COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK will premiere as part of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Alec Baldwin has signed on as executive producer for the highly anticipated and controversial documentary COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK making its world premiere on April 27, 2014 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.  This is Mr. Baldwin’s latest film having recently produced ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME.

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible “bare all” access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.

The cast includes Barney Frank, Jim Ready, Hank Paulson, Mike Barnicle, Lance Black, Nancy Pelosi, Alan Simpson, Eliot Spitzer, Steve Elmendorf, Norm Ornstein, Spencer Bachus, Bethany McLean, Bill Press, Hastings Wyman, Charlie Halpern, Mike Oxley, Neil Barofsky, Maxine Waters, Jim Segel.

Baldwin says, “Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine. His legacy in Congress–and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman–is important for our country.”

In 2009, Baldwin also stated: “Many Americans today forget that the role of the legislative branch is to make laws. The laws that stop abuses of power. The laws that enable men to live free. The people we send to the Hill today, what passes for leadership in America now, are easier to identify as partisan assassins, like the ruffian on a hockey team. You are more clear about what they are against, as opposed to for. Barney Frank is, perhaps, one of the best examples of what a great legislator is today. Set aside your view of the policies themselves and keep your eye on who gets things done. On who sets out to do something ambitious and gets close.”

Directors and Producers Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler add: “Mr. Baldwin is a pleasure to work with and we are very fortunate to have him on board as we launch the film.

COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK is directed and produced by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler.  In addition to Baldwin, other Executive Producers include Geralyn Dreyfous and Jamie Wolf and will premiere at the SVA Theater (333 W 23rd Street) on Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 pm.