Drama - Completed 2016

In this new era of sort-of health care, can a struggling HIV-infected writer, accidentally dropped from his health plan, take on a helpless bureaucracy or find another way to pay $3000 a month to buy his meds? A comedy.

& Awards

Austin 2016
FRameline 2016
Best Narrative Feature
Chicago IFF 2016
Orlando 2016
Best Director
Calgary IFF 2016
Best Narrative Feature
Palm Spring Fest. 2017
Newport 2017
Best Narrative Feature
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama, Comedy
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tom BROWN
    • Writer(s)
    • Tom BROWN
    • Producer(s)
    • Chris MARTIN (chrismatic film), Richard LAGRAVENESE, Jim BLOOM, Eyde BELASCO
    • Synopsis
    • Dan (JAMES RODAY) lives paycheck to paycheck, working the door at a San Francisco dive bar, promoting unpopular poetry slams. His life is stuck in the same place since the day he was diagnosed with HIV. Now positive for 22 years, Dan’s problems aren’t physical — his psyche is more of an issue than his T-cells. He longs for companionship, but dreading the inevitable “Hi I’m positive” talk, he has successfully avoided the dating scene.

      Not that he’s the only one with relationship problems. Dan’s nightclub-owning boss, Bob (DANNY GLOVER), is trying to adjust to the single life after his wife of 45 years, Dot (KHANDI ALEXANDER), tossed him out of the house. And Dan’s best friend, Paula (ROBIN WEIGERT), tired of one disappointing date after another finds life is easier with a stuffed animal.

      When the state suspends his medical coverage, and his expensive combo of multi-colored, multi-tasking AIDS drugs are cut off, the daily grind and constantly living 10 pills away from death every day gets just a little more nerve-wracking.

      While PUSHING DEAD offers an insider’s view of one man’s life with HIV, it’s also a universal story of people finding ways to love first, and then figuring out the details later. From the offbeat to the painfully banal, the struggles of coping with mortality are explored in a film about being strengthened by a challenge, not weakened by a disease.
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