Steve Burrows - Film - Writer, Director, Performer

Bleed Out - HBO Documentary Film by Steve Burrows

HBO Documentary Films

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BLEED OUT

A film by Steve Burrows


Bleed Out Film
 

After a routine partial hip replacement operation leaves his mother in a coma with permanent brain damage, what starts as a son's video diary becomes a citizen's investigation into the future of American health care.

Shot over the course of ten years, using archival footage, vérité scenes, undercover spy cams, courtroom testimony and interviews with family and experts, the award-winning, critically acclaimed BLEED OUT goes deep inside a flawed healthcare system.

Part medical mystery and legal thriller, part investigative journey and meditation on family, this harrowing personal story is a cautionary tale that reveals medical error is the third leading cause of death in America.

See the One Minute HBO Trailer!

hbo.com/documentaries/bleed-out



Available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and all HBO partner streaming platforms



WINNER "BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY" & "BEST MEDICAL REPORTING"
THE LOS ANGELES PRESS CLUB

""Bleed Out" is absolutely mind-blowing. Great storytelling!"


NEW YORK TIMES : CRITIC'S PICK
"Comedy director Steve Burrows' sobering investigative documentary"


BOSTON GLOBE
"Brightened by rueful humor, this Kafkaesque nightmare is required viewing"


MSNBC MORNING JOE
"'Bleed Out' is dramatic and universal... a vital story everyone will relate to"


NPR WEEKEND EDITION
"The film is a deep dark dive into the heart of America's health care system"


PASTE MAGAZINE
"HBO's 'Bleed Out' is brutal, unmissable viewing"


MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: FRONT PAGE
"Surgeon stands by 'goddamn sloppy medicine' comments in HBO Doc"


CINESOURCE
"A powerful clarion call for reform, accountability and transparency in America"


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LAW SCHOOL
"Extraordinary. Honesty, courage and intelligence meets vulnerability... irresistible"


CENTER FOR JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY
"Funny, tragic, entertaining and completely relatable""


NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL
"The film is excellent, poignantly portraying the emotional torture of brain damage"


NOW THIS NEWS
"An incredible, chilling documentary" (500,000+ views)


MEDSTAR INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY & SAFETY
"A profound documentary... eye-opening, a MUST-SEE. #WeStandWithJudie"


THE LEAPFROG GROUP
"Powerful, memorable, compelling... this film is going to make a real difference"


DOC NYC
"A provocative, enraging David vs. Goliath cautionary tale"


AIR AMERICA RADIO
"Absolutely blown away... an amazing story, amazingly well told"


BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR: NEW YORK METRO USA
"Life is messy, complicated and best told by the people who lived it. Enter 'Bleed Out'"
On the same list with 'RBG' and 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'


Bleed Out Movie Poster

Since its HBO debut, BLEED OUT has received tremendous press acclaim, noting the film's important cautionary tale and empowering call-to-action.

"'BLEED OUT' is required viewing at a time when the future of health care looks dark indeed," noted Peter Keough of The Boston Globe. The New York Times declared BLEED OUT a "critic's pick," calling it a "sobering investigative documentary." Critical kudos from NPR's Weekend Edition to USA Today to MSNBC's Morning Joe, etc. continue to pour in, emphasizing the social injustice and failed policies of American healthcare devastatingly presented in the film.

Public reaction has been overwhelming. Director Steve Burrows has personally received over 5000+ emotional letters of support and solidarity from doctors, nurses, medical professionals, attorneys, patients and families across America. These sacred letters could make a stone cry - each one a film in itself. Screenings have provoked standing ovations.

Dozens of hospitals, elite universities, medical, nursing and law schools have reached out, wanting to make BLEED OUT part of their teaching curriculum. Institutions like Temple University, University of Wisconsin, Marquette University, University of California/San Diego, Purdue University, SAFSU, MedStar Health, The New York Law School, etc.

Esteemed non-profit healthcare organizations like The Leapfrog Group, the Medicare Advisory Group, The Center for Patient Partnerships, SIDM, Mothers Against Medical Error and The Patient Safety Movement Foundation are forging partnerships with the filmmakers. The CEO of The Global Neurosciences Institute announced that BLEED OUT should be mandatory viewing at all of their hospitals for all of their employees!

The film was awarded "Best Feature Documentary" as well as second place for "Best Medical/Health Reporting" by a blue-ribbon panel of distinguished journalists at the prestigious Los Angeles Press Club, declaring "BLEED OUT is absolutely mind-blowing!"

Based on the incredible response from millions of viewers, HBO has submitted BLEED OUT for five Emmys for 'News & Documentary" with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Best Documentary, Best Investigation, Best Writing, Best Editing, Best Research).

Viewers are spontaneously petitioning Congress to watch BLEED OUT to force enactment of comprehensive legislation to protect the rights of all patients in America ("Judie's Law) - leading to screenings at several State Capitals, as well as in Washington D.C. A group of doctors and nurses staged a protest at the Lincoln Memorial. #WeStandWithJudie. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9445054/videoplayer/

The film has struck a deep nerve. The sense of urgency - palpable. A movement has begun.

BLEED OUT is a wake-up call-to-action for systemic medical reform - a match that has lit a fire of hope in the medical industrial complex. The truths uncovered are inspiring a local, state and national outcry to fix the healthcare system by changing laws, making policy to achieve full transparency and accountability in medicine, and improve patient safety.

As Dr. David B. Mayer of The MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety recently stated, "BLEED OUT is literally saving lives. How many films do that?"

Find out more about Bleed Out...


Steve Burrows - Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild - DGA - WGA - SAG

Steve Burrows - Writer, Director, Performer