by Nick Tate
January 11, 2014
Dr. Neal Baer has worn many hats in his long and storied career. The Harvard-trained physician has done star turns as an author, filmmaker, TV writer, and — perhaps most notably — as executive producer of the hit medical drama “ER,” as well as “Law & Order: SVU,” and the CBS series “Under the Dome.”
Now Baer is turning his focus — and camera lens — on a topic close to his heart: The social and economic struggles facing small-town America.
In a new documentary, “If You Build It,” he takes a look at an inspiring community development project in rural North Carolina’s poorest county that spotlights the difficult socio-economic issues at the center of many American’s lives.
He tells Newsmax TV that the film, directed by Patrick Creadon and co-produced by Baer and Christine O’Malley, offers a hopeful vision for a new kind of public education system in which students learn the skills necessary to design their own futures and give back to their own needy communities.