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How I Shot That (Laff Edition): Shooting in a Cemetery for 'Comet'

How I Shot That (Laff Edition): Shooting in a Cemetery for 'Comet'
Eric Koretz was the cinematographer for Sam Esmail's "Comet." His previous credits include the award-winning documentary "Dragonslayer" and AMC webseries "The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks." The film stars Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River") and Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Dodgeball") and will have its world premiere on the 13th of July. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic with Cooke S4 primes. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? The scenes at the cemetery were difficult because we couldn't control the time of day in which to shoot because we didnt have much time there....
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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #42: Tristan Patterson Goes to 1983 La for 'Electric Slide'

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #42: Tristan Patterson Goes to 1983 La for 'Electric Slide'
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tristan Patterson talked to Indiewire about "Electric Slide," which tells the story of famous bank robber Eddie Dodson. He's familiar with icon-centered chronicles - his last documentary, "Dragonslayer," followed a local skate legend. Talking about this new project in comparison, Patterson calls both works "portraits of outsiders in the city of Los Angeles, structured like mix tapes." Biggest challenge in completing this project? I wrote the script for “Electric Slide” awhile back. It was a film I was completely obsessed with making, but the financing kept falling apart. I went off and made my first film, “Dragonslayer,” instead. There are certain overlaps between the two films—both are portraits of outsiders in the city of Los Angeles that are structured like mix tapes—but it was a bit surreal to go from documenting a 23-year gutter punk skating through the California wasteland to a
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #133. Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide

Electric Slide

Director: Tristan Patterson

Writer: Tristan Patterson

Producers: Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico, Skyscraper FilmsHans Ritter & Killer FilmsChristine Vachon

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Vinessa Shaw, Chloë Sevigny, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert

His award-winning debut Dragonslayer was a major achievement for a debut and played extremely well on the indie docu circuit, and we’re thinking Tristan Patterson might be excessively fine-tuning his introduction to this non-fiction true crime story as to not appear like your run-of-the-mill caper film.

Gist: Based on the article “The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World’s Great Bank Robber”, written by Timothy Ford and scripted by Patterson, this tells the true story of suave hipster and celebrity-magnet Eddie Dodson, who in 1980s Los Angeles owned and ran one of the city’s most stylish art deco furniture stores and happened to rob
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide

With heavy critical praise (we were huge fans of the film here on the site) his award-winning debut Dragonslayer (Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Documentary at SXSW in 2011) made the type of waves that essentially jettisoned it’s filmmaker into a larger land of opportunity and a rapid shift from docu to narrative. Tristan Patterson didn’t rob the bank, but lucked out with what looks to be a heck of a modern Bonnie & Clyde tale in Electric Slide which will feature the name cast of Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Vinessa Shaw, Chloë Sevigny, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Lambert. Production began in October of 2012, so this is more than ready to showcase and find a distribution deal.

Gist: Based on the article “The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World’s Great Bank Robber”, written by Timothy Ford and scripted by Patterson, this tells the true
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Waiting For Lightning | Blu-ray Review

There have been plenty of quality biographical extreme sports docs released in the last couple years, with Jeff Tremaine’s profile of BMX godfather Matt Hoffman, The Birth of Big Air, Stacy Peralta’s loving skate team autobio, Bones Brigade, and even Tristan Patterson’s beautifully unconventional debut, Dragonslayer, but the more the merrier as far as we’re concerned. Jacob Rosenberg’s directorial debut, Waiting For Lightning, stylishly outlines the life of boundary pushing skateboard legend Danny Way by combining elements of retrospective bits with the capping of a career in Way’s attempt to jump the Great Wall of China. The cross cut story is not a complete success, but Way, like many of the skate icons who vet his story, is an enigmatic character of practiced skill and devout will, making for a compelling film filled with fledgling career footage and plenty of big air delirium.

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Waiting For Lightning | Review

Bigger, Faster, Higher: Biography Of Way’s Big Air

There have been plenty of quality biographical extreme sports docs released in the last couple years, with Jeff Tremaine’s profile of BMX godfather Matt Hoffman, The Birth of Big Air, Stacy Peralta’s loving skate team autobio, Bones Brigade, and even Tristan Patterson’s beautifully unconventional debut, Dragonslayer, but the more the merrier as far as we’re concerned. Jacob Rosenberg’s directorial debut, Waiting For Lightning, stylishly outlines the life of boundary pushing skateboard legend Danny Way by combining elements of retrospective bits with the capping of a career in Way’s attempt to jump the Great Wall of China. The cross cut story is not a complete success, but Way, like many of the skate icons who vet his story, is an enigmatic character of practiced skill and devout will, making for a compelling film filled with fledgling
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Dragonslayer | DVD Review

While at a house party in Chino, California, director Tristan Patterson accidentally found a subject for his directorial debut in personable 23 year old skater punk, Josh “Skreech” Sandoval. In Patterson’s eyes he was the hero of the sun washed, wasted suburban youth generation, shrugging off responsibility as he wanders through the drug induced haze with surprising compassion. The film artfully captures Sandoval’s tail of skating abandoned pools, falling in love, and eventual submission to capitalistic adulthood with penetrating intimacy, and eloquent authenticity. Now a year since the conclusion of its award winning festival run, Dragonslayer is finally making its way to DVD thanks to the folks at First Run Features.

Sandoval’s first born, Sid, has just arrived, but unfortunately his relationship with the child’s mother has gone sour. Afraid of letting the child grow up in a home filled with anger and resentment, he leaves to
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DVD Release: Dragonslayer

DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95

Studio: First Run Features

Josh "Skreech" Sandoval in Dragonslayer.

The 2011 documentary Dragonslayer chronicles the transgressions of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a local skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, in the aftermath of America’s economic collapse.

Directed by Tristan Patterson, the film takes a look at Skreech’s life—one that the filmmaker surmises could be potentially bleak but that Skreech could tackle and overcome. The action—much of which finds Skreech on his skateboard and getting high—is set to a soundtrack of bands from Mexican Summer and Kemado Records – including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Jacuzzi Boys, Little Girls and The Soft Pack.

The winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at SXSW Film Festival, Dragonslayer was executive produced by Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Velvet Goldmine), and acclaimed by The New York Times as “the
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Win “Dragonslayer” Skateboarding Swag!

Our friends at Snagfilms are giving away swag for the iTunes launch of Dragonslayer, director Tristan Patterson’s award-winning skate documentary about Josh “Skreech” Sandoval. (You can watch it here.)

The first prize winner will receive an Addikt Skateboard deck (right) inspired by the legend of “The Gonz” graphic, Skatebook 3 — a skateboard photography coffee table book — as well as an action-packed street skateboarding DVD featuring Skreech and other insane skaters. Two runners-up will receive the Addikt deck and the DVD. To enter, just send an email to nick@filmmakermagazine.com and tell us which award Dragonslayer won at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. To whet your appetite for the film, here’s an extract from an interview Filmmaker did with Patterson last year to coincide with Dragonslayer‘s theatrical release:

Filmmaker: The entire film has a fever dream quality to it, despite being grounded in the economic realities of the time.
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Calls For Entry: Gaze Film Series, Arizona Underground, Spooky Movie

Gaze Film Series

Our first listing is an ongoing monthly film series, not a festival. So, there are no deadlines, no limit to how much you can submit and no submission fees. But, there is one catch: You have to be a female filmmaker to submit.

The Gaze Film Series is dedicated to any and all film and video made by women artists. They are currently accepting media in all formats, all lengths and any subject matter. Submissions can also be new work or previously screened material.

Screenings will take place monthly at the Artists Television Access center in San Francisco, California and films will be selected by a “committee of women cineastes.” No date has been set yet for the debut screening.

For more guidelines and to submit, please visit the Gaze Film Series website.

Arizona Underground Film Festival

The Arizona Underground Film Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary
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Unknown Pleasures #4. Lineup

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Berlin's festival of American independent film, Unknown Pleasures, runs from January 1 through 15 at the Babylon, and co-programmers Hannes Brühwiler and Andrew Grant have put together a lineup for this fourth edition that's a little more adventurous that the first three:

Dustin Guy Defa's Bad Fever Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene Todd Haynes's Mildred Pierce Monty Hellman's Road to Nowhere Azazel Jacobs's Terri Aaron Katz's Cold Weather Laurel Nakadate's The Wolf Knife Mike Ott's Littlerock Tristan Patterson's Dragonslayer Matt Porterfield's Putty Hill Peter Bo Rappmund's Psychohydrography Lee Anne Schmitt's The Last Buffalo Hunt Joe Swanberg's Silver Bullets Sophia Takel's Green Frederick Wiseman's Boxing Gym Zach Weintraub's Bummer Summer

There are also two special programs, one highlighting Martin Scorsese's recent documentaries (George Harrison: Living in the Material World, A Letter to Elia and Public Speaking). And for the other,
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Justin Bieber, Werner Herzog to Finally Square Off for an Award

Justin Bieber, Werner Herzog to Finally Square Off for an Award
The fifth annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking will be handed out next month in New York City, with such inveterate documentarians as Errol Morris (Tabloid), Steve James (The Interrupters) and Kevin Macdonald (Life in a Day) facing off against the upstart likes of Alma Har'el (Bombay Beach), Tristan Patterson (Dragonslayer) and Clio Barnard (The Arbor). But look no further than the Audience Choice Award nominees for the most dynamic, high-stakes clash between old and new.
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"Senna" Among the 2012 Cinema Eye Nominees

The Cinema Eye Honors revealed the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards honoring Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Winners will be announced on January 11. Here's the list of the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking:

"The Arbor," Directed by Clio Barnard, Produced by Tracy O.Riordan

"Senna," Directed by Asif Kapadia; Produced by James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

"Project Nim," Directed by James Marsh, Produced by Simon Chinn

"Position Among the Stars," Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, Produced by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

"Nostalgia for the Light," Directed by Patricio Guzmán, Produced by Renate Sachse

"The Interrupters," Directed by Steve James, Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James

Outstanding Achievement in Direction:

Clio Barnard for "The Arbor"

Leonard Retel Helmrich for "Position Among the Stars"

Patricio Guzmán for "Nostalgia for the Light"

Steve James for "The Interrupters"

Danfung Dennis for "Hell and Back Again"

Outstanding Achievement in Production:

Erik Nelson
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Interview: Tristen Patterson (Dragonslayer)

[Editor's note: this was originally published around the time of this year's Hot Docs Film Festival.] At this year's Hot Docs I had the wonderful opportunity to see Dragonslayer, a doc that garnered an insane amount of buzz after its premier at SXSW earlier this year. Following the fest I had a chance to interview the craftsmen behind the feature, director Tristen Patterson. Executive produced by Killer Films' Christine Vachon, his film was my favorite doc of the fest, and others agreed, as it took home the Best International Feature prize. Here's an emailer interview with the filmmaker. Jordon M. Smith: First, I wanted to congratulate you on the SXSW Jury Prize for Best Doc and Best Cinematography awards you raked in earlier this year. Despite just recently premiering, I've heard quite a lot of buzz about the film. Are you surprised at how well the film is being received? Tristen Patterson: I'm surprised and humbled by how well the film is being received. I
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Nonfiction. Wilkerson, Gardner, Eisenberg, More

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Even as I carry on updating the entry on Doc NYC, there's quite a lot besides going on in the field of nonfiction filmmaking. Last week, both the International Documentary Association and Cinema Eye Honors announced the nominations for their respective awards, and yesterday, Cinema Eye unveiled "a new, periodic award called the Hell Yeah Prize, to be given to filmmakers who have created works of incredible craft and artistry that also have significant, real-world impact. The inaugural Hell Yeah Prize will be presented to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky for their HBO Documentary Films trilogy Paradise Lost, which played a critical role in securing the release from prison of the wrongly prosecuted and convicted West Memphis Three."

And the other day, when I pointed to Dennis Lim's review of Travis Wilkerson's An Injury to One (2002), "one of American independent cinema's great achievements of the past decade, just issued on DVD by Icarus Films,
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Weekend Preview: Ratner's Tower Heist Set to Topple Indie Docs & Dramas

Weekend Preview: Ratner's Tower Heist Set to Topple Indie Docs & Dramas
Brett Ratner's timely Tower Heist taps into anti-Wall Street sentiment and is just what you'd expect: competent, breezy, escapist entertainment. The well-cast Madoff-inspired comedy--which stars Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Alan Alda and Eddie Murphy in a supporting comeback bid--is expected to take in $29 million this weekend, while R-rated sequel A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D could score $15.5 million. In the mood for something smaller or more serious? Check out several indie documentaries (SXSW winner Dragonslayer, Charlotte Rampling: The Look and The Other F Word), dramas (Another Happy Day, Son of No One) and even a decadent-looking German period piece about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe--Young Goethe in Love. Reviews, details and trailers below: Dragonslayer, Drag City, Us | Director: Tristan Patterson ...
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Go See Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer"

What are you doing this weekend? If you had any friends that came to Tuesday night's HopeForFilm Screening at Goldcrest of Tristan Patterson's SxSW Audience Award winning film Dragonslayer, I am sure that's what you'll now be going to see, because the word was "that good"! When I put on a screening, I also write a letter letting my list know why I care about the film. This is that letter for Dragonslayer. Dear Film Fans, It's hard to find much good with the speculative & irresponsible practices of our financial sector, but the devastation they've delivered is the quiet…
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Go See Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer"

What are you doing this weekend? If you had any friends that came to Tuesday night's HopeForFilm Screening at Goldcrest of Tristan Patterson's SxSW Audience Award winning film Dragonslayer, I am sure that's what you'll now be going to see, because the word was "that good"! When I put on a screening, I also write a letter letting my list know why I care about the film. This is that letter for Dragonslayer. Dear Film Fans, It's hard to find much good with the speculative & irresponsible practices of our financial sector, but the devastation they've delivered is the quiet but extremely resonant backdrop for Tristan Patterson's fascinating...
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Critical Consensus: Skater Doc "Dragonslayer" Is The Pick of the Week

Tristan Patterson's skater doc "Dragonslayer," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, makes its theatrical debut this Friday in New York. Tt's the pick of the week for opening specialty films, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE. Drag City opens the film at New York's Cinema Village this Friday, followed by Los Angeles next week and other major cities over the course of the next few months; it ...
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Review | Wiseman Meets Malick and Punk Rock in Fascinating Skater Doc "Dragonslayer"

Review | Wiseman Meets Malick and Punk Rock in Fascinating Skater Doc
The measured vérité style of Frederick Wiseman meets the visual polish of Terrence Malick in "Dragonslayer," a fascinating slice of crude Americana from first-time director Tristan Patterson. However, it stands alone with an infectious hard rock attitude. Patterson doesn't have the epic aims of those filmmakers but equals their respective abilities to create thoroughly involving environments, pitting gorgeous imagery against cold reality with a delicacy rarely seen in the non-fiction ...
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