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Sundance: Samuel Klemke's Time Machine Is the Sad Sequel to Boyhood

25 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST

Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender on a high. His star, eighteen-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school and was ready to conquer the world. But what if Linklater had kept filming? And what if Mason wasn't an actor, but a real teenage boy? Meet Samuel Klemke. He, too, was the creative kid in class. But Sam was even more ambitious and outgoing. In high school in the Seventies, Sam got a video camera and began recording everything himself—no Oscar-nominated director required. Starting in 1977, the year he turned nineteen, Sam's hobby became a vow: At the end of every year, he'd film a diary entry about the last twelve months. “The purpose of all of this is to stimulate growth and improvement,” Sam explained. “It can »

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