Patrick Hagarty was raised by a single mother during the week and a movie theater on the weekend. At the age of six, he directed faithful basement reenactments of The Empire Strikes Back. In high school he cut together animated rock videos on an edit station fashioned from two VCRs, a tape deck, and every TV in the house. In college, with a Bolex slung over his shoulder, Patrick made dreamy, Lynchian art-films that even he barely understands.
After graduating from Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Patrick made a second home for himself on Toronto film sets. He has worked as an actor, editor, field producer, location scout, French translator, lecturer, but predominantly as an assistant director. As an AD, he has successfully wrangled hordes of extras, fleets of cars, helicopters, process trailers, escaped livestock, unruly minors, petulant actors, a pygmy village, a gorilla attack, and Russell Crowe. Patrick has become a respected and well-supported member of the Toronto film community.
Patrick graduated with honors from The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. He majored in both Fine Art and Film. In his third year Patrick studied painting abroad in Florence, Italy. Patrick is an accomplished painter. He has exhibited and sold work internationally.
In 2005, Patrick founded Torch-Head Productions. The company's first project was Doug Karr's BravoFact short 'Ten for Grandpa'. It premiered at Sundance 2009 and went on to show at over 40 festivals internationally.