Brothers Make Feature Film Idea into Reality

ThomasandPatrickKennedyBy Steve Svetovich

Thomas and Patrick Kennedy not only have bright imaginations, but they act on their ideas. Sons of Thomas and Kelly Kennedy and grandsons of the late Green Ridge District Magistrate James (Ace) Kennedy, Thomas, 18, a senior, and Patrick, 17, a junior, are students at Scranton Prep. Both had an idea and acted on it.

The brothers had an idea to produce a pair of independent feature films. And with their bright imaginations, they did. Working with students and parents from both Scranton Prep and Scranton High Schools, they created two films which were sellouts at the old Ritz Theatre on Wyoming Avenue, Scranton.

The boys’ mom, the former Kelly McHale, is a Dunmore teacher, and along with her husband Thomas, fully supported the idea to write and produce the films in which Patrick starred in.

Thomas, is president of his senior class, officer of numerous clubs and captain of the Mock Trial team at Scranton Prep. 

Patrick, normally the more reserved of the two brothers, is a member of the wrestling, cross country and baseball teams at Scranton Prep.

Through the production company, KBE Films, the Kennedy brothers released the two featured length independent films in 2019 and last month,

The first movie is entitled “Unlawful Justice – A Roll of the Dice.” The sequel is entitled is “Unlawful Justice 2 – Jericho vs. Greene.” 

The brothers served as directors, writers, producers, stunt coordinators, editors and actors for the films.

 “The first film was so successful, ” said Thomas Kennedy, the brothers’ dad, “that they wrote a second script and released the film this past Feb. 8. Both films sold out at the Ritz. 

“The money raised went for service trips at Scranton Prep. And donations were taken for the cost of the second movie.

“The students at Scranton Prep plus students at Scranton High School were in both films. And parents of the students were used. Noah Leety, the student council president at Scranton High School, appeared in it.

“My son Tom directed and edited both films. Patrick wrote and starred in both. He played the star role in. ‘Jericho.’

“It was quite the task to get these kids from two different high schools together to rehearse for the films. These kids have so many other high school commitments with their studies, sports and clubs.

“Both films were based on 1980’s action style movies. My boys are movie enthusiasts like me. The two films are very good and the boys learned so much from writing and producing them. They used much better equipment with the second movie. Both were entirely shot on an I-phone. The second movie had more equipment.”

Over 300 people attended each movie. WBRE-TV headlined the movies on its news. 

Thomas Kennedy, with a 3.8 GPA, who has thus far been accepted to eight schools, wants to study pre law, but minor in film and theatre in college. 

Among his other activities at Prep he is president of the Prep Players and Protect Club, member of National Honor Society, Scranton Prep Dean’s Team, Junior Statesmen of American, football and baseball teams; manager of the basketball team; competed at the national level in speech and debate in Milwaukee, Wis., serves as  secretary of the Book Club, Physics Club, Sustainability Club and Movie Club, and food drive coordinator.

Thomas was cowriter/actor in a dramatic play, Malum In Se, performed in 2019 at Scranton Cultural Center, and is a member of the Joseph of Arimathea Ministry, a unique groups that comes together anytime a dead body is unclaimed or a family has no one to mourn with them.

Patrick Kennedy, with a 3.7 GPA, wants to become a dentist. At Prep he is a member of the Movie Club and stage crew, in addition to his athletic endeavors.

“Tom is more charismatic,” said their dad. “Patrick is quiet and reserved, but he was much more open when acting in the films.” 

Thomas is very much into theatre and plays the leading role in many of the plays at Scranton Prep. Patrick is more of an athlete. 

Both are members of the National Honor Society at Scranton Prep.

Scranton Prep defeats top ranked Lady Bucks in Lynett

prep lynettBy Steve Svetovich

Scranton Prep defeated the top ranked Dunmore Lady Bucks, 44-28, in the 17th annual girls Lynett Memorial Basketball Tournament Sunday, December 29, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

The Lady Classics ended Dunmore’s four-year championship run with a strong defensive effort.

Prep held Dunmore to only three baskets over the final three quarters.

Tournament MVP Rachael Rose scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half.

Lizzie Neville played a strong defensive game for the Lady Classics. Meredith Purcell had a game high eight rebounds and three steals for Prep.

Maria Belardi, Maggie Mills and Cecelia Collins all contributed on the offensive end, hitting big shots for Prep.

The Lady Classics (8-0 at press time) never trailed in the game as coach Bob Beviglia’s tight defense held Dunmore to 3-for-21 shooting over the final three quarters.

Neville’s steal on the first possession set the tempo for the contest.

After Dunmore (6-1 at press time) hit on four 3-pointers, two by Mia Blume, in the first quarter, the Prep defense tightened up.

The second half began with two Scranton Prep steals and scores. However, Blume’s floater in the lane brought Dunmore to within 25-23. 

Two field goals by Rose put Prep ahead, 29-23.

Prep then stretched the lead to 42-25 before Dunmore’s Ciera Toomey, an All-Tournament pick, hit on a 3-pointer. By then it was too late for the Lady Bucks.

Dunmore sophomore Moriah Murray led her team with 12 points and five assists in the loss. Toomey had seven rebounds. Blume scored eight points.

The Lady Bucks easily defeated the Scranton Lady Knights, 63-27, in the Lynett Memorial Tournament girls semifinal contest Friday, December 27, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

The Lady Bucks totaled 20 assists on 24 field goals in the win.

Toomey led the team with 18 points and was one of five players with at least three assists for Dunmore’s team oriented offense under coach Ben O’Brien.

O’Brien called the defensive communication and team effort the keys to the easy win.

The Dunmore defense forced 17 first half turnovers and the Lady Bucks had a commanding 16-2 lead after the first quarter.

Blume added 11 points in the win. Murray had nine points, five steals, five rebounds and four assists. Gianna Delfino scored five points and had four assists. Anna Talutto came off the bench and had four steals for Dunmore. Alexis Chapman scored eight points for Dunmore.

FNCB Donates to Scranton Prep Scholarship Fund

FNCB Donation

FNCB Bank presented a $27,500 Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation to Scranton Prep’s P.J.H.S. (Pennsylvania Jesuit High Schools) Scholarship Fund.

From left: James Bone, FNCB Bank Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer; Christian Davis, Scranton Prep Vice President; Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank President & Chief Executive Officer; Alycia Schwartz, Scranton Prep Director of Finance; Rev. Ryan Maher, S.J., Scranton Prep President; and Greg Collins, FNCB Bank Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer.