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UW Grad Makes HBO Filmmaker Debut: Stephen Burrows

Feb. 13, 2019
Category: Career

On December 17th, I had the extreme privilege to have a documentary film I have been working on for 10 years be produced by and subsequently debut on HBO. Shot largely in Wisconsin, the film was a labor of love, with the hopes that its existence would help make healthcare safer and more accountable for all of us in the United States.

The reaction to the film thus far has been overwhelming, with support and interest from doctors, nurses, patients, hospitals, medical schools and law schools, to name a few.

Below is the film synopsis for Bleed Out from HBO:
“In 2009, comedian and filmmaker Steve Burrows’ mother, Judie, went in for a routine hip surgery and came out in a coma with permanent brain damage. Questioning whether Judie received adequate care in surgery and in the hospital’s ‘virtual’ ICU unit, Burrows and his family eventually decided to pursue justice and accountability.

Bleed Out is his harrowing, eye-opening account of the ten years that followed – an endless cycle of medical bills, emergency-room visits and insurance-company red tape. What starts as a son’s personal video diary becomes a citizen’s investigation into the current state of American health care, in which Burrows discovers that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Bleed Out is a cautionary tale that uses one family’s story to underscore deep flaws within America’s current healthcare system and highlights ways the problems could be fixed.”

Links for the one minute trailer are below:

https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/bleed-out

https://medium.com/hbo-cinemax-pr/bleed-out-debuts-monday-dec-17-on-hbo-c7866883437b

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