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  • Drummer Pat Spurgeon is an up-and-coming rock star  when his only kidney begins to disintegrate

    Drummer Pat Spurgeon is an up-and-coming rock star when his only kidney begins to disintegrate

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  • Pat’s daily dialysis regimen requires vigilance about germs and some creative problem-solving.

    Pat’s daily dialysis regimen requires vigilance about germs and some creative problem-solving.

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  • Jill Nielsen-Farrell and her family explain her decision to volunteer to be a living donor for Pat.

    Jill Nielsen-Farrell and her family explain her decision to volunteer to be a living donor for Pat.

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  • Pat gets an opportunity to meet the family of the young man whose kidney Pat received.

    Pat gets an opportunity to meet the family of the young man whose kidney Pat received.

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  • Pat has never had traditional health insurance.

    Pat has never had traditional health insurance.

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  • Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon

    Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon

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  • Pat Spurgeon warms up at Rogue Wave's rehearsal space in West Oakland, CA

    Pat Spurgeon warms up at Rogue Wave's rehearsal space in West Oakland, CA

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  • Pat Spurgeon sanitizes his hands before performing dialysis on himself

    Pat Spurgeon sanitizes his hands before performing dialysis on himself

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  • Rogue Wave circa 2006: Gram Le Bron, Evan Farrell, Pat Spurgeon, Zach Rogue

    Rogue Wave circa 2006: Gram Le Bron, Evan Farrell, Pat Spurgeon, Zach Rogue

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  • Pat Spurgeon performs dialysis on himself backstage

    Pat Spurgeon performs dialysis on himself backstage

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  • Rogue Wave bassist Evan Farrell

    Rogue Wave bassist Evan Farrell

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  • Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard performs at a benefit concert for Pat Spurgeon

    Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard performs at a benefit concert for Pat Spurgeon

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The Film

Pat Spurgeon is a drummer with Rogue Wave, an indie rock band that’s toured the world and released several critically acclaimed albums. He’s passionate about his career as a professional musician, and he’s determined to not let anything stand in the way — not even a serious medical condition. Pat was born with just one kidney, which began deteriorating when he was in junior high school. He received a kidney transplant, but just as Rogue Wave starts to take off, that kidney begins to fail. D Tour follows Pat’s search for a living organ donor and the myriad challenges associated with finding a viable match.

Dialysis again becomes part of Pat’s daily regimen, and the band must adjust its travel arrangements with a focus on his health. With so much time devoted to “doing a D,” or dialysis, Pat begins referring to the band’s tour as the “D tour.” But dialysis does not cure kidney disease, and Pat is put on the national registry list to receive a donor kidney.

Featuring live performances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers, and Rogue Wave, D Tour chronicles Pat’s experience coping with his condition, and his fierce resolve to go on with a “normal” life despite living with an uncertain future.

The Filmmaker

  1. Jim GranatoDirector

Jim Granato is a self-taught filmmaker who originally hails from Bloomington, Indiana. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996, he has produced and directed several short films, screening both locally and worldwide. In addition, Granato has received many credits on a variety of independent film and television productions. Among some of these are award-winning documentary features including Taggart Siegel’s The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005), Michael Jacobs’s Audience of One (2007), and Dori Berinstein’s Some Assembly Required (2008). D Tour is Granato’s first feature film as director and producer.