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.

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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