Film screening is free and open to the public.
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?
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
This screening is a part of the 2017-2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The Capitol Arts Center/The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center is one of several community screening partners. Others include The Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Warren County Public Library, W.K.U. Cultural Arts Enhancement Series, Gallery 916, 440 Main, White Squirrel Brewery, and Susan and Chuck Webb.