An HIV-Positive Writer Takes On Healthcare Bureaucracy
“I can be miserable just as good as you can.”
In the dark ensemble comedy “Pushing Dead,” HIV-positive writer and bouncer Dan Schauble (James Roday) struggles to refill his drug prescriptions after a bureaucratic snafu drops him from his health plan. Schauble quietly panics that any disruption to his pharmaceutical regimen can have disastrous consequences for his health, but while he navigates the labyrinthine world of modern healthcare, the other people in his life suffer from their own personal trials and tribulations. His roommate Paula (Robin Weigert) is lonely and “afraid of everything” while his boss Bob (Danny Glover) has recently separated from his wife Dot (Khandi Alexander). Director Tom E. Brown takes on a cruel, absurdly structured medical system with a light touch and gentle humanity, capturing how people struggle and survive in this modern world, aided by an impressive cast and an authentic feel of San Francisco. Watch the trailer for the film above.
“Pushing Dead” is Tom E. Brown’s feature-length debut. He has previously directed five short films that have garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit. James Roday is best known for playing Shawn Spencer on the USA series “Psych,” and has also appeared in “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Beerfest,” and “Gamer.” Danny Glover is best known for playing Roger Murtagh in the “Lethal Weapon” series, as well as starring roles in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple,” Charles Burnett’s “To Sleep With Anger,” Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbums,” and more.
“Pushing Dead” will make its premiere at the 40th edition of Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. It will screen at the Castro Theater on June 18th at 6:30pm.