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Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. 

After routine hip surgery leaves his mother in a coma, comedy director Steve Burrows embarks on an epic, ten-year battle with a deeply flawed healthcare system that’s primed to deny, defend and cover up.

What begins as a loving son’s video diary transforms into personal family conflicts, undercover interviews and chilling court testimony – even going perilously under cover  -- to seek justice and get to the truth.

BLEED OUT is a bittersweet cautionary tale that is part medical mystery, legal thriller and investigative exposé, ultimately revealing the devastating toll a profit-driven healthcare industry has on an American family.


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The Filmmakers

Steve Burrows Director

Steve Burrows is a comedic storyteller.

This award-winning writer/director/performer has been reinventing stereotypes and challenging expectations in film, television, commercials and theatre for over two decades. His original voice - coupled with his edgy, character-driven humor - has made his work a favorite around the world, where his range in comedy is as diverse as the locations of his shoots - London, Rome, Tokyo, Bangkok, South Africa and Milwaukee, Wisconsin to name a few.

After graduating from The University of Wisconsin, Burrows began his career in Chicago joining Second City Director Del Close as a member of the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking improvisational comedy group, Baron's Barracudas.

He then moved behind the camera, relocating to Los Angeles and making his first film, The Soldier of Fortune - a short about his actual appearance and subsequent humiliation on The Wheel of Fortune game show. The film went on to win a slew of festival awards. From there, Burrows became a writer and performer for the famed comedy troupe, The Groundlings, leading to stints on everything from Seinfeld to America's Funniest Home Videos to over 200 TV spots - including a litany of appearances on the Super Bowl.

After writing an original screenplay for 20th Century Fox, Burrows made his directorial feature film debut with Chump Change, bowing at the prestigious AFI Film Festival to rave reviews. It then played to sellout crowds at the HBO Comedy Fest in Aspen, winning the Audience Award / Best Feature. It is there Miramax Films acquired Chump Change for distribution.

Burrows then went on to win over 75 awards for writing/directing television commercials on over five continents - including the Cannes Lion, a plethora of Addy and Telly awards - not to mention the New York Festivals Grand Gold for the iconic Accuserv "Paper Tray" - a spot which now resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Currently working on several feature film projects, including a comedy and a drama, Bleed Out is Burrows first feature documentary.

Ilan Arboleda Producer

Ilan is the producer and co-founder of CreativeChaos vmg.  His latest film, This Changes Everything will be in theaters this summer.  At the company, he has been the primary producer on the award-winning films, Casting By (HBO, Netflix), Thank You For Your Service (GATHR, Hulu, Amazon), Bleed Out (HBO), and Davi’s Way.  In addition to his duties as the primary producer, Ilan oversees all creative development, business development, finance and operations for the company.  He was also a producer on the breakout hit film, Kedi, one of the highest grossing foreign language documentaries of all time.  

Ilan was previously COO and Executive Vice-­President for three years at Go Go Luckey Entertainment, a television production company with more than two dozen series and hundreds of hours of programming on networks both in the US and abroad. There, he also oversaw strategy, digital content, international sales, and the film division. 

From 2003 to 2009, Ilan was the managing director at Cinapse, where he developed funds, slate funds, and produced one-off films in the US and in several other countries.  In 2005, Ilan was a co-founder of Dynamo Capital, which today is Colombia’s largest finance and production company.    
Ilan’s films have appeared in over 50 film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Miami and New York and have been released in over 60 countries around the world.  He holds a degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Tom Donahue Producer

Donahue’s latest film as director is This Changes Everything, an investigation of systemic gender discrimination in Hollywood (including interviews with Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Cate Blanchett, Taraji Henson, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and many others).  The documentary received much critical acclaim film earning descriptors such as "searing" (Washington Post) and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018. It will be released in theaters in the first half of 2019 by Good Deed Entertainment. Donahue’s Thank You For Your Service ("Gut wrenching... important" - The New York Times) examines the failed mental health policy in the military with interviews including General David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General Loree Sutton.  It premiered at DOC NYC in November 2015, was released theatrically by Gathr in 2016 and acquired by Hulu in 2018. In 2014, Donahue’s Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary Casting By was hailed as one of the Top Five Documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review and hailed as “Outstanding” by Leonard Maltin.  That year, it also won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary of the Year from the National Alliance of Women in Media. 

His other directorial works include the darkly comic documentaries, Davi's Way (“a raw portrait of the underside of the entertainment industry.” -Movie Guide) and Guest of Cindy Sherman (“A work of art” -Variety; 5 Stars -Time Out) for the Sundance Channel.  His work as producer include the recent HBO documentary, Bleed Out (“Brutal, unmissable viewing” -Paste Magazine), and critically acclaimed projects such as Man Push Cart (Official Selection - Sundance 2006 and Venice 2006), Nick Sandow’s Ponies (New York Times Critics Pick) and the feature documentary, Highway Courtesans (Official Selection - International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam and SxSW). In 2003, Donahue produced and edited Alfredo de Villa’s acclaimed debut feature, Washington Heights, winner of five Best Picture awards at festivals worldwide. He also has extensive experience as a creator, producer, director and editor in television and is a founding partner of the New York-based production company, CreativeChaos vmg. He holds a degree in Film Directing from SUNY Purchase College in New York.  


BLEED OUT recognized by the Los Angeles Press Club!


BLEED OUT won Best Feature Documentary and placed second for Best Medical/Health Reporting. See the full list of winners here.

Judges’ comment: "BLEED OUT is absolutely mind-blowing. It is one of those documentaries you can’t stop thinking about once you’ve seen it. Great story telling and informational about the current state of health care."

Congratulations to director Steve Burrows and the entire BLEED OUT team!



Don't miss BLEED OUT tonight at on HBO!

Festivals & Awards



WORLD PREMIERE - Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US. Comedic director Steve Burrows’s mom is a victim of this sloppy medical system when a routine hip replacement surgery lands her in a coma with permanent brain damage. Seeking justice, her son takes on the Goliath of corporate medicine in this legal drama meets medical mystery. Bleed Out is a cautionary tale about the future of our healthcare system.

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[A] sobering investigative documentary.”

-The New York Times

Brightened by rueful humor ... BLEED OUT is required viewing at a time when the future of health care looks dark indeed.”

-Boston Globe

Brutal, unmissable.”

-Paste Magazine

A deep dark dive into the heart of America's health care system.”


Outreach Resources

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value-based purchasing.


Patient Safety Action Network

PSAN is a coalition of individuals and organizations consisting of patients who have been medically harmed, their loved ones, and concerned advocates. The group focuses solely on and with patients to raise awareness and to create accountability, transparency and safer healthcare.


Center for Patient Partnerships

Part of the University of Wisconsin Schools of Law, Medicine & Public Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy, the center educates graduate students and working professionals in health advocacy; provides free advocacy services to anyone with a serious or life-threatening illness, regardless of income or residence; conducts research on advocacy’s impact and promotion of best practices; and seeks to enhance the capacity of patients to influence health policy and the responsiveness of the health care system to consumers’ experiences.


National Patient Advocate Foundation

The National Patient Advocate Foundation, the advocacy affiliate of the Patient Advocate Foundation, seeks to articulate the stories of individuals and the collective needs of the community. The group works to promote access to affordable, quality health care for people with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illnesses.


Patients Rising

This group seeks to fight for access to vital therapies and services for patients with life-threatening and chronic diseases. If a patient needs it to survive and live a better quality, more productive life – the group believes access to those treatments and creating a balanced dialogue in the national conversation around these issues is essential.


The Institute for Healthcare Improvement | Patient Safety

This independent not-for-profit organization that works with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to achieve safe and effective health care. IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change, identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals, and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.