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Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of Americaʼs 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, as well as DEATH and Thee Oh Sees-Dragonslayer is a punkrock manifesto to youth, love and learning to survive after the decline of western civilization. -- Official Site

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Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now. You'll think about Skreech -- his father's day gift for his son, his new job at a bowling alley -- for a long time after you leave the theatre.

Dec 16, 2011
Toronto Sun
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Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.

Dec 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In following this scattered character around, "Dragonslayer" director Tristan Patterson makes a very purposeful documentary about the pessimistic worldview of the nation's youth, and what that means for the future.

Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.

Nov 10, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.

Nov 8, 2011 | Full Review…

Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic.

Nov 8, 2011
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