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DRAGONSLAYER by Tristan Patterson
74 min // United States // 2011 // blu-ray & HD digital projection

An unbiased escape from the “norm of documentary film making,” Dragonslayer was the Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and the second feature film to be released theatrically by Drag City Records following Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers. An intimate vérité portrait of the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a 23-year-old skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, Dragonslayer takes the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of lost youth, broken homes and abandoned swimming pools, set to a soundtrack of bands from indie-rock labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records-including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Jacuzzi Boys, Death, and Thee Oh Sees.

Tristan Patterson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He has written screenplays for Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers, and is currently writing American Cigarette for director Tony Scott and Fox 2000. He is attached to direct his own screenplay Electric Slide starring Ewan McGregor for Killer Films and Myriad Pictures. Dragonslayer is his first feature.

Preceded by
I TOUCHED HER LEGS by Eva Marie Rødbro
15 minutes // Denmark // 15 min // 2010

Post screening Q&A moderated by Nick Nummerdor and Steven Snyder.

Eva Marie Rødbro is a Danish moving image artist and photographer who captures restless and visceral portraits of youth. She spent a year studying at Fatamorgana, the Danish school of art photography, and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2008. Rødbro’s publications include Dubi (2005), Collectables (2007), Limbo (2007) and Fuck you kiss me (2008). She has been a correspondent for VICE Magazine and I TOUCHED HER LEGS won the Emerging Experimental Video Artist Award at the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Nick Nummerdor is the creative director of Little Cabin Films, a production company he started in 2009 and the founder of Chicago Youth Skateboard Project, a non profit that distributes free skateboards and equipment to inner city children and teenagers in an effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices and artistic freedom. He is currently directing and shooting a documentary on public skateparks that has been in production for over 2 years following the developments and work involved with getting a free public skatepark made in Chicago. He also co-directed the 2013 documentary “Vannin'” about van enthusiasts.

Steven “Dread” Snyder is a skater from Albion, Michigan who came over to Chicago in 1984 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. His skating skills were quickly recognized and he was sponsored by Alva Skateboards. He has lived in Chicago ever since.

Programmed by Christy LeMaster and Beckie Stocchetti

Earlier Event: September 22
Later Event: November 17