The film focuses on the life and work of Patrick Cowley; a singular producer of dance music who pioneered the San Francisco Sound of the late 1970s. Drawing on a long form interview with Maurice Tani (one of Patrick’s early musical partners), polyvalent editing creates a textured and intimate portrait of Cowley’s brief yet intensely creative life.
“From atmospheric arrangements to highly infectious, otherworldly dance tunes, Patrick Cowley’s sounds become the narrative centrepiece to retelling his life story. Luke Fowler’s cinematography radiates with warmth and sensitivity for Cowley’s lived experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and its 1970’s club scene. With this, Patrick stands as a testament for an ingenious artist and his profound and lasting influence on dance music.”
— Clara Helbig