In his earlier years, Patrick was recognized by RockAmerica© as the first video artist to pioneer video "scratching" while employed as a VJ (Video Jock) at the Minneapolis premier and legendary rock club/danceteria - First Avenue. There, he utilized experimental techniques and innovative methods in video editing, creating video wallpaper for the clubs in-house monitors and huge stage screen. It was at First Avenue that he first previewed his re-edited or manipulated music vedeo versions of Princes - Contoversy, 1999 and Little Red Corvette, which he had re-cut into elongated dance versions of the original videos while maintaining the songs original BPMs (beats per minute). This caught the eye of Prince during a visit to the club, which led to directing his first live Prince concert. This also was the beginning of a ten-year working relationship between the two artists. Highlights include: "Alphabet Street" (Music Video), "Sexy MF" (Music video-club version), and "Three Chain of Gold" (Funkumentary).
Back then, Patrick had directed several live concerts, as well as various directing, shooting, and editing projects for Prince & Paisley Park artists. Music Videos for other Paisley Park artists include: "Tweakin" for George Clinton and "Little Rock" for Eric Leeds. Epstein also directed a number of live in-house concerts for up and coming artists such as -Culture Club, The Cure, Motorhead, The Thompson Twins, The Time, Husker Du, The Suburbs...and many others.
It wasn't long until Patrick began developing ideas and experimental concepts in directing and shooting. He soon began to pick up occasional freelance corporate/docu-promo jobs, which, along with numerous Prince projects, were becoming increasingly frequent and keeping him busy for several years. During this period, he began directing and editing many national and international TV commercials for agencies and production companies based in the Twin Cities and across the country.
Professional Film and Video Work Minneapolis, MN