Rogue of the Week: Sean Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, 06 April 2011 17:15 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Rogue of the Week: Sean Kirkpatrick

In Relativity Media's Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays a misanthropic writer who happens into a stash of a miraculous pharmaceutical called NZT.  The drug allows his mind to operate at full potential, with a total focus on his goal, allowing that goal to dictate his every action and propelling him inexorably toward unprecedented success.  Our current Rogue of the Week, Sean Kirkpatrick, made his feature directorial debut with such ferocity and persistence that we've occasionally wondered if he might have his own stash of NZT.

Kirkpatrick was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and after graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he moved to Los Angeles, working on various films over the course of two years.  In 2008, while toiling away in the film industry, Kirkpatrick began writing a screenplay entitled Cost of a Soul.  He had an idea, he had a plan, and he had the focus to execute that plan.

In 2009, he returned to Philadelphia where, using absolutely every avenue available to him, he scraped together the finances, a functional crew, and an ensemble cast to bring his script to life.  The resulting film explores criminality, familial bonds, violence, and moral compromise in a deteriorating North Philly neighborhood, as two wounded veterans of the Iraq War, played by Chris Kerson and Will Blagrove, return home to find that they've exchanged one war zone for another.

Kirkpatrick's passion project was an official selection at the 2010 Hollywood Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film Festival, San Antonio Film Festival, HBO NY International Latino Film Festival, and the Toronto Moving Image Film Festival.  Despite the accolades it received at these film fests, the uncompromising drama remained without formal distribution.

The tenacity and vision that Kirkpatrick consistently displayed in making his idea a reality resulted in a success even the writer-director-producer could not have anticipated.  His big break came, appropriately enough, via Rogue and AMC Independent's Big Break contest, which is designed to award a worthy, otherwise overlooked independent film with national theatrical distribution and promotion, courtesy of Rogue and AMC Theaters.  A panel of judges, including Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and actress Kate Bosworth, selected Cost of a Soul as the first ever Big Break winner.

Cost of a Soul will premiere in Sean Kirkpatrick's old stomping ground of Philadelphia this weekend.  Asked to give advice to aspiring filmmakers, Kirkpatrick responded, "As a struggling, up-and-coming director, you can't take 'no' for an answer, you have to do it.  You have to put your heart and soul into it.  You have to put your money into it.  You have to put your debt, your credit into it.  You have to put your car, your house, whatever it takes, you have to do it."

That sort of determination and focus raises our NZT-related suspicions.  That conviction and drive alone could have earned him a spot as the Rogue of the Week, but Kirkpatrick further typified the Rogue spirit, saying, "Be different, be creative.  Don't let anyone tell you what you should be doing.  Go and make the film that you know is the right film to make."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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