Pat Spurgeon is a talented and professional musician who works hard to be where he is today. As a multi-instrumentalist, Pat is an integral part of the indie pop band Rogue Wave. They have performed all over the world increasing their fan base with every tour and offering three critically-acclaimed albums and several singles.
Pat has every reason to be excited about his band’s accomplishments, as well as their exciting future. In addition to giving the band everything he’s got, Pat has had to deal with kidney failure and the parameters that have been set for him by his situation.
This is nothing new to Pat, as he’s been dealing with his pre-existing condition most of his life. After the success of his first kidney transplant 13 years ago, the kidney started to fail just as Rogue Wave started to take off.
The upcoming feature documentary, D tour, will chronicle Pat’s search for a living organ donor and the challenges associated with finding a viable match. Pat’s choice to keep touring and working toward the band’s goals is put to the test; the absolute need to perform dialysis daily and to focus on his health became top priority while being on the road. D tour will also address issues with the health care system, the lack of affordable insurance, the importance of organ donation, plus much more.
Featuring live performances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, Ryan Miller, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers, and of course Rogue Wave.
Jim Granato – Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Co-Editor
Jim Granato has directed and produced several short films and music videos. He collaborated with San Francisco’s punk rock artists, The Bobbyteens for their 1999 cult hit documentary, Rock-n-Roll Show, also directing the music video, Hot City Boy. The 2002 Downstream International Film Festival awarded him the best music video award for Carbon Copies, featuring the music of Brando. His most recent short documentary film, Vivid Dreams (2007) has been playing film festivals worldwide for the past year. As cinematographer and sound recordist Jim Granato has been involved with several independent feature film productions such as past festival favorites Stuck (2003), Mango Kiss (2004), and Revolution Summer (2007). In addition, he’s worked on awardwinning documentary features including Taggart Siegel’s The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005), Michael Jacobs’ Audience of One (2007) and Dori Berenstein’s Some Assembly Required (2008). D Tour is his first feature film as director and producer.
Richard Levien – Editor
Richard Levien has a PhD in theoretical physics from Princeton University, but has found his real passion in film. He is a professional freelance film and video editor, specializing in independent narrative and documentary films. Two such films, Working Title, a feature length documentary directed by John Givens, and Darryl Henriques Is In Show Business, a short documentary directed by William Farley, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2006. Mr. Levien edited the cult internet hit Store Wars, which was seen by 5.5 million people in the first 6 weeks of its release. Recently he edited and did motion graphics for the short film “On the Assassination of the President” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. It went on to win a Golden Gate award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Prix DeVarti for “funniest film in the festival” at the 2008 Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Richard Levien was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1968. He enjoys a good cup of tea and follows the (mostly ill) fate of the New Zealand cricket team. He is one of the few New Zealanders who played no part whatsoever in the making of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, despite being a long time admirer of director Peter Jackson.
Adam Farrell – Associate Producer, Marketing Manager
Adam Farrell is a ten-year veteran of the music and advertising agency worlds. While still in his teens, the first concert he ever promoted was Belly and he took Tanya Donelly to see the airplane graveyard in Tucson, Arizona. Coming full circle, Adam now oversees the marketing for Beggars Group, which includes posh indie labels like Matador Records, XL Recordings, 4AD, and Rough Trade. He is fortunate enough to have worked with some of his favorite artists like Sigur Rós, Cat Power, Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend and Blonde Redhead.
Prior to joining Beggars, Adam was the director of marketing for Badman Recording Co., an independent record label based in San Francisco best known for slow rock and being bad drunks. In a previous life, Adam worked with Zach from Rogue Wave at an advertising agency and has been a long-time supporter of the band. D tour serves as his first outing as an Associate Producer.
Jennifer McGehee – Adviser, Research, Interviewee
Jennifer McGehee has been the Public Affairs Coordinator for the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) since June 2002. CTDN is the link between deceased patients in the hospitals that could become donors and patients on the national waiting list for transplants. We are there to support the family and honor their wishes and that of the donor. The Public/Community Affairs Department educates the public with the goal of predisposing them to say “yes” to organ and tissue donation. This is done both through public education in the communities and donor awareness campaigns with the media.
Jennifer is a member of Donate Life California (DLC), which is administered collectively by the four California Organ Procurement Organizations (CTDN, One Legacy, Golden State and Life Sharing). DLC is responsible for launching donateLIFEcalifornia.org, the California statewide organ and tissue donor registry. She is also a member of Donate Life America, the national organization that assists in mobilizing the transplant community to educate the American public on the need for donation and motivating the public to make an actionable donor designation (sign up in a donor registry).
Megan Shaughnessy – Adviser, Research, Interviewee
Megan Shaughnessy has worked for five years at the California Transplant Donor Network and is currently the Quality Specialist/Placement Supervisor. She and her department specialize in organ allocation and in upholding the national organ sharing policies within the United States. Megan is a Certified Professional Transplant Coordinator, a HRSA Transplant Collaborative National Improvement Leader and a member of the American Society of Transplantation. She has spoken as Faculty at the Stanford Center for Education and serves at the Chairperson of the CTDN Liver Subcommittee. Megan is also lucky enough to be a liver transplant recipient and is grateful to her donor and all donors and donor families generous enough to make the ultimate gift.
Jim Granato – autonomy16 (at) hotmail.com