Producer, Director, Director of Photography & Editor

In December 2011, I directed, edited, and produced a feature film titled Four Nights in December, capturing the essence of an independent rock band, Trebuchet, as they recorded a live album. This project was a testament to the DIY ethos, pushing the boundaries of what we had at our disposal to create compelling art. Without the luxury of a fancy recording studio, we utilized a loft, basic lights, cameras, and our imaginations to produce a film that offers a raw and intimate glimpse into the hearts and minds of Trebuchet, an underground rock band from Denton, Texas, and the community that supports them.

  • Production Leadership: Over the course of four days, I meticulously managed the live-action recording sessions, conducted interviews, and oversaw all aspects of post-production editing. This involved coordinating the filming process to ensure that every moment captured reflected the authentic energy and passion of the band.
  • DIY Approach: What sets this film apart is its fundamental reliance on the DIY ideal. We maximized the potential of our resources, capturing the band's live performances and interactions in an unadorned setting. This approach highlighted the raw and genuine nature of the band's music and their creative process.
  • Narrative Development: The film not only documents the band's recording sessions but also delves into their personal stories and the dynamics of their musical journey. The narrative structure was designed to provide viewers with an immersive experience, allowing them to feel the band's passion and dedication.
  • Post-Production Excellence: I handled the editing process with a focus on maintaining the film's authenticity. By integrating live-action footage with insightful interviews, I ensured that the final product was a cohesive and engaging portrayal of Trebuchet's artistic journey.
  • Impact: Four Nights in December is more than just a music documentary; it is a celebration of creativity, perseverance, and the power of community. The film captures the essence of an emerging rock band and the spirit of DIY artistry, offering viewers an intimate look at the making of a live album in a unique and unpolished setting.


Official Selection
Thin Line Film Fest

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Director, Producer, Director of Photography & Editor - Patrick Flaherty
Sound Editor - Dustin Fleming
Sound Recordist - Chris Galt
Sound Mixer - Kim Rosen
Cameraman - Charlotte Golden
Lighting Director - Marcus Junius Laws

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