Luke Fowler

Patrick, 2020

16mm to digital, stereo sound, colour, 21mins

PATRICK is made entirely from 16mm film and sound recordings produced during a residency at Headlands Centre for the arts, Marin County. The film focuses on the life and work of Patrick Cowley; a singular producer of dance music who pioneered the hi-NRG “San Francisco Sound” in the late 1970s. Drawing on a long form interview with Maurice Tani (one of Patrick’s early musical partners) Patrick deploys the methodology of polyvalent editing to create a textured and intimate portrait of Cowley’s brief yet intensely creative life; a life which traversed an incredibly rich cultural moment in San Francisco, in which disco music, sexual freedom and gay, activist politics all began to flourish.