"The Good Doctor Young" is a film about one of the unsung fighters for social, economic and health care justice, Dr. Quentin Young.
A physician in Chicago for over 60 years, Quentin Young co-founded and currently serves a national coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program, a group of over 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single payer national health insurance. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, an independent, not for profit research and advocacy group focused on providing quality public healthcare for low income Illinoisans.
Quentin treated Martin Luther King Jr. when violence erupted during the Chicago Freedom Movement protests and Dr. King was struck with a stone hurled from a "hateful crowd." Quentin remarked that there was always the threat of violence, but it never deterred him from showing up, and speaking up, when he encountered injustice.
Quentin was friend and personal physician to the great Chicago writers Studs Terkel and Mike Royko, as well as Harold Washington, the first African-American Mayor of Chicago. Quentin also served in the Washington administration.
Quentin has led an incredible life as an activist for social, economic and healthcare justice. We've had eleven shoots with him and his friends including Timuel Black, Professor (emeritus), City College of Chicago, and Dr. Claudia Fegan, executive medical officer for Stroger Cook County Hospital.
Quentin's story is an inspiring one. We believe it needs to be shared, especially now. Quentin recently finished his autobiography and also celebrated his 90th birthday on September 5th. The official celebration at Chicago's Union Station Grand Hall, Sunday, September 29th, expects to draw a large crowd of legislators, activists, fellow doctors and medical professionals and friends.
We will be there to film every moment.
Dr. Young's story deserves a full length documentary, but we won't be able to do it without your help. The funds we raise will cover expenses such as travel, acquiring archival footage and stills, production gear, audio equipment and editing software, just to mention a few of the necessities to continue producing this important film.
When we first started covering healthcare seven years ago, we met the most amazing, courageous and generous people. Quentin has always been one of our favorites. As we've grown as videographers and individuals, we always gravitate back to Quentin.
We realize we have a long learning curve ahead of us. Acquiring, and learning new equipment and editing software, as well as navigating the world of film distribution are just a few of the challenges, but our talents and vision have allowed us to solve problems creatively. We also have a great support group of fellow filmmakers, activists and artists to call on for advice.
A fair amount of money raised will be devoted to researching and acquiring rights to stills and footage of Dr. Young's amazing career. We hope our budget will allow us access to the historic media we know is available but not widely known.
We've grown quite fond of the good doctor and we know that when you get to know him better his story and his endearing optimism will truly make you feel better.
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