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A man desperate to escape the impending end of his relationship, ventures out on an impulsive journey through the vast southern california landscape.

Featuring Music by Grammy Nominated artist, James Bay.

* WINNER: "The James Bay Film Project" (Republic Records/Talenthouse)

  • Patrick Lawrence
    The Solipsist, The Stakes
  • Nate Townsend
    The Lipinski, Under the Grove, The Painter
  • Oliver Reed
    The Lipinski
  • Mattie Bennett
  • Patrick Lawrence
    The Solipsist
  • Kyle Krupinski
    The Solipsist, Under the Grove
  • Luka Fisher
  • Craig Hamilton
    Key Cast
  • Shannon Hollander
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Miles
    Key Cast
  • Lyndsey Sondker
    Key Cast
    Under the Grove
  • Addison Scott
    Key Cast
  • Tim O'Leary
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Relationship, Romance, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • BFI Future Film Festival
    London, England
    United Kingdom
    February 21, 2016
    World Premiere
    Winner: James Bay Film Project
  • SXSW Music Conference
    Austin, TX
    United States
    March 16, 2016
    Republic Records Screening
  • St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    July 17, 2016
    U.S. Theatrical Premiere
  • Lincoln Film Festival
    Lincoln, IL
    United States
    October 15, 2016
    Illinois Premiere
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    November 4, 2016
Director Biography - Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence is a Los Angeles based Director and Editor, originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a graduate of the Film and Media Studies department at University of Missouri-St. Louis (Summa Cum Laude). In July 2014, his short film "The Solipsist" won "Best Narrative Film" at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and was invited to the 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival. He is also an award winning Editor for his short film, "The Stakes." As a music video director, he has worked with acts such as Tear Out The Heart (Victory Records) and The X Factor's CeCe Frey.

Most recently, Patrick has served as Lead Editor on three feature films: “Marshall’s Miracle” (2015), “Grandmother’s Murder Club” (2016), and “No Good Heroes” (2016), as well the short films: “Affections” (2016 Sundance Film Festival), and “Parallel Chords.”

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Director Statement

"Lionheart" is a film about love, loss, and redemption in the face of failure, all inspired by the beautiful music of Grammy nominated musician, James Bay.

In November of 2015, I was commissioned by Republic Records and Talenthouse to make a short film based on James' album "Chaos and the Calm." I immediately downloaded the record and listened to it on repeat during a flight from St. Louis to Los Angeles. What transpired, was a rush of emotion and deep rooted memories, that transported me back to a time in my life where I was at my lowest - dealing with one of the most brutal break ups of my entire life.

I decided to take these very real moments in time and adapt them into a failed music video concept that I had written for a different artist only months prior. The result was the story of "Lionheart," about a man ("Charlie") who is staring in the face of the end of a relationship and makes a most selfish decision to walk away, before it gets too late. Upon his journey, he begins writing to his now lost love, hoping to someday return to her as a better man and collecting these thoughts in a jar that he totes on his back.

The concept won the approval of James Bay himself, and he contacted me personally to help sculpt what became the final plot of the film. James is/was fascinated with the landscapes of North America that he normally can only see from his passing tour bus, and wanted to see it photographed beautifully on screen. So, it became my mission to seek out some of the various landscapes in Southern California that can all be accessed within an hour of any direction of the surrounding Los Angeles area and make them our primary locations for telling this story.

While "Lionheart" is not a traditional narrative by any means (it is 1 part Music Video, 1 Part Short Film and 1 Part Experimental), it is meant to capture moments in time, both in memory and reality. It is a brutal reminder that not every question has an answer, and not every relationship delivers on a satisfying ending.