RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)


Monday, October 20th at 7:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.

DRAGONSLAYER by Tristan Patterson
74 min // United States // 2011 // blu-ray & HD digital projection

An unbiased escape from the “norm of documentary film making,” Dragonslayer was the Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and the second feature film to be released theatrically by Drag City Records following Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers. 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, Death, and Thee Oh Sees.

Tristan Patterson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He has written screenplays for Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers, and is currently writing American Cigarette for director Tony Scott and Fox 2000. He is attached to direct his own screenplay Electric Slide starring Ewan McGregor for Killer Films and Myriad Pictures. Dragonslayer is his first feature.

Trailer is here.

Preceded by
I TOUCHED HER LEGS by Eva Marie Rødbro
15 minutes // Denmark // 15 min // 2010

Post screening Q&A moderated by Nick Nummerdor and Steven Snyder.

Eva Marie Rødbro is a Danish moving image artist and photographer who captures restless and visceral portraits of youth. She spent a year studying at Fatamorgana, the Danish school of art photography, and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2008. Rødbro’s publications include Dubi (2005), Collectables (2007), Limbo (2007) and Fuck you kiss me (2008). She has been a correspondent for VICE Magazine and I TOUCHED HER LEGS won the Emerging Experimental Video Artist Award at the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Nick Nummerdor is the creative director of Little Cabin Films, a production company he started in 2009 and the founder of Chicago Youth Skateboard Project, a non profit that distributes free skateboards and equipment to inner city children and teenagers in an effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices and artistic freedom. He is currently directing and shooting a documentary on public skateparks that has been in production for over 2 years following the developments and work involved with getting a free public skatepark made in Chicago. He also co-directed the 2013 documentary “Vannin'” about van enthusiasts.

Steven “Dread” Snyder is a skater from Albion, Michigan who came over to Chicago in 1984 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. His skating skills were quickly recognized and he was sponsored by Alva Skateboards. He has lived in Chicago ever since.

Filed under: documentary, experimental, Uncategorized, video