Barney Frank’s improbable journey, “Compared to What?” debuts on Showtime

Barney Frank is the subject of a Showtime documentary.

Barney Frank is the subject of a Showtime documentary.

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is an intimate, rollicking and entertaining look behind-the-scenes at the boy who was born Barnett Frank. The documentary covers the public and private life of one of America’s greatest and, at times, controversial legislators, and is set to premiere on SHOWTIME® on Friday, October 23rd at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, on-air, on demand and over the internet. Born in New Jersey and a favorite politician in Massachusetts, he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013.

I’m used to being in the minority. I’m a left-handed gay Jew. I’ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.” – Barney Frank

Combining 40 years of rare and archival material with verité footage and interviews shot over several years, the documentary, which premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows the wildly outspoken Frank from the halls of Congress to the streets of Boston, to the side of his loving partner, Jim Ready, as he takes his vows and becomes the first member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage, and as he prepares for retirement. Frank’s longtime friends and colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senator Alan Simpson, former U.S. Congressman Mike Oxley, commentator Mike Barnicle, and more recall Frank’s incredible, decades-long run as a leader on the world political stage.

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is executive produced by Alec Baldwin, Geralyn Dreyfous and Jamie Wolf, co-executive produced by Donna and Michael Weinholtz and directed and produced by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler.

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