CLBR Seg 2: Ryan McGarry, Director of Code Black


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Best Documentary winner at Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, as well as the Audience AwardWinner at both Denver Starz Film Festival and Aspen FilmFest.  (More Info)

Critics Hail Code Black

One of the best documentaries I have ever seen, a jaw dropping look inside the birthplace of the modern Emergency Room. Deftly balanced out by problems with the healthcare system, challenges from moving from an old exempt ER to a Modern Non Exempt  facility, all held together by the journey of a group of 4thyear residents.  

Chris Hill, Cinema Assassins

Code Black” is a special documentary with unprecedented access to the ER, depicting a truly amazing place that we hope we may never have to visit. The personal stories of the doctors who work there add layers of emotion, meaning and investment to this portrait. While tracing their journey through this ER, “Code Black” manages to encapsulate so much of what is wrong with our health care system, but also to point out what’s right, and to posit an attitude shift not just about health care but about how we as a society treat those around us who are in pain or suffering. A heartbreaking but hopeful message within this important film.

Katie Walsh, The Playlist

Working in an emergency room, where patients might be all but stacked on top of one another, the ability to zero in on crucial patient information, to extract essentials in order to make prioritizing assessments for treatment, can literally mean the difference between life or death.  Director Ryan McGarry, who was senior resident physician at L.A. County Hospital when he made this absorbing documentary about its famed emergency room, brings that same skill set to his debut film.

Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

The Filmmaker

Ryan McGarry is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and a physician at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and the director of the feature-length documentary CODE BLACK. The film is a first-person reflection of McGarry’s own training at the Los Angeles County General Hospital, the birthplace of emergency medicine. McGarry spent five years in production on CODE BLACK while simultaneously working the 24/7 schedule of a young doctor in training—an especially sleepless approach to first-time filmmaking. He studied English at The Pennsylvania State University and received his medical degree at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a decision inspired in part by his experience as a stage IV cancer patient while in college. He is currently developing fiction, scripted projects for both film and television.



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