‘Patrick’ directed by Adam Swain Ferguson: Based on true events
Patrick directed by Adam Swain Ferguson is a unique short film, which also happens to be based on a true story. Ferguson describes his desire to make the film by saying, “I was compelled to direct “Patrick” because of my personal connection to true events that inspired the film; and as the basis for the protagonist, David.
While Patrick is the titular role, the film largely reflects on David’s journey as an introverted young man that struggles with his sexual identity in the wake of love, loss and a humiliating betrayal.”
The movie is about a charismatic mortician who finds love when he meets David – a shy southern boy attending his grandfather’s funeral. Their brief romance is cut short when Patrick’s old flame tries to rekindle a relationship, and a crowded house party quickly turns violent. Emotionally shattered, David must confront his feelings of betrayal and loss, while also learning to accept his sexual identity and reconcile it with his family’s faith.
Ferguson continues to describe the film and its importance, “When David begins to develop feelings for a vivacious funeral director named Patrick, he must eventually learn to accept a part of himself that he kept concealed for most of his life. As someone who struggled with my identity growing up gay in conservative small-town America, it felt incredibly natural to tell my own fateful story through David’s eyes.
“The best thing about directing Patrick was having the opportunity [to] grow with David; we observe his character evolve from a timid twenty-something suppressing his identity, into someone that is self-realized and empowered. Through love and bereavement, David is able to overcome a profound tragedy, accept himself, and learn to reject the status quo.”
About the director
Adam Swain Ferguson is originally from North Carolina and has always loved film, but wasn’t always aware it was his calling. He experienced success in several different fields including law, real estate, and retail management before leaving them to head on his current path to pursue a career in the film industry.
Once he moved to the greater Los Angeles area, he began working on several independent film projects; first as an actor, but he soon found himself behind the scenes as a script supervisor, props manager, and eventually a director.
It was these experiences which influenced him to return to school to pursue his true passion. Concurrently, he launched the production company, FFS Films with his long-time friend, creative collaborator, and now business partner – Caitlin Williams.
Adam is currently working toward his B.S. in Entertainment Business at the Los Angeles Film School. His depth and range of experiences across several industries afford him a unique perspective which serves to inform his current work as an aspiring producer, writer, and director.