Drag City to release ‘Dragonslayer,’ throwing a party @ Rodan
Seminal Chicago label Drag City Records are getting ready to premiere their second-ever feature length film, Dragonslayer, on home turf. In conjunction with Killer Films, the label bring you a tale of youth in revolt, centered around the skateboarding scene in Fullerton, California.
Directed by Tristan Patterson and executive produced by indie-maverick Christine Vachon, Dragonslayer is the Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011.
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, Little Girls and The Soft Pack–as well as Death and Thee Oh Sees.
Patterson on the documentary’s main subject:
I met Skreech at a party in an abandoned airfield off the I-10 in Chino, California right after our country’s economic collapse. He had a lime-green Mohawk and was wearing a matching Screamers T-shirt in honor of the L.A. punk band that never recorded an album. He looked malnourished and lost, and claimed he was on 5 tabs of acid. It was impossible to talk to him; his head was lost in the clouds. Then I saw him skate.
I think Skreech is like a lot of kids from his generation–smart enough to know a potentially bleak future looms and scrambling to figure out a way to survive in it. He’s also on a wavelength all his own. Dragonslayer is my attempt to capture this wavelength and preserve it.
Dragonslayer will make its Chicago premiere at The Music Box on January 25th. Tickets are $10 per person.
As noted in the flyer above, Drag City are also hosting a preview party at Wicker Park’s Rodan this coming Wednesday (1/18). From 7-10PM you can catch clips from the film and label staff spinning (hopefully vinyl).
Check out the official trailer for the documentary, below..