‘Patriots Day’ charity under way

November 15, 2016

A new charity campaign, launched in conjunction with the upcoming Boston Marathon bombing film “Patriots Day,” will benefit first responders, medical professionals and bombing survivors, and the filmmakers, who are bankrolling it with $100,000 in matching funds, are seeking recipients.

The Patriots Day Charity Campaign is open to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area that honor or provide services for the aforementioned medical personnel, first responders or the victims. The charity was rolled out yesterday along with a new trailer for the Mark Wahlberg flick.

The trailer depicts the 2013 explosions at the marathon finish line in Copley Square, scenes that were shot last spring on a backlot in Weymouth in deference to the city’s still open wound.

It also shows the actors playing bombing masterminds Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a drastically slimmed down John Goodman as former police Commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers, Roxbury native Michael Beach as former Gov. Deval Patrick and JK Simmons as Watertown police Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese.

The flick, directed by Peter Berg, will get its first public screening Thursday when it closes the American Film Institute’s prestigious AFI Fest in L.A. — a slot where a number of previous Oscar winners and nominees have debuted in the past.

Wahlberg, who was in Gillette Stadium on Sunday night to watch the Patriots lose to the Seahawks with police Commissioner Bill Evans, stars as a composite Boston police officer who joins the manhunt for the bombers.

Charities wishing to apply for a Patriots Day grant should go to crowdrise.com/PatriotsDayApplication.

File Under: Patriot-ic Duties.