Record number of attendees at Patrick Lives On film showcase

The sixth annual Patrick Lives On film showcase attracted hundreds of supporters who gathered at Resolution Studios to enjoy an evening of food, film, and fundraising. Patrick Lives On has been holding the annual film showcase to raise funds in support of extracurricular activities for junior high and high school students in Chicago.

“I am proud to say that with the help of Resolution, Cinespace, and our other sponsors and donors, we have created an event like no other,” said Patricia Frontain, Founder and President of Patrick Lives On. “This year, we had a record number of submissions, representing a diverse collection of dramas, comedies, documentaries, stop motion animation, claymation, and even a proof of concept.”

Patricia added, “While honoring my son Patrick and all the victims of gun violence, the Chicago-area film community continues to support our mission by actively participating in an exhilarating networking event. It inspires me to help those less fortunate.”

Todd Freese, Senior Vice President of Resolution Production Group, was effusive: “Supporting this incredible organization is the easiest decision I have to make all year. I am always inspired by how Patrick Lives On calls on the talents of our film community to come together and make the world a better place.” He added, “We all want to help the cause but a lot of people don’t know where to start. This organization makes it possible to use our talents to make a difference.”

Michael Scott Jr, Director of Industry and Community Relations at Cinespace, echoed Resolution Studios’ sentiment and stated, “We love supporting events such as the film showcase. It is a testament to how tight-knit and generous the film community in Chicago is.”

This year’s sponsors were AICP Midwest, Alecko Capital, CineCity, Cinespace Chicago, Party Company, Rosie Gianforte, and Resolution Studios. 

Raffle sponsors were Boka Group, Camera Ambassador, Chicago Filmmakers, IFA Independent Film Alliance, Field Museum, Gene Siskel Film Center, Gibsons, Keslow, Kobbly Knits, Lynfred Winery, Midwest Film Festival, PRG, Noisefloor, One Chicago, Panavision/Light Iron, Rachel Todd Artwork, Wines for Humanity.

In-kind donations came from A to B Rentals, Blistex, Buona Beef, Eli’s Cheesecake, Embassy Security Group, Ferrara, Illuminated Brew Works, and Revolution Brewing.

Projects displayed on Resolution Studios’ first of its kind, giant LED screen, were in the following order: High Fidelity, Ava Fumarolo; Bananafesto, Mia Wicklund; Death Save, Jayme Coveliers; Crawdad,  Jess Myers Rigoni; I Wish You Could Have Met My Child, Sandro Miller; The Nell, Karon Hamlet, Fraser Syndrome & Me,  Kyle Anne Grendys, RIP,  Sylvie Sadarnac (directed by Patricia Frontain); Dinner in Hyde Park, Jonathan Silver;  Masterpieces, Ronan Morrissey & Bridget Johnson;  Sound of Silence Sandro Miller; Pleasantries – I like your company Andy Markantonatos; KAD (Korean Adoptee) Katharin Mraz; Joe, Ethan Rogers; In This Tunnel of Love, Daniel Harris; Closet Tim Troy;  Don’t Worry about It Melissa Kong;  Oh Baby, Meghann Artes.

Patrick Lives On was born in April 2016 out of Patricia Frontain’s grief, the grief of a mother who lost her 14-year old boy to gun violence, and who wanted to help at least one teen be saved and spare that teen’s family the agony she felt. The organization is a group of loving and determined citizens working together to keep Chicago-area youth safe and engaged. Patrick Lives On provides financial assistance to junior high and high school students for extracurricular activities enabling them to follow positive and productive paths in life. The Patrick Lives On message is distributed through the production of Public Service Announcements, anti-violence and inspirationally-themed short films, and charity events. Patrick Lives On is a 501( c ) 3 non-profit organization. Visit for additional information. 

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