Rouge Wave made their big screen debut Friday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival with the documentary D tour; the heartfelt story of drummer Pat Spurgeon’s struggle with his kidneys failure in the midst of Rouge Waves’ increasing popularity.
The documentary chronicles Pat’s decision to achieve his life-long dreams by continuing to tour with Rouge Wave in spite of daily dialysis, the search for an organ donor and the issues with the health care system as a touring musician. Though Pat’s story is presented in chronological order, beginning before he began dialysis for the second time in his life up until the bittersweet end of his journey, the twists and turns, shocking revelations and selfless compassion will have you walking away with a greater appreciation for the ones you love and a desire to assist those you may not even know.
D tour highlights live performances from the 2006 benefit concert for Pat held at The Independent in San Francisco (which featured Ben Gibbard, Nada Surf, Ryan Miller, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers and Rouge Wave.) The film’s intention, much like the objective of the benefit concert, is to raise awareness regarding the importance of organ donation.
D tour will have two more showings at the Kabuki Theater during SFIFF: today at 3:15 P.M. and May 7th at 5:15 P.M.