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The Roanoke Times, Va., CornerShot column

November 10, 2013


Nov. 10--These days, it seems, there's a steady stream of Southwest Virginia residents making headway large and small in the film industry.

One of the more unusual "making it in Hollywood" tales I've heard comes from Franklin County native Patrick Williams (stage name Patrick McClanahan), an aspiring actor who is working on two small independent films -- not as an actor but as a promoter and marketer.

Both films have connections to worthy causes. "November Ice" is a film about Canadian ice hockey that's scheduled to shoot later this year in Louisiana -- go figure! The movie has a breast cancer awareness element that includes promotion of Pennies in Action, a nonprofit founded by figure skater Uschi Keszlercqcq that raises funds for cancer research.

He's also working with British singer and songwriter Andrew Cole on an anti-bullying project called "Do You Think I'm a Joke?" The project will produce a song and music video with a number of guest artists, as well as a documentary in which those artists talk about the effects of bullying. Participating celebrities range from comedian Cedric the Entertainer to actor Charlie Sheen, and from Canadian electropop singer Lights to heavy metal frontman Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

Williams, 24, said many kids where he's from feel their small town origins limit what they'll be able to do later in life.

"I wanted people to know that they can go other places and accomplish what they want to do."

To learn more about the anti-bullying campaign, visit To check out "November Ice" visit


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