Director: Tristan Patterson
Writer: Tristan Patterson
Producers: Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico, Skyscraper Films’ Hans Ritter & Killer Films’ Christine 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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.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.
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
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,
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:
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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