Pushing Dead Will Be Screened at Bailey Hall on January 18

Acclaimed film was postponed from its original date due to Hurricane Irma

Davie, Fla. (January 3, 2018) – Bailey Hall has announced that The Bailey Hall Film Series screening of Pushing Dead will take place on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, the film was originally to be shown in September and was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

"Pushing Dead is a wonderful black comedy that was slated to open the film series and now it serves as a dynamic return after the holidays," said Dr. Dan Barnard, Broward College associate dean of cultural affairs and director of Bailey Hall.

Billed as an AIDS comedy, Pushing Dead follows a struggling writer who has been HIV-positive for over 20 years and loses his insurance after a $100 birthday check puts him over the income limit. Now he must take on the bureaucracy or come up with $3,000 a month to buy his meds. The film features James Roday, of the hit TV series Psych, with Danny Glover, Robin Weigert, Khandi Alexander and Tom Riley.

Director Tom E. Brown will engage the audience in a post-screening discussion via Skype about the film and his work.

"I wanted to make a different kind of AIDS movie, a comedy—in which nobody dies," said Brown, who was diagnosed as HIV+ in 1985.  "Pushing Dead is much more than an AIDS flick. It's a picture about how we cope with the bad stuff, our need for support systems, and the hunt for a mate."

Named one of the "25 New Faces of Indie Film" by Filmmaker Magazine, Brown attended the Sundance Institute's Screenwriters and Directors Labs to workshop Pushing Dead and was the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for this pioneering project.

The Bailey Hall Film Series is presented in the Bailey Hall Jazz Club format, offering a more intimate experience in which the audience sits on the stage for an 'up close and personal' interaction with the filmmaker. Ticket holders receive a complimentary beverage to enjoy during the film to add to the casual lounge atmosphere.

The trailer for Pushing Dead is available at http://www.baileyhall.org/events/pushing-dead-film-2017/.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Bailey Hall Film Series continues with DEEJ (Feb. 15); Purple Dreams, (March 15) and Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (April 12).

Tickets to Pushing Dead are $10 and student and senior discounts are also available. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting www.baileyhall.org or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour prior to an event. 

The flagship venue of Broward College, Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking.

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