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Barney Frank documentary to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

An image from “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank.”

Michael Chandler

An image from “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank.”

Former congressman Barney Frank, of Newton, is the focus of the documentary “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” which will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. It was announced Monday that actor Alec Baldwin will participate in a discussion with Frank about his political career and retirement after the film’s April 27 screening.

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The film, by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, follows Frank’s political life as well as personal moments, including his high-profile same-sex marriage to Jim Ready in 2012.

Frank, a Democrat who served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1981-2013, was chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011) and a cosponsor of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, a reform of the financial industry. He was also the first person in Massachusetts to file gay rights legislation as a state representative in 1972.

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