New Castle News

October 15, 2013

City native’s web series lauded

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Filmmaker Patrick Lee has another critical success on his hands.

In 2009, the New Castle native  and his Chicago-based Quicklips Productions took first place in the Chicago 48 Hour Film Project with their silent short, “Gazillion Dollar Sausage.”

Now Quicklips has produced a web series — “Hank Frisco, Galaxy Defender” —  that has been accepted as one of 47 finalists in the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilion Competition. “Frisco” bested more than 3,000 entries to reach finalist status.

Fee and his company — which also includes Matt Kelley, Joe DeJulius and Scott Lynch — also are eligible to participate in Pitch Fest, where they can pitch television show ideas to networks such as IFC, MTV, Biography, Sundance and others for a chance at a development deal.

The New York Television Festival was founded in 2005 as the industry’s first creative festival for television artists. A pioneer of the “independent television” movement, the festival strives to construct new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. The Independent Pilot Competition is the festival’s flagship contest.

This year’s even runs from Oct. 21-26, and Fee’s web series will be screened Oct. 22 and 25. The selected episode of “Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender” also will be screened today at The Music Box Theater in Chicago as part of an homage to the six Chicago-produced independent comedy TV pilots that were accepted to the festival.

All episodes of “Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender” can be seen for free at Proceeds from the merchandise sold on the website goes toward funding future episodes.

Fee grew up on New Castle’s North Hill, where he was a newspaper delivery boy for several years. He attended St. Vitus, New Castle and Kennedy Catholic schools before graduating from Kent State University with a degree in media production. In 2011, he married his college sweetheart at Cascade Park.

Fee has lived in Chicago since 2004.