Pushing Dead

Institute History


Dan is a struggling writer who lives paycheck to paycheck, working the door at a small San Francisco nightclub. Although he's been HIV positive for over fifteen years, most of Dan's problems aren't physical—his psyche is more of an issue than his T-cells. When the great State of California suspends his medical coverage, and his two-thousand-dollar-a-month combo of multi-colored, multi-tasking AIDS drugs are cut off, the daily grind and psychodrama get just a little more confusing.

Keeping the pharmaceutical cocktail in his life isn't Dan's only preoccupation. Dan's desire to find a man is always on his mind. The dreaded AIDS discussion, however, is enough to keep him far away from the dating scene. Not that he's the only one with relationship problems; Dan's boss, Bob, is a surly senior who's trying to adjust to the single life after his wife of fifty-five years tossed him out of the house, while Dan's best friend, Paula, is building a meaningful, if desperate, relationship with a stuffed animal.

PUSHING DEAD offers an insider's view of one man's life with AIDS. From the hilariously offbeat to the painfully banal, the triumphs and the struggles of battling America's number one virus are explored in this film about being strengthened by a challenge, not weakened by a disease.

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