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Patterson’s “Resurrection” Nearly Here

Comic Jim Patterson's movie "The Resurrection" features dozens of South Florida comics, premieres March 15 at the Movies of Delray.

by Chuck king
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DELRAY BEACH – There will be no bunnies or colored eggs to celebrate Jim Patterson’s upcoming Resurrection.

There will, however, be a red carpet.

As the days dwindle ahead of the premiere of “The Resurrection,” Patterson’s short film, he can’t wait for the South Florida community to see his film.

“I’m excited about the premiere,” Patterson said. “I think it’s going to be very well received.”

“The Resurrection,” which premiere’s on March 15 at the Movies of Delray following a red carpet event, is the third film in Patterson’s trilogy about the death of a comic and what it takes to get into heaven.

In “The Resurrection,” Patterson’s comic isn’t quite ready to pass through the Pearly Gates.

“St. Peter feels that I’m so close that he sends me back down to earth, and since I did comedy, he wants me to resurrect a comic’s career,” Patterson said.

Veteran comic Dean Napolitano wrote “The Resurrection” and plays the comic Patterson’s character is sent to save.

“He wanted a story about redemption,” Napolitano said of Patterson. “I always thought “It’s A Wonderful Life” is such an epic movie. Basically, we talked and he said something like that, but with comedians.”

Patterson enlisted the help of nearly three dozen South Florida comics, all of whom appear in the film.

“We involved basically the whole South Florida comedy community,” Patterson said.

The first film in the trilogy, “The Funeral,” debuted in 2020. The second film, “The Séance,” debuted a year later.

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Patterson and director Miguelito LaMorte began work on “The Resurrection” in March of 2021.

“This one, quality-wise, is elevated a lot higher than the other two since the other two were very super-low budget and were more experimental and quirky,” said LaMorte, director and editor of all three films.

Tuesday’s Red Carpet event begins at 7 p.m. and will be live streamed on Facebook, with Miami-based comic Freddy Stebbins serving as the on-the-spot reporter.

Screening for “The Resurrection” begins at 9 p.m. Movies of Delray can accommodate 250 people.

“It’s going to be a special night,” Patterson said.

Run time for “The Resurrection” is 30 minutes – which allows Patterson to submit the work to film festivals as a short film.

It will also be available on Amazon Prime.

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