low-income communities of color. But the hospital could no longer afford to continue fronting the costs of caring for patients on government health programs.
These closures disproportionately impact the poor, in both rural and urban areas across the country. The Desert sheds light on an ever-increasing national trend, seldom seen this intimately.
MILL VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Oct. 9, 2019 — Century Larkspur 3, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, 2019 — Rafael 2, 2:00 p.m.
"WHEN SECONDS COUNT" TOWN HALL
Nov. 9, 2019 — Craneway Pavillion, Richmond, 11:00 a.m.
About the filmmaker
Bo Kovitz is a documentary filmmaker and journalist whose work explores issues in criminal justice, environmental justice, public health and education. She has experience as a director, associate producer, field producer, investigative reporter, videographer and editor. Bo has worked on documentary projects that have been featured in Sundance Lab, POV, GoodPitch and PBS Frontline. She is currently the Marlon T. Riggs Fellow in Documentary Filmmaking at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.