Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"ten minutes is two hours" streaming now...

The short-form documentary I directed, ten minutes is two hours (shot in South Sudan), has been chosen as an official entry in the OneCloudFest Film Festival. You can view the complete movie here.

as the festival writes on their site:
"Centered on cultural exploitation in South Sudan, this fascinating documentary uses experimental and arthouse techniques that blaze new trails for the doc format. You really have to see director Patrick Kennelly's unique vision for yourself."

next up we'll be playing at the National Constitution Center as part of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival at the end of the month!

UPDATES: ten minutes is two hours became a finalist for OneCloudFest's Best Video of 2013, and has gone on to play a dozen festivals and events internationally, most recently at the San Diego Black Film Festival in early February 2014.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"swirling and chaotic, yet contained..."

VCR i destroyed editing the video for Clipping.

Some more great notices for the Clipping. Live video I created can be found here, here and here.

from Ad Hoc: "In the new nearly twenty-five minute long film, director Patrick Kennelly showcases clipping.'s ability to seamlessly intertwine abrasive noisemaking and Diggs' effortlessly flowing rhymes, all through a sheen of visible static and jumpy cuts. Kennelly is also successful in capturing the aesthetic of clipping.'s jarring beats. The film is reminiscent of Midcity's swirling album art: swirling and chaotic, yet contained. And like the album art, the black and white film speaks to the dual nature of the music, a simple and effective combination of noise and rhymes."

from The Organ 'zine: “While the reception to clipping.’s debut album ‘midcity' has been exceptional, most still have not gotten the chance to see the band live. How does such an extreme, yet calculated combination of rap and harsh noise exactly come across live? Well, besides a series of clipping. tours beginning this May, people can now find out via a 20 min live film just dropped by director Patrick Kennelly. It was filmed on a half dozen cameras, and edited to feel much like the dissonance of the clipping. album (including the use of literally smashing a vhs player with a hammer during playback to get distortion effects from the footage). The performance is austere, letting the sounds build in energy over the course of the performance. In the noise world they call it a slow burner. A performance that lures you in, making you think everything is safe. But before you realize it, the chaos has begun.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

Clipping. LIVE

Premiere of the live performance video I produced, directed and edited for noise-rap act Clipping. on Potholes in My Blog, which writes:

"The Patrick Kennelly-directed video looks like it was ripped from a moldy VHS tape scooped up at your neighborhood flea market. In other words, it’s brilliantly edited and matches the vibe of (Clipping.'s) Midcity (album) perfectly."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D presents the mini action movie “Sudden Death” for Maxi Wild’s new electro-punk single. A simultaneous homage to the physical comedies of the silent era and direct-to-video action movies of the 1980s, director/co-producer/editor Kennelly has crafted what he calls a “domestic violence dramedy” that “flirts with the surreal and contains a cornocopia of disparate stylistic and thematic influences, including Laurel & Hardy, Ingmar Bergman, Vincent Gallo, Albert Pyun, Abbas Kiarostami, and Michael Bay.”

Monday, March 18, 2013

"Sudden Death" teaser

Teaser for my mini action movie “Sudden Death” for Maxi Wild’s new electro-punk single.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

PATTY:THE REVIVAL receives 5 L.A. Weekly Theater Award nominations

PATTY: THE REVIVAL, which premiered in May 2012 @ Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA, was nominated this past week for five 2013 L.A. Weekly Theater Awards:

"Best Musical"
Creator, Producer, Director - Patrick Kennelly
Producer, Presenter - Highways Performance Space 

"Original Music" 
Music: Jonathan Snipes with Kristin Erickson 
Lyrics: Daveed Diggs, Sigrid Gilmer, Kristin Erickson, Patrick Kennelly and Jonathan Snipes 

"Musical Ensemble" 
Verity Branco / Nikki Bohm / Heather Cadarette / Blythe Evans
Maya Gingery / Elaine Hammel / Emma Hawley / Elizabeth Hayhurst
Chelsey Rae Holland / Devin Holliman / Amber Morse / Jasmine Orpilla
Pamela Stark / Stephanie Tucker / Justine Woodford 

Marina Magalhaes 

"Costume Design" 
Pilar Macchione

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ten minutes is two hours TRAILER

ten minutes is two hours (subtitled “Voyages Dans جنوب السودان”), a documentary video shot in South Sudan, is both a work of and a commentary upon cultural exploitation. It is a cinematic” recreation of a journey through a land plagued by the ghosts of colonialism and the present anxiety of conflicting religious and political agendas - both of which can often seem one and the same.  Evoking a surreal sense of place, both very present and very distant, the video depicts the hazy lines between notions of “foreign aid” “missionary practice” and “colonialism,” and shows the ways history has of recycling itself. The essayistic, experimental nature of the work is inspired by the politically charged silent-era montage of Dovzhenko, Vertov, and Eisenstein and the later impressionistic film and video works of Marker and Godard.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Sudden Death" music video SHOOT

RAW frame grabs from the music video I wrote & directed for Maxi Wild a few weeks back. Trailer premiering soon. These images show off the inestimable work of dp Ben Conley.