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Southern Circuit Film “Not Going Quietly”

October 10, 2021 @ 12:00 am - October 13, 2021 @ 11:30 pm

Not Going Quietly

Not Going Quietly will be available for viewing online October 10-13, 2021. You must register on this page to view. A registration link will appear when it is available. There will be a recorded Q & A with the filmmaker after the screening.

Ady Barkan and his wife Rachael always said they were the luckiest people they knew. A rising star in political organizing and new father, Ady had his whole life in front of him. But four months after his son Carl is born, Ady is diagnosed with ALS, a deadly disease that will ultimately paralyze his entire body. As a result,  despairing at the loss of decades of happiness with his family, Ady decides to return to his roots as an activist. Traveling to protest a bill that will cut into the healthcare programs he needs to survive, Ady chances to meet a powerful Senator on an airplane. The conversation is captured on video, goes viral, and catapults him into the public eye.  

 As a result, capitalizing on the power of his new platform, Ady launches the Be A Hero campaign to fight for healthcare justice. Consequently, with a diverse group of activists he barnstorms across the country in a wheelchair-accessible RV, building a people-powered movement. Along the way they educate and empower others to use the tactic of bird dogging – confronting elected officials with emotional, personal stories intended to directly impact legislation.  

However,as Ady’s natural voice fades, his influence grows, transforming him into one of the most powerful activists in America. While he learns to wield his newfound power, he must also learn to adapt as a father and husband. Finally, as Ady nears the end of his life, he seeks to form a lasting bond with Carl, while also creating a better world for him to inherit. 


“A shot of pure inspiration…Not Going Quietly has a special power.”  – 

“An unusually moving political doc…a stirring tale of activism.” – Hollywood Reporter 

“A visceral of ode to the nature of activism under dire circumstances.” – Indiewire 

“Exudes the strength of an activist that can’t be taken away.” – Moveable Feast 

A heartbreaking story with humor, insight and action will resonate with anyone.” – Jimmy Kimmel in Vanity Fair 

“An essential guide to having an impact” – IndieWire 

Not Going Quietly Website

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. This screening is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


October 10, 2021 @ 12:00 am
October 13, 2021 @ 11:30 pm
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Clayton Center for the Arts


502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804 United States
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