Upcoming ‘Patrick Lives On’ Film Fest Will Be ‘Best Ever’
NBC crew members and an internationally renowned photographer are among the filmmakers screening shorts during the sixth annual Patrick Lives On Film Showcase, March 11 at Resolution Studios. They will join a lineup of fresh and seasoned talent to make the event’s sixth annual run one of the most unique celebrations in the Chicago film community.
Patrick Lives On combines indie spirit with industry expertise. Besides featuring dozens of great films, there will be beer, wine, food and a raffle. Founded by Chicago PD Script Supervisor Patricia Frontain — whose feature-length directorial debut will be the Lifetime movie Twisted Sister on March 24 — the evening is also intended “to share our work and our love and our passion for telling stories.”
“This year is our sixth festival, and the word seems to be getting out because we had a record number of submissions,” says Frontain. “It was very difficult for our team of judges to pick, but we have a great assortment — drama, comedy, stop motion, documentaries, PSAs and a proof of concept. There will be 18 different film makers presenting their works and it will be our best ever!”
Frontain launched the fest after losing her son, Patrick, to an act of senseless violence. Transforming her grief into action, she created a non-profit to help at-risk teens while spreading the film festival’s motto: Be Strong. Use Words. Not Violence.
Patrick Lives On submissions were reviewed by a panel of “seasoned veterans as well as people who just like movies.” Open to anyone from the Chicago film community, the entries were allowed to represent any genre but could not contain gratuitous gun violence.
Patrick Lives On takes place March 11 at Resolution Studios, 2226 W. Walnut St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.
Directed by Patricia Frontain, ‘Rip’ will screen at the Patrick Lives On Film Showcase
HIGH FIDELITY AVA FUMAROLO
When a teenage record shop employee is forced to figure out her plans for the night, she calls back to past heartbreaks while expressing her love for music.
BANANAFESTO MIA WICKLUND
Meet the artists of Banana Bike Brigade in this 12-minute doc as they create joy expressing their mission, “Play for Peace.”
DEATH SAVE JAYME COVELIERS
A group of friends attempt to figure out the way forward after the loss of a fellow adventurer.
CRAWDAD JESS MYERS RIGONI
The story of a guy who risks it all to be the superhero of his own design. Fantasy eclipses reality and he dons a crawfish costume to help the homeless, even at the risk of his safety and derailing his relationship with his girlfriend Phoebe.
I WISH YOU COULD HAVE MET MY CHILD SANDRO MILLER
Gun violence PSA.
THE NELL KARON HAMLET
A coming of age story based in the early 80’s about competitive male athletes, a competitive female athlete and the bonds they form on the block and within their community.
FRASER SYNDROME & ME KYLE ANNE GRENDYS
An autobiographical doc about living with a rare disorder called Fraser Syndrome, commonly characterized by partial webbing of the fingers and toes, kidney irregularities, partial or complete fusion of the eyelid, and ear deformities. The filmmaker, born in 1993, was the 75th documented person with the disorder. Today there are around 270, six of whom appear in the film, along with a German genetic specialist who helped discover the gene. “I set out to make the movie my parents needed when I was born, and I’m proud to say I have,” says Grendys.
RIP SYLVIE SADARNAC
When nightmares start impinging on her reality, a fragile woman must fight her inner demons to save her decades-long marriage to a doting but manipulative husband.
DINNER IN HYDE PARK JONATHAN SILVER
A Chicago writer invites younger versions of himself for dinner, but he is deeply confounded by his ex-girlfriend’s attendance and the interruption of a surprise proposal.
MASTERPIECES RONAN MORRISEY
A dedicated team of roofers, consisting of three men and three women, fight to keep the historic and rare art of slate roofing alive as they navigate the challenges of the trade through intense labor and safety.
SOUND OF SILENCE SANDRO MILLER
Gun violence PSA.
PLEASANTRIES — “I LIKE YOUR COMPANY” ANDY MARKANTONATOS
A collection of animated music videos and skits made for the filmmaker’s band, Pleasantries. The “wild” variation of tone, execution and themes include humor, 3D animation, a bit of darkness and mixed media using live action and stop motion claymation.
KAD (KOREAN ADOPTEE) KATHARIN MRAZ
A day-in-the-life, coming-of-age story about Kate Davison, a Korean Adoptee.
JOE ETHAN ROGERS
A stop-motion short about an old clown who is given a second lease on life when a young street urchin shows him the light during the height of the Great Depression.
IN THIS TUNNEL OF LOVE DANIEL HARRIS
A young couple navigates a tunnel of love.
CLOSET TIM TROY
A microshort about a little girl with a “monster” in her closet.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT MELISSA KONG
After her father’s death, a woman in intensive therapy for debilitating contamination OCD must confront his death and her OCD with a totally normal, not weird at all, therapy exercise.
OH BABY MEGHANN ARTES
Miracle, science and luck all play a part in this vibrant and fantastic imagining of how life begins.
DOMINOS PATRICK LIVES ON
The Domino Effect…cause and reaction.
Panavision/Light Iron ($20,000 Value)
Keslow ($10,000 Value)
PRG ($10,000 Value)
IFA Indepedant Film Alliance
Midwest Film Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center
Rachel Todd Artwork
Wines for Humanity
DONORS IN KIND
A to B Rentals
Buona Italian Beef
The Embassy Security Group
Illuminated Brew Works