Grants & Awards


– by Tristan Patterson

About the Film:

Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of America’s economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, Dragonslayer captures the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Set to the alternately roaring and dreamy soundtrack of bands from the indie labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records—including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Eddy Current and the Suppression Ring, Golden Triangle, Jacuzzi Boys, Little Girls, Real Estate, The Soft Pack, Saviours, Death and Thee Oh Sees— Dragonslayer is a punk-rock manifesto to youth, love and learning to survive after the decline of western civilization.

About the Filmmakers:

Tristan Patterson (Director) – Tristan is the director of Dragonslayer. After graduating from Yale University he worked at Forensic Films on the first and only Dogma 95 movie made in America, Harmony Korine’s Julien Donkey Boy.  His first screenplay Superstar 81 was optioned by Christine Vachon for Killer Films.  He has since written screenplays for Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers.  He is currently writing American Cigarette for director Tony Scott at Fox 2000 and is attached to direct his own screenplay Electric Slide starring Ewan McGregor for Myriad Pictures.

John Baker (Producer) – John is the producer of Dragonslayer. He spent 2+ years at HBO Documentary Programming working on the Emmy winning series The Addiction Project and Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, amongst other titles.  The music videos and short films he’s produced have aired on HBO, Channel 4 (UK) and played major film festivals across the US. Prior to HBO he worked at Content Film, the former production company of Edward R. Pressman. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Festival & Award Highlights:

SXSW 2011 – World Premiere; Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, Best Cinematography
HotDocs 2011 – Best International Feature
Silverdocs 2011
BFI London 2011
IDFA 2011

Cinema Eye Awards 2011 – Outstanding Achievement in Production (nom), Editing (nom), Original Music Score (nom), Best Debut Feature (nom)