So is Dragonslayer, which was filmed over a year ago, some kind of incidental document of the Occupy movement? Maybe, but at the same time, the stereotypical ethic of the skater punk has persisted for well over a generation now. What Sandoval seeks is nothing more complicated than an endless summer. The neat trick of Tristan Patterson's great debut is that he manages to depict such an ideal without being certain that it can really exist. Neither he nor Sandoval seem to think there's much harm in trying to find it, though.
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DRAGONSLAYER | directed by Tristan Patterson | released by Drag City and Killer Films | 74 minutes | at SPACE Gallery | Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm | $7, members and students $5 | space538.org
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