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 of Rogue Wave, 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. D TOUR premieres on the PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, November 10 at 10PM (check local listings).
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, and much more. Featuring live performances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers, and of course, Rogue Wave.