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Run Time: 111 minutes
Dan has a price on his head, thanks to a birthday check from mom. It put his checking balance over his permitted limit by $70. Now his insurance has canceled his drug coverage and he cannot refill his HIV medications. Without them he may die. This is a comedy. Yes, you read that right. PUSHING DEAD takes a crazy mix of friendships, strange relationships, and the horrors of computerized medical systems and blends them into a subversive and upbeat cinematic smoothie. Dan and his adopted family are people you will grow to love. Using savage wit and striking originality, this film gleefully ignores all the accepted conventions of how to deal with HIV. It will make you angry, maybe even cry, but mostly it will make you smile. As Dan and company fumble through their various challenges, some unexpectedly wonderful things happen for them (and the audience). Sometimes the harder life is, the harder you laugh. PUSHING DEAD will push you into feeling empowered and very glad to be alive. —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 4:30 PM
American Independents Competition
Tom E. Brown
Tom E. Brown was born in 1967 in Stamford, Connecticut. He started making films at the age of ten with his dad's 8mm camera. His work has been featured at the American Museum of National History and the Guggenheim and has been televised on PBS, Bravo, and IFC. He was named one of "the 25 New Faces of Indie Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. PUSHING DEAD won Audience Awards at the 2016 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the 2016 Reel Pride Film Festival, and the 2016 Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.
PUSHING DEAD (2016)
Chris Martin, Richard LaGravenese, Eyde Belasco, Jim Bloom, Ian Reinhard
Tom E. Brown
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