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directed by Tom Brown
“AIDS” and “comedy” are seldom two words one expects to belong together. But San Francisco-based director Tom Brown and his dedicated cast and crew have pulled it off with PUSHING DEAD, a quirky look at disjointed lives and the daily struggle for survival we all go through.
Dan Schauble (James Roday, Psych), an HIV-positive writer, struggles to get access to his medication because of a ludicrous roadblock in the pharmacy system that would enrage even the most patient person. Equally frustrating is the rejection Dan’s status elicits in the dating world. His roommate Paula (Emmy nominee Robin Weigert, Deadwood) is experiencing an absence of intimacy herself, and so develops a strange connection with a stuffed monkey. Dan’s boss Bob (award-winning LETHAL WEAPON icon Danny Glover) is having unrelenting quarrels with his wife Dot (Khandi Alexander, Tremé). Dan’s increasingly surreal fight against the pharmacy’s red tape leaves him with no other option but to keep at it, while admirably remaining a support system for the people he loves. More than just an everyday comedy, PUSHING DEAD is a relatable drama about keeping it together and finding moments of magic wherever you can.
(Also, don’t miss director Tom Brown’s delightfully entertaining short comedy, TRADESMAN’S EXIT, playing in the BOYS SHORTS program.)
Guests in attendance
Centerpiece Pre-Screening Reception 7:00-8:00pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian (801 E. Pine St)
Copresented by POZ Seattle
Run time: 108 min.
Directed By: Tom Brown