April 20th, 2014
With Electric Slide premiering this coming week (April 22) at the Tribeca Film Festival, we now have the press kit for this event. We also learn a bit more about the production and story from director Tristan Patterson and some new information about the film’s plot. (below)
(click on image to read entire press kit)
What fascinates me about Eddie is not that he robs a bank, or even that he robs 64 banks in nine months. What fascinates me is why. I believe, above all else, he was a performer. The art deco furniture is his set design, The Clash blasting out of the tape deck, his soundtrack. He lives for the moment and risks everything for the moment, always, in all moments. When a moment passes, he hurries to find the next one, then the next. If you stopped him for long enough to ask what he’s looking for, he’d probably give a different answer every day of the week, but I believe that all the while, he is searching for a feeling. Eddie wants to feel immortal. His commitment is total.
Eddie is alive in a way few people can imagine and the second Paulene lays eyes on him she can’t look away. His presence is electric. Paulene is lonely. She is lost. She wants to feel what Eddie feels. He is the object of her desire and she will do whatever it takes to satisfy her lust.
In the film’s opening voice over, Paulene declares, “because this is also a movie about characters doomed to fulfill their destinies, it is a tragedy.” I disagree. I want the “Electric Slide” to be a celebration of all that it means to be madly and passionately in love. ~ Tristan Patterson
Tristan Patterson’s new film Electric Slide is a portrait of Eddie Dodson, a playboy antiques dealer with a shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, who in 1983 decided to become a bank robber. Eddie drove to the banks in a black ’63 Ford Galaxy LTD. He dressed up like an elegant criminal. He made mix tapes to listen to on his getaways. And in only nine months, Eddie robbed 64 banks – more than anyone has robbed before or since. His shop on Melrose paired classic Art Deco pieces with thrift store ephemera to create a style that was at once civilized and punk, sophisticated and irreverent. Taking its aesthetic cues from Eddie Dodson and the unique moment he occupied in L.A.’s countercultural history, director Tristan Patterson has forgone the style of straight‐ahead biopics to create a New Wave dream of a romantic outlaw seeking self‐reinvention and immortality in paradise.
Featuring music from Iggy Pop, Magazine and the Psychedelic Furs, and a score from Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), the film is both a Polaroid snapshot of 1983 Los Angeles and a love letter to a man who decided to quit reality to live full‐time in the Hollywood movie of his dreams. Electric Slide stars Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert, Vinessa Shaw and Chloë Sevigny, as well as John Doe from the legendary Los Angeles punk band X, as the cop chasing Eddie down.
Read full press kit here.