In addition to being a writer-in-residence in the Creative Writing Program, Patrick Lawler is a scriptwriter working with director Ted Schaeffer.  Their film, "Giving Birth to a Butterfly," has been appearing in various national and international film festivals. After its screening at the Montreal Film Festival and Cucalorus Film Festival, the movie was awarded Best Feature-Length Film of the Big Apple Film Festival. "Birth to a Butterly" also appeared at the Chattanooga Film Festival and was awarded Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Not Film Festival in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy.

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