Director: Tristan Patterson | USA 2011 | 74 min
"Dragonslayer" is a moving polaroid photo from an endless Californian summer with the just 23-year-old (former) skateboard star Josh "Skreech" Sandoval and his gang in front of the camera. In spite of his young age and its "live fast, die young" attitude, "Skreech" has already managed to rise from the bottom of an empty swimming pool to the top of the international skate scene, before crashing headlong to hit rock-bottom again - now as a homeless man with a small child. But none of all this worries him, however. For freedom is not just another word for having nothing left to lose. Freedom is what it's all about, and with this philosophy as an unspoken mantra, the days flow together in a druggy and impressionist stream of images. From a mushroom trip in the forest and a trip to the skating rally in Malmö to when his new girlfriend first appears on the scene and steals the picture. "Dragonslayer" won the award for best documentary at the American SXSW festival earlier this year, and is built on the loose plots of music and skating videos as well as independent films. But it is also a snapshot of an outsider (and maybe an entire generation?), which in the aftermath of the American financial collapse has let go completely and is literally living for the moment.
Dragonslayer (USA, 2011, 74 min.)
Director: Tristan Patterson. Producer: John Baker, Christine Vachon. Production: Drag City, Killer Films.