New Doc Follows Barney Frank's Final Days In Congress

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One of the most talked-about films premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this weekend features former Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.

"Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" follows the Newton Democrat, the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as gay.

Documentary filmmakers Shelia Canavan and Michael Chandler say when they arrived in Washington to begin filming in 2012, they were struck by the demeanor of Rep. Frank, who was then in his final term:

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