OLEAN, NY --  “Now Is the Time,” a movie explaining what a single-payer health care system entails and why many people regard it as the cheapest and most effective way to deliver medical care in the United States, will be the first showing in a four-part summer film series launched by the Citizens Action Network of Southwestern NY. The series aims to address issues at the heart of American social and political life. 

“Now Is the Time” will be presented on Thursday at 7 p.m.in the African American Center for Cultural Development (formerly Showers United Methodist Church), 1801 W. State St. A trailer for the film can be found online. 

Following the film, respondents Tim Finan, president and CEO of Olean General Hospital and Upper Allegheny Health System,  Dan Strauch, CEO of Olean Medical Group,and Athena Godet-Calogeras, chairperson of the Health Care Access Coalition, will speak briefly about the potential benefits and problems of a single-payer health care system and then answer questions from the audience. 

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The series is free and open to the public, though an opportunity will be provided for audience members to contribute toward the cost of the film if they wish.  The film is co-sponsored by the Health Care Access Coalition.

The other three films in the series will be shown at two-week intervals after the first one.  The second one will focus on the environment, the third on voting rights, and the fourth on Syrian refugees.  Details about these films will be announced later.

For more information about the film series, contact Chris Stanley at 716-372-4232 or cstanley@sbu.edu.  To learn more about the Citizens Action Network, visit their Facebook page.  

Please note: The center is not handicapped accessible. Parking is available on the street.