Independent Lens: D Tour

Independent Lens: D Tour

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Rogue Wave members (l-r) Gram Le Bron, Evan Farrell, Pat Spurgeon and Zach Rogue, circa 2006.

Credit: Andrew Paynter/ITVS

The journey of an indie rock musician suffering from kidney failure.

D Tour is a most unusual music documentary. Combining a band road trip with a personal quest for an organ donor, the film follows the journey of Pat Spurgeon, a talented indie rock musician on the rise, whose life becomes consumed with the care and feeding of his failing kidney. Spurgeon, a previous kidney transplant recipient, is part of the organ donor / recipient community, a special group whose lives become entwined in life and death. On one side are those whose lives are saved through tragedy or by an incredible gift from a living donor; on the other are the families of the donors, who are offered a chance for hope and bitterserrt resolution for their loss. Filled with unexpected twists and joys and osrrows of life D Tour , directed by Jim Granato, premieres Tuesday, November 10 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11).

Pat Spurgeon is an integral part of the indie pop band Rogue Wave, whose three critically acclaimed albums and performances worldwide have earned them a growing fan base. As the film begins, Spurgeon is embarking on tour, an exhausting prospect even for healthy musicians, but almost impossible for someone coping with dialysis, dietary restrictions and the search for a living donor match. While his choice to keep touring and working towards the band's goals is put to the test, Spurgeon continues to deal with his challenges in a straightforward and matter-of-fact way. D Tour also addresses issues within the U.S. healthcare system, including the lack of affordable insurance, the importance of organ donation, andmuch more. Featuring live performances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers and of course Rogue Wave.