USA, 2008, 99 minutes
Fri, May 1 / 9:00 / Kabuki / DTOU01K
Mon, May 4 / 3:15 / Kabuki / DTOU04K
Thu, May 7 / 5:15 / Kabuki / DTOU07K
Pat Spurgeon is the drummer, the foundation and, with his cartoonish afro, the most recognizable member of the Oakland–based indie rock band Rogue Wave. A musician to the core, 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. Pat’s been battling kidney issues his whole life. As the film begins, he has a tube inserted in his stomach for twice-daily dialysis, a process that simulates kidney function. Dialysis now can be done just about anywhere, provided there’s a sterile environment—not exactly a guarantee for a touring musician. Nonetheless, Pat wants to gig—it’s all he’s ever wanted—and 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. Throughout, Pat’s coping ability is a thing to behold. Granato subtitles his documentary, “a rock ‘n’ roll film about life, death and bodily functions,” which, while true, doesn’t quite capture the urgency, desperation and raw emotion running throughout.
Presented in association with the California Transplant Donor Network and Noisepop. GGA Documentary Feature Contender. West Coast Premiere.