Dan’s (James Roday, USA Network’s PSYCH) a struggling HIV- positive writer. Having endured his boyfriend’s death, he’s avoided dating ever since. When he deposits a birthday check from his mother, he unwittingly kicks his measly bank account over the limit his insurance allows, and his coverage is dropped, not a good thing when his meds cost $3,000 a month. What follows is a quirky, macabre comedy. We follow frustrating trips to the pharmacy, battles with his health care rep, and frequent trips to his doctor. His life is mundane and a bit lonely. So we’re thrilled when he meets Mike, another HIV patient, and Dan finds the courage to introduce himself.
Robin Weigert (CONCUSSION) is Dan’s roommate Paula, the perpetually single massage therapist who adds another dimension of comedy and warmth. Danny Glover (LETHAL WEAPON) is Dan’s boss, Bob, owner of the struggling club where Dan hosts a weekly poetry slam that rarely draws an audience. Dan tries to fix Bob’s failing marriage to Dot (Khandi Alexander, TV’s CSI: MIAMI).
Pushing Dead is a statement about our broken health care system; but more than that, Dan’s struggles, realizations, lack of emotion, and then overflow of them, help us understand this is a film about heart and soul, and the lengths we go to in order to find both.