Pat Heywood (25) grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2013, he graduated from Emerson College, where he studied Film and Television. During that time, he interned at NBC, BBC, and was nominated to partake in the prestigious Writers Guild of America East Mentorship Program. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and works full time at two production companies: SMUGGLER (Commercial/Music Video/Film/Television/Theatre) and Here Be Dragons (Virtual Reality). When he’s not thinking about film, Pat enjoys traveling, biking, photography, and dancing like nobody’s watching (they usually aren’t).
Pat is also one half of a directing duo with Jamil McGinnis. They met while briefly working at Saatchi & Saatchi New York.
Their debut film, THINGS I CARRY INTO THE WORLD, was the opener for the seventh season of Motionpoems—a nonprofit that turns poetry into films. The concept was to make a film about four teenage poets growing up in NYC’s five boroughs, exploring their personalities, burdens, and lives through their own creative works. The film is a non-conventional art film, weaving juxtaposed imagery to create a mood and an exploration of burden and hope. The intention behind the film was to look into hardships many people are forced to deal with; circumstances that arise because of gender or skin color, highlighting the real, everyday side of these experiences (as opposed to sensationalizing the well-documented media headlines.
They raised the funds for the film through a grassroots Kickstarter campaign, which was backed by some high profile agency and production folks. They shot the film over the course of four days in the summer of 2016. THING I CARRY INTO THE WORLD premiered at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN on October 27, 2016, and was also screening at Playa Studios in Los Angeles, CA on January 11, 2017. The film was picked up as a NOWNESS premiere, and featured on websites such as Designcollector, Blavity, Poets & Writers, Shots, Moving Poems, and SHOOT Online. The film is currently making its way through the film festival circuit.
They are currently editing and finishing four more short films that will be released in the coming months.