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Steve Burrows, HBO check into American health care with “Bleed Out”

Filmmaker and comedian Steve Burrows investigates the state of the American health care system in Bleed Out, debuting on HBO later this month. The film was born out of a personal ...
December 10, 2018

Filmmaker and comedian Steve Burrows investigates the state of the American health care system in Bleed Out, debuting on HBO later this month.

The film was born out of a personal video diary Burrows (pictured) began when his mother had a partial hip replacement that left her in a coma with permanent brain damage. From there, it became a citizen’s investigation into health care provision, shot over 10 years and featuring archival footage, vérité scenes and interviews with family members and experts, including Dr. Marty Makary, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.

After questioning whether his 69-year-old mother had received adequate treatment after a fall from her bicycle, Burrows, with his family, sued for malpractice.

The film explores not only the family’s struggles, but also the lawsuit and broader context of American health care at a time when heated debates about health care provision dominate the political arena.

Bleed Out is an HBO Documentary Films presentation, produced by Creative Chaos and The Burrows of Hollywood, in association with Impact Partners. It was written and directed by Steve Burrows with Ilan Arboleda, Steve Burrows and Tom Donahue serving as producers. Executive producers are Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn Dreyfous and Steve Edwards, with co-producers Margo Burrows and Jessicya Materano. Nancy Abraham and Sheila Nevins serve as EPs for HBO.

Bleed Out airs Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO. It will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Watch the trailer below:

(Photo courtesy of HBO)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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