2020 Newsletters

Winter 2020

NEW BEGINNINGS

These certainly are some crazy times. In the midst of all the confusion and pain, we continue to share a bit of light.  Like the rest of the world, we have been laying low, resting and restructuring.

We have some new faces on our team with some fresh energy, which is a perfect way to begin 2021.  We have interesting ideas for future fundraisers and are working on expanding the Patrick Boswell Courage Award, and the production of our next short film.

MARCH 8 – 14 / THE SPIRIT OF CHICAGO 8 | STRONG FEMALE LEAD

Chicago Filmmakers presents Strong Female Lead, the eighth edition of “The Spirit of Chicago”, a virtual screening series featuring work by local filmmakers. Led by unapologetic, carefree, naive, and ambitious female characters in different stages of their lives, the films in this collection feature outstanding performances that capture the many complexities of women and womanhood. Streaming Monday, March 8th to Sunday, March 14th. Suggested donation; a portion of the proceeds will benefit filmmakers in the program.

Film News

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, our Annual Film Festival is postponed until 2022.  

Plans are in the works to produce our next short film UNKNOWING this Summer.

Our Short Films are now available for rent or purchase. Both LIGHT and THE FOLLOWER continue to help people and have gained an international audience with buyers from Norway, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Bolivia, and the good ole USA!

They can be found on our website for all to rent or purchase for a nominal donation. 

If we can not have Patrick here with us….the next best thing is helping people in his honor and spreading our message of hope throughout the world!

Fall 2020

RADIOTHON

Thank you to all our generous donors, sponsors, and WCGO, for making our 1st Radiothon a success, which took the place of our Annual Variety Show.

We raised funds for the Patrick Boswell Courage Awards, and $200 for each of these local Food Pantries … Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Pantry, Niles Township Food Pantry, Maine Township Food Pantry, and Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.

FILM NEWS

“The Patrick Lives On Collective” has been born. Our educational and inspirational short films are available to rent or purchase with donation fees directly supporting the Patrick Boswell Courage Award, and distribution to Counseling Centers, Detention Centers, etc.

Filming for our next short entitled “UNKNOWING” was scheduled to film in May 2020,  has been postponed until the Spring of 2021. It will star two One Chicago Actors and is about the manipulation of young men’s minds … as they are lured into gangs.  This film is for young men who have already joined a gang or are already in jail, to help them see how they were manipulated at a young age, and as a result, made some bad choices, but that there is always time to turn things around.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity to view these short impactful films to help us help others. 

PARTNERS

Our  “Partner” Event with Midwest Film Festival takes place at Chi-Town Movies 2343 N. Throop in Chicago on October 21st at 5:30 PM.  A great line up with ten short films followed up with Q&A with the Chicago Filmmakers. 

Hope to see you there!

Summer 2020

Wow! What a difference a few months can make! Our Spring Newsletter found us celebrating our March Film Festival and thanking our Donors and Supporters. Four months have passed and it seems like a different planet.

Like most of the world, we have been following the CDC Guidelines and have stayed at home as much as possible. This time has allowed us ample opportunity to quietly reevaluate our nonprofit and its mission of aiding the children of Chicagoland.  

Our burning need to help these children has strengthened. They need us even more now! It breaks our hearts to think of all the children stuck at home, without any activities to keep them occupied…possibly being lured into gangs and violence.

We are resolved to doing everything possible to offer children opportunities to participate in after school activities and Summer Camps. So when this world opens up again, we will be here for them!

WATCH “LIGHT “THIS WEEK!

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS! SAVE THE DATE – JULY 13th

Patrick Lives On is excited to share that Chicago Filmmakers is hosting its first edition of the “Spirit of Chicago,” a new series of works by local filmmakers including “Light” by our own Patricia Frontain.

Join us during these challenging times to virtually screen selected narrative, documentary, and experimental works. This first edition of Spirit of Chicago will be available for online viewing starting on Monday, July 13 followed by a Q&A with the Directors ( including Patricia)  on Friday, July 18 at 8:00 pm.

UPCOMING FILM PROJECTS…

Our next short entitled “UNKNOWNING” was scheduled to shoot the first weekend in May. It is about how Angel, a young gang member, finds himself accused of murder… a murder he did not commit. His gang’s manipulation of his young mind has his world turned upside down as he struggles to understand why he has been put in this dangerous position.

It is intense, edgy, gritty, and nothing like anything we have produced so far. It is necessary and important and must be made. Its’ target audience is young men who are already in gangs, juvenile detention centers and prisons. 

We have an incredible cast attached to this project, including some amazing One Chicago Actors. We plan to shoot this year, but of course will wait until it is safe. As a result of the delay, the short will not be ready for our 5th Annual Film Festival next March……but that is okay. It will be ready for the 6th Annual Film Festival!!!! 

N THE NEWS…….

The Patrick Boswell Courage Award continues to thrive in the northwest suburbs.  At this time we have decided to keep this program in Patrick’s home town of Des Plaines, where three Des Plaines Middle Schools participate in the award.

The award was established to encourage and reward 8th-grade students who resist gangs, guns, and violence and are positive role models to their peers.

The award was established to encourage and reward 8th-grade students who resist gangs, guns, and violence, and are positive role models to their peers.

This award honors the memory of Patrick and provides financial support to foster “acts of courage” among middle school students. Students vote for an 8th-grade student who exemplifies positive, productive behavior. It takes courage to say no to guns and gangs and violence. It takes courage to be kind and empathetic to your peers. It takes courage to stand up to bullies and treat people the way you want to be treated. Positive behavior needs to be encouraged, commended and rewarded!

Help us celebrate our 2020 Winners!

  • Chippewa Middle School – Ethan Mattson 
  • Algonquin Middle School – Alondra Zarco Monge 
  • Iroquois Community School – Bianca Noonan and Jason Salazar 

Each student receives a gift certificate valued at $500! The funds will be used to assist the students in participating in the after school activity of their choice. The award has enabled past recipients to participate in music lessons, sports, and Summer Camps.

Congratulations to these special students!!

Spring 2020

ANOTHER BANNER EVENT!

Our 4th Annual film showcase held March 7th at Resolution Studios featured inspirational non-violent themed shorts from Chicago’s talented and growing film community.  Thanks to all our generous supporters and volunteers we raised $27,000 to continue supporting area youth with access to after-school activities and camps.