Through the candid study of subject Josh “Screech” Sandoval, Dragonslayer paints a portrait of a new lost generation of slackers, yet aptly-intelligent skateboarders, in a dead-end California suburb, whose only ambitions in life are to shred and party.

Director Tristan Patterson’s film is more of a love letter to the offbeat and unusual beauty found in his charismatic subject and his world than an examination of what society would see as a “wasted generation”.

What Patterson manages to capture in his film is a representation of a subtle generation let down and fed up by government and society.

Shot in a pseudo-vérité style, the film is wholly engaging and features sharp and stylish visuals that explore the nuanced beauty of a rotting California landscape and the lives of its “wasted” youths.

Josh “Screech” Sandoval is a prime subject for Patterson’s film. He’s charismatic, intelligent, and highly likeable, and his story and personality is the driving factor as to what makes this film work on the larger scaleDragonslayer.

Like some of the best skateboard documentaries, Dragonslayer effectively captures the essence of a niche subculture, yet it manages to transcend that niche to represent a much more broad, and meaningful message, and explores the exquisite splendor of the alternative.

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