SouthArts Film Series: Pushing Dead

(270) 904-5000
416 East Main St | Bowling Green, KY 42101
Location: Capitol Arts Center
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September 12, 2017

Location: 416 East Main St, Capitol Arts Center, KY

Phone: (270) 904-5000

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Price: FREE

Film screening is free and open to the public as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers presented by several local sponsors.

Film running time: 1:50:24

Directed by Tom E. Brown

Dan is a struggling writer and has been HIV-positive for over 20 years. After depositing a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his insurance plan for earning too much. In this new era of “sort-of” universal healthcare, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy or come up with $3,000 a month to buy his meds on his own?

Filmmaker Statement:

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, I started writing the AIDS film that I was craving a film without IV bags and skin lesions. I wanted to make a different kind of AIDS movie, a comedy in which nobody dies. I’ve been positive for most of my life, so many people assume this story is about me. Although its not autobiographical, I do have the inside scoop, and its hard to resist tossing in some of those personal HIV experiences. The most important experience I wanted to share was my relationship with AIDS. At some point I started thinking of this thing between AIDS and me as a marriage. It becomes a part of you, you make peace, you get hitched, and you push forward.

The healthcare system in the US has improved in recent years, but much like the lead character in PUSHING DEAD, huge numbers of low-income people across the country are still forced at times to pay thousands of dollars for their meds or go without. And with current threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the film is more topical than ever.

PUSHING DEAD is much more than an AIDS flick. It’s a picture about how we cope with the bad stuff, our

need for support systems, and the hunt for a mate. When I was watching those AIDS films with characters dying, what I really wanted to see was a movie about real, funny people living and dealing with big problems—my wife left me, I have AIDS, I’m in love with a stuffed animal—so that’s what I wrote. – Tom E. Brown, Director




SouthArts Film Series: Pushing Dead