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Prep Students, Brothers Debut Film To Fund Service Trip

May 24, 2019

Lights. Camera.Service.

A pair of Scranton brothers premiered an original film Thursday at the Ritz Theatre in downtown in order to raise money to fund an upcoming service trip to South Carolina. Thomas Kennedy, 17, and Patrick Kennedy, 16, a junior and a sophomore at Scranton Preparatory School, respectively, debuted “Unlawful Justice,” an ’80s-style action movie before a crowd of about 300 friends, family and classmates. The brothers spent a year and a half writing the film, followed by six months of filming to make the feature-length production. The duo shared writing, acting and directing credits. While the end result was a polished and engaging film, production was not all smooth sailing, Thomas admitted.  He noted that filming came to a halt when an argument broke out over the inclusion of the word “OK” in a line of the script. In the end, the brothers worked out their creative differences — they plan to release a sequel before the start of the next school year. Proceeds from the premiere, which were an optional donation, will be used to send Thomas on his senior service trip where he will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Contact the writer: brlynett@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9127

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