It’s not often you’ll hear a movie about HIV/AIDS labeled a “comedy.” But this post is here to change all that.
Last night, Living Room and Out on Film cohosted Georgia’s premiere screening of Pushing Dead, a film with over 15 years of development under its belt.
In an interview with Atlanta’s own WABE City Lights with Lois Reitzes, Director Tom E. Brown, a long-term survivor himself, said that he wanted to make an AIDS film about living, not about dying. In fact, when he submitted the film for Sundance Institute, he said it was the first AIDS-related they had seen that didn’t involve the main character dying.
Out on Film’s Jim Farmer (left) stands with Lois Reitzes and Tom E. Brown
After depositing a $100 birthday check, Dan Schauble (played by James Roday) is dropped from his health plan for making too much money and must figure out how to come up with $3000 a month to afford his HIV medication. Through hilarious and unapologetic storytelling, Pushing Dead effectively tackles issues of self-esteem, friendship, the sometimes hair-pulling experience of navigating healthcare, and the lingering presence HIV/AIDS stigma decades after the initial outbreak.
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the film, and support Living Room and Out on Film!