Jul 09 - Jul 11, 2010
(Jim Granato, 2009, USA, DigiBeta, 99 min)
Director Jim Granato in attendance Friday-Sunday
*Please note musician Pat Spurgeon can no longer attend but will be Skyped in for Q&A
Pat Spurgeon is founder, drummer and (with his cartoonish afro) most recognizable member of the Oakland–based indie rock band Rogue Wave. He's charismatic, funny, big-hearted…and has only one kidney, which is failing. Pat’s search for a new organ (he’s on a six-year waiting list) and his inspiring ability to balance health and work form the center of Jim Granato’s remarkable documentary. Despite battling ongoing kidney issues, Pat wants to gig—it’s all he’s ever wanted—so the band hits the road on what they dub their D(ialysis) Tour.
Interweaving interviews with Pat’s band and family members, as well as footage from a benefit concert (with Rogue Wave, Nada Surf, John Vanderslice and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie), the film is a unique travelogue raising issues of friendship, self-preservation, identity, health care, indie rock and, most notably, organ donation.
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