January 3rd, 2012 by Glendyn
Scratch this off my ‘to-do’ list from below…
Watched a screener of Dragonslayer the other night. A vérité documentary about ‘free spirited’ skateboarder Josh ‘Screech’ Sandoval. The film creates a cinematic portrait so rough and ready, yet so pure and intimate. To be honest, it’s the sort of film that makes me want to give up film making altogether because it’s the kind I have always wanted to make, and here it is, made. Well not quite… but it’s a film that both inspires me and frustrates me in the best possible ways.
The other thing that Dragonslayer does well is give you incredible access into a very ‘specific world’. I’ve seen many ‘skate films’ and films with skateboarders as characters, but none have given this kind of access into the lifestyles of this subcultures most hard-core players.
It’s such a beautifully poetic and fucked up punk of a film.