"VEER”ing toward Greatness

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Local film maker Patrick Barry will be showing his five year in the making film "VEER" at Sun-Ray Cinema from March 1- March 7, 2013. Veer is incredible story about a skateboarder who has to redefine his life and purpose when the dreams he has been following have died.

VEER begins showing at Sun-Ray on March 1, 2013. Click for showtimes.

Greatness is not always measured through the number of achievements you have accomplished or by how many people praise your name. Greatness is achieved through the passion you show for something. How hard you strive to make a dream, any dream, come true.
This is the case with Patrick Barry. He may not be a household name or seen in magazines all over the world or even have a film playing at your local multiplex. Yet, those who know Patrick know that there is a greatness that is springing forth in all the projects he attempts, even if he doesn't see it himself.

Patrick Barry

Patrick Barry has been making films for close to a decade now. He first began his foray into film while studying art at Florida State University, it should be noted that he was rejected twice from the film program at the prestigious school. While attending the university he began making small 16mm films with his roommate and it was here the love of film took hold and never let go. During his senior year he was building toward shooting his first feature film.

The film would be what is classified as a “road” movie. He had procured a suburban and had his script together when one day the suburban broke down. He was told it was going to cost more to fix it than the thing was worth. Patrick decided to scrap the script and move on. After graduating from Florida State University he, and his wife, decided to move back to Jacksonville, instead of trying to see what adventures await in New york or Los Angeles, and began working on making other films. In his own words it wasn't until he made the short film “Haberdash” that Patrick first began to see his skill for the craft start to flourish and find a focus. From there he began making more and more short films to develop a sense of style and his own voice. He wrote constantly and made films when he could trying all he could to keep the dream going. He currently teaches an 8mm film class at Flagler College in St. Augustine where he shares his love for film making and the knowledge he has acquired over the years to aspiring filmmakers. He is also currently working on adapting a screenplay with Al Letson.

Jessie Gay

In early 2008 Patrick came across the idea for a film that now has become his calling card for the past 5 years. VEER started as a short film about a down on his luck former champion skateboarder, who now spends his days riding the streets of Jacksonville looking for the lost glory days. It was an experimental project that was shot in black and white and had no dialogue, instead incorporating subtitles for the character's lines and interaction. The film received a lot of praise while showing at the Jacksonville Film Festival and it was in 2009 that Patrick decided to expand the idea into a feature length film. He quit his job and began writing the feature with fellow co-writer (and star of VEER) Jessie Gay.

Official VEER trailer on the next page.

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