By Don Simpson | October 20, 2009
Director: Jim Granato
Pat Spurgeon is a musician whose lifelong dream of being in a successful rock band is coming true with his band Rogue Wave. Unfortunately, just as Rogue Wave starts to take off, Spurgeon’s kidney (a transplant he received 13 years prior) begins to show signs of failing. As a career musician, Spurgeon is uninsured and has no “back-up plan.” Faced with twice a day dialysis and a search for a new kidney, Spurgeon simultaneously prepares to embark on a grueling tour with Rogue Wave because he does not want to forfeit his lifelong dream (and career). The tour is nicknamed the “D tour” because Spurgeon needs to get a “D” (for dialysis) fix twice a day. D Tour follows Spurgeon on his rocky and emotional quest for a matching kidney and overall health.
Produced, directed, shot and co-edited by Jim Granato D Tour deals with two seminal issues for the health and well-being of the world: the need of adequate and affordable health care for everyone and the importance of being an organ donor. We are reminded that most musicians, evenly the successful ones, are barely making ends meet financially – they can barely afford to eat healthy diets, let alone afford health care on their own (heck, most of them need to keep crappy day jobs just to keep up with their bills). Most people are also oblivious to the constant need for healthy organs. It is unbelievably sad how many people are on waiting lists for organs – and how many of those people die while waiting.
So, why don’t you become an organ donor? (If D Tour doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.) It’s just a little heart-shaped symbol on your driver’s license – you won’t ever need to do anything else until you are dead. At that point you are already dead, what do you care if someone borrows your organs so that they can live a longer and healthier life? When you die you could be saving several lives – that’s pretty amazing if you think about it! And then there are all of those living donors out there that deserve even more credit for their bravery and selflessness.
Needless to say this story can be a real tearjerker at time, but D Tour occasionally lightens things up by featuring live concert footage of Rogue Wave, as well as Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, Ryan Miller, John Vanderslice and The Moore Brothers.