After Patrick was laid off from his job in 2008, they committed to building their own company, and Respect Films formally began. Over the first couple of years, they worked on a half hour infomercial for TrendFund, which aired on FX, CNBC, Bravo and other notable cable channels. At the same time, they were producing an original science fiction webseries, The Third Age, for Blip.TV. The series was finally released in Fall 2009, where it won a devoted fanbase, critical acclaim and even an invitation from the WGA to join their exclusive digital caucus.
In 2009, the company began its biggest project to date, a feature length documentary about comic book writer and alt-culture icon Grant Morrison. The filmmakers did panels for the film at San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con, and ultimately Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods was picked up for distribution by Halo 8 Entertainment, with a theatrical run and DVD release in 2010.
At the same time, the team was working on an original webseries, The NFL Writers Room, for ESPN, and various short film videos for Comedy Central’s Atom TV.
In 2011, Respect premiered its second documentary feature, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. The film explores the mind of comic book writer and futurist Warren Ellis. It includes interviews with Helen Mirren, Joss Whedon, Patton Oswalt and many more. The film premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival, and played numerous other festivals before a DVD release through Halo 8 in Summer 2012. In 2012, Respect also completed an original short film, The Viral Man, starring acclaimed actress Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter).
More recently, the team has produced two new documentaries: Chris Claremont’s X-Men and The Image Revolution. The Image Revolution was picked up for distribution by Shout Factory and released in January 2016, and Claremont’s X-Men will be released by XLRator in 2017.
Respect has also produced She Makes Comics, with Marisa Stotter. The film won the Best Documentary award at the Comic-Con International Film Festival in 2015, and received widespread critical praise. The film was recently picked up by XLRator for a release in early 2017.
The team recently completed Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously, which will be released in July 2016 by Vimeo. The film is already attracting critical praise, and has been hailed as “one of the very best of 2016″ by Unseen Films.
And the first Respect Films narrative feature, Trip House, is nearing the end of post-production, with an eye towards a Fall 2016 premiere. The film, starring Amber Benson, Whitney Moore, Chloe Dykstra is a psychedelic horror film with a strong character focus, and a uniquely Respect style.