Pushing Dead

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Pushing Dead: award wins at FilmOut San Diego

Still no date for the theatrical or DVD release of Pushing Dead yet, but the film continues to do well at various film festivals around the world. Congratulations are in order, as yesterday Pushing Dead won a number of awards at FilmOut in San Diego, including the jury award for best narrative feature!

Fans can next catch Pushing Dead at the Damn These Heels film festival in Utah on July 16th 2017.

When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy or come up with $3000 a month to buy meds on his own?

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Pushing Dead: utterly delightful and brilliantly funny comedy

US fans in Ohio can get the chance to see Pushing Dead in a second film festival there in April - Columbus International Film Festival, while a screening in Atlanta at Living Room and Out On Film has been announced for May 1st.

The Independent included Pushing Dead in its 'best of' list at this year's BFI Flare Festival. Certainly, the audience at the screening I was at seemed to love the film - the on screen chemistry between Tom and James Roday as Mike and Dan in Pushing Dead, worth the price of admission alone.

Pushing Dead is a comedy about AIDS. Yes. Seriously. And it’s utterly hilarious. From the excellent Tom E. Brown, this utterly delightful and brilliantly funny comedy will have you laughing from the get-go, while simultaneously telling the story of living and finding love with HIV.

Pushing Dead: Tom Riley as Mike brings an understated performance

Pushing Dead continues with its many international festival screenings, and this coming weekend, will be shown twice at the BFI Flare festival in London. In advance of the festival, a lovely review for the film, and Tom's performance, has been shared on this website.

...Tom Riley as Mike, the man Dan crosses paths with so often it must be fated, brings an understated performance whose natural rapport with Roday provides much of the film’s heart.

Pushing Dead doesn’t always play out as expected. Don’t be put off by thinking it’s a ‘typical’ indie, there’s more than enough oddball narrative digressions to make it a bit different from usual fare. The cutaways, creepy young girl, and occasionally surreal moments allow the film to be all the more memorable and entertaining. A character over plot piece, Pushing Dead is warm, entertaining and, surprisingly, rather delightful. 

Pushing Dead: one of the funniest comedies made in a long time

As Pushing Dead screens at two Australian film festivals this month - Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Mardi Gras Film Festival, FilmInk shared a lovely review of the film. 

Illness is always the toughest subject to broach in film, especially if that film is a comedy and that illness is something as extreme as HIV. But every so often you capture lightning in a bottle: a brilliant first time writer-director (Tom E. Brown) will team up with an actor well-known for his deadpan comedic timing (James Roday), and, with an eccentric cast and a fresh take on a tough subject, things will just click, creating one of the funniest comedies made in a long time.

Dan Schauble (Roday) is a struggling writer in the San Francisco mission district who, after his mother sends him a $100 birthday check, no longer qualifies for full health care. That’s a bit of a problem, seeing as he’s HIV positive. With his medication running out and his career going nowhere fast, Dan must find a way to get his medication as he balances crazy friends, a new romance and the overwhelming weight of his disease.

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