Patrick Costello

Patrick Costello

Music Composer, Musician, Screenwriter and Financier

San Francisco, California

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November 2013
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About Patrick

I am a scriptwriter, musician, climate and social justice activist and entrepreneur. My newest project is a script for a feature length drama around the truth about global warming - how companies like Exxon knew that their emissions would warm the planet and cause sea level rise, but they buried the science to protect their business model. I do quite a bit of climate work with non-profits in northern CA, and have seen 90% of the global warming documentaries. I've also read a bunch of the "cli-fi' and science fiction treatments of the future impacts of global warming, What I think is missing is a drama that is based on truth - the perfidy of the fossil fuel industry. My script touches on a number of things that actually happened - for example in 2009, just before the Copenhagen Climate Conference, climate deniers hacked into a British university database and released thousands of private emails between climate scientists. The fossil fuel industry defenders then smeared the scientists and the movement to fight global warming by misconstruing the language in the emails. Then of course major media outlets dutifully and predictably amplified their smears, confusing the public, and drastically slowing the awareness of the existential crisis we are currently in the midst of. These facts and circumstances can be woven into a dramatic and entertaining film that would generate and benefit from the controversy around the climate crisis, which becomes more urgent every day. THERE IS GOOD EVIDENCE that the public is interested in these stories - this is very, very similar to the story of big tobacco hiding the science around smoking leading to lung cancer and a host of other illnesses. There were several very successful films about this - some documentaries, and some fact-based dramas.

Unique traits: Synthesis of interests, talents and experience make me a potent source of creative, entertaining ideas and stories.



    TURTLE ON A FENCE POST Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama Why is humanity failing to meet the existential threat of climate chaos? A young, Black climate scientist realizes that Big Oil – the fossil fuel industry - is the culprit and sets out to prove it. But that makes her a target – even of her own family. Her oil company executive brother uses every trick in the book to terminate her career and convince the world the threat to the climate posed by fossil fuel emissions isn't real.

  • To Dodge a Bullet

    To Dodge a Bullet Budget: $30M+ | Drama U.S. announces deployment of space weaponry that would destabilize "MAD" - mutually assured destruction concept - that has allowed us to avoid nuclear war. Foreign countries decide US must be stopped, and activate moles that have been embedded in US: It's a race to save the planet with "good guys" hard to identify. 


    SHENANIGANS! Budget: $5M - $10M | Independent In the late 60's, US student arrives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to study at fine arts college. A sequence of absurd, hilarious Coen Brothers-like events ensue! He's set up as a drug dealer and cops are after him, so he goes on the lam, hiding out at love interest/ fellow U.S. student's home in Mexico. It turns out her father is C.I.A. which puts him in more danger. Then they discover Neal Cassady's body on the train tracks (!)

  • Turtle On A Fence Post

    Turtle On A Fence Post Budget: $5M - $10M | Drama Oil is the family business. But Zelda, a young Black climate scientist, is alarmed by the connection between emissions from burning coal, oil and gas and the climate crisis. When her research begins to expose the multi-decade campaign of misinformation and climate denial engaged in by the fossil fuel industry, she becomes a target – and her oil company executive brother looms as her biggest foe.

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