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Escape Fire


Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs – almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society.


  • The Village Voice
    "AN ELUCIDATING MUST SEE! The healthcare debate's An Inconvenient Truth."
    Anthony Kaufman
  • Variety
    "Likened to a raging forest inferno by the talented nonfiction team of Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke, the American health care system is diagnosed up one side and down the other—will stir the pulses of angry auds."
    Robert Koehler
  • New York Magazine
    "There are some genuinely harrowing moments, including a hair-raising journey on an Air Force plane transporting wounded soldiers. A SURPRISINGLY THOROUGH, TOUCHING LOOK AT A TOUGH SUBJECT."
    Jada Yuan, Bilge Ebiri
  • Sundance Festival
    "Destined to be hailed as THE DEFINITIVE FILM ON AMERICAN HEALTHCARE, ESCAPE FIRE offers a way out—a primer on how to save the health of a nation."
    David Courier, Senior Programmer
  • ICG Magazine
    "The reaction from the Sundance audience was SPONTANEOUS AND OVERWHELMING APPLAUSE, more like they were watching the next installment of Twilight than a thoughtfully made (yet visually compelling) documentary about America's broken medical establishment."
    David Geffner
  • Slate
    "While everyone knows health care is broken, the filmmakers go further, portraying health care itself as an out of control system, one which, if left unfixed, will burn until it consumes everything in its path."
    Tim Wu
  • All Things Documentary
    "Despite the immensity of the topic, the filmmakers offer viewers a clear and determined solutions-oriented approach that clarifies the institutional deficiencies in America's healthcare system and PROVIDES AN INSPIRATIONAL WAY FORWARD."
    Basil Tsiokos

Festival Participation

  • Full Frame Film Festival - 2012
    Human Rights Award Winner
  • Heartland Film Festival - 2012
    Crystal Heart Award Winner
  • Newport Beach Film Festival - 2012
    Achievement Award Winner
  • News & Documentary Emmy Awards - 2014
    Outstanding Science and Technology Programming Nominnee
  • Silverdocs Film Festival - 2012
    Social Issue Award Winner
  • Sundance Film Festival - 2012
    Grand Jury Prize Nominee

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