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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Jenn Wexler — “The Ranger”

The Ranger

Jenn Wexler is a writer-director and a producer for NYC’s Glass Eye Pix. Her producing credits include “Darling,” “Like Me,” and “Most Beautiful Island.” “The Ranger” is her directorial debut.

The Ranger” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 12.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jw: Punk kids from the city clash with an overzealous park ranger in a candy-colored, retro-style horror/thriller.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Jw: I’m a huge fan of ’80s punk movies like “The Return of the Living Dead,” and “Class of 1984,” and the teen slashers of the late ’90s are largely responsible for my personality, so I wanted to create a comic-book-style slasher film that encapsulated these influences.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Jw: On one level, “The Ranger
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On The Corner of Lookout and Wonderland: A Profile of Penelope Spheeris in Present Day Los Angeles

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Photo courtesy of Penelope SpheerisOn a Saturday morning in Los Angeles I found myself on the corner of Lookout and Wonderland. As cars zoomed by giving me the “what are you doing here” side-eye and adult men walking tiny dogs surrounded me with their faux-friendly, suspicious waves, I felt superficially like one of the gutter punks—out of place, but unapologetically present—in the films of the director for whom I was patiently waiting curbside, the undisputed Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Filmmakers: Penelope Spheeris. Earlier in the week, Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, 1981; Suburbia, 1983; Wayne’s World, 1992) asked me to meet her on this seemingly random street corner in Laurel Canyon where she promised to pick me up in her silver Escalade and take us up the long, winding path to her new home—currently under construction—so that we might converse on the balcony while overlooking the peaceful,
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Everything Sucks! A Master Class in Music Cues

If there’s one thing Netflix knows, it’s nostalgia. The “Most Popular” section is populated by a steady stream of classic sitcoms like The Office, Arrested Development, and Friends. Their original content has also leaned heavily on viewers’ fondness of yesteryear. Their biggest hit, Stranger Things, hit all the same buttons as 80s mega-hits like E.T. and The Goonies. Their newest coming-of-age dramedy guns hard for 1990s sentimentality—and nails it perfectly. In the first two minutes of the show, I was transported back to growing up in 90s Suburbia. I walked the same hallways, having the same arguments about the Star Wars prequels, wearing the same style clothes, navigating

Everything Sucks! A Master Class in Music Cues
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‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film
Anyone who knows independent film history also knows “Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes,” a memoir by seminal producer’s rep John Pierson of his role in launching the careers of filmmakers such as Kevin Smith, Spike Lee, and Richard Linklater. Between 1997 and 2001, Pierson had a new way to spotlight talented filmmakers with IFC’s “Split Screen.” Now FilmStruck has acquired “Split Screen” streaming rights and, starting this Saturday, the original episodes will become available, with six episodes added every six weeks. Pierson spoke to IndieWire by phone and shared his thoughts as to why the show still belongs on your radar.

The Late ’90s Were an Optimistic Moment

Whether it’s showing somebody you know, somebody you should know, or somebody you may never know because we featured some wacky people who never went anywhere — that sense of optimism permeates most everything we did. To me, this is a nice
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John Pierson’s ‘Split Screen’: FilmStruck Announces New Streaming Home For Seminal Television Series

John Pierson’s ‘Split Screen’: FilmStruck Announces New Streaming Home For Seminal Television Series
For two years back in the late nineties and early aughts, producer, author and all-around film lover John Pierson hit the road alongside his own group of fellow cinephiles to explore the filmmaking scene in a variety of venues and with a ton of exciting guests.

The venture resulted in his beloved television series “Split Screen,” which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2000, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

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While the series has long been available online in bits and pieces, it’s now bound for a brand new internet home, where it will be available in all its wild glory,
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Ranked: The Best Characters In Richard Linklater's Movies

Austin, Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater helped define the 1990s American indie scene with “Slacker,” a loose collection of conversations with real and invented personalities from the local Austin scene. That first film set a pattern for the filmmaker, who often employs large casts to create sprawling slice of life portraits. The lineup in “Dazed and Confused” could overwhelm a “best characters” list from many other filmmakers, and then there are the “Before” trilogy, “Boyhood,” and the new “Everybody Wants Some!!” to consider, among many others. Read More: SXSW Review: Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ With Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch & More While often an author of his own scripts, Linklater has adapted material by Eric Bogosian (“SubUrbia”), Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”), Stephen Belber (“Tape”), Philip K. Dick (“A Scanner Darkly”), and Bill Lancaster (“Bad News Bears”). Even in those cases, the director’s methods and style...
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[Sundance Review] Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

Premiering at Sundance 25 years after his seminal second feature film, Slacker, Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, produced for the PBS series American Masters, is the kind of documentary that requires little introduction. Borrowing its title from the opening moments of his Waking Life — a film that itself represented a rebirth for the Austin-based filmmaker following his second studio feature The Newton Boys — and combining behind-the-scenes footage from many of Linklater’s films (from Slacker to his upcoming Everybody Wants Some) with a history of Austin’s independent film scene, as developed by Linklater and the Austin Film Society, the picture reflectively weaves together a history of a master filmmaker whose work is squarely interested in the passage of time. The picture includes commentary by the late Siskel and Ebert, along with critic / scholar Kent Jones and, very briefly, Kevin Smith.

Directed by Louis Black (SXSW and Austin Chronicle founder) and Karen Bernstein,
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21 Years: Richard Linklater Review

To American audiences exploring the indie film scene in the 1990s, few names mattered as much as Richard Linklater’s. One of Generation X’s essential voices, Linklater’s idiosyncratic dialogue-driven efforts – Slacker, Before Sunrise, Dazed & Confused, to name a few – struck a nerve among film fans across the country and beyond. On the verge of earning his first Oscar nomination for Best Director for the coming-of-adolescence masterwork Boyhood, the indie underdog is finally starting to reap the praises he has deserved since starting his career nearly 25 years ago.

Boyhood brought the writer/director virtually unanimous praise from critics and audiences. In the wake of that film’s success, though, a light career retrospective of Linklater’s principal work from the new documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, feels superfluous. It is easy to figure out why he is such an essential director to audiences craving original material, to the actors he
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The Films of Richard Linklater: Ranked From Best to Worst

The Films of Richard Linklater: Ranked From Best to Worst
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.

At a certain point late into the movie,
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Movie Review – Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood, 2014.

Written and Directed by Richard Linklater.

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke.


The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.

Filmmaking doesn’t get much better than Boyhood. It’s a unique experience and if there’s one thing which will make you happier than the film itself, it’s the very fact that it got made.

Seriously, we should be truly thankful for Richard Linklater and the films he gives us. I see his work as gifts rather than simply film releases; whether that is Dazed and Confused, SubUrbia, Tape, or the incomparable Before Trilogy, his films transcend expectations of what can be achieved when a director works on his own terms and strives to be different whilst never being untrue to himself. He makes the films he wants to make and the stories he wants to tell, never taking
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Gotham Awards to Honor Richard Linklater With a Director Tribute

Gotham Awards to Honor Richard Linklater With a Director Tribute
The Independent Filmmaker Project will honor Richard Linklater with its Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, set for Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Linklater, whose most recent film is this year’s Before Midnight, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, has been making films since 1988's It’s Impossible to Plow by Reading Books. He made his name with 1991’s Slacker and 1993’s Dazed and Confused. His credits also include Suburbia, The Newton Boys, The Waking Life, Bad News Bears, A Scanner Darkly and

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Ranking the Films of Director Richard Linklater

Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the most successful talents to emerge from the new wave of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour time period – and with non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences – Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum.” In the early 1990s, his debut feature Slacker was hailed as something of a manifesto for Generation X, and ever since, the filmmaker has earned a loyal fan-base world wide with such hits as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise. As big fans of the filmmaker, the Sound On Sight staff decided to vote on our ten favourite films from the director.

Note: There was two ties.


10: Suburbia

Originally a play by performance-artist Eric Bogosian (who also wrote the script), Suburbia is a character driven mood piece, which delves into the hearts and minds of a group of young adults.
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We get older, Richard Linklater’s ‘Slacker’ stays the same age


Directed by Richard Linklater

Written by Richard Linklater

1991, USA

In 1990, Slacker put Richard Linklater and Austin Texas in the spotlight. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars and wrote, “Slacker is a movie with an appeal almost impossible to describe, although the method of the director, Richard Linklater, is as clear as day”.

Slacker came out around the same time that Douglas Coupland released his book, Generation X, and the young filmmaker became an instant spokesperson for an entire generation. While Generation X as a whole sometimes seemed to lack direction, its filmmakers devoted their early careers to making powerful statements about contemporary society and their generation’s role in it. Linklater (Suburbia, Dazed and Confused) emerged as the reluctant messenger for a generation labeled, packaged and sold as a defiant demographic dedicated to shredding whatever classification society tried to mark them as. Nominated for the
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Exclusive 1:1 Interview with Before Midnight Director Richard Linklater!

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Richard Linklater has always been a favorite of mine. From the classic high school flick Dazed And Confused to the engaging Suburbia, he has always found a way to tap into his characters with an honest edge. Yet it is Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and his latest, Before Midnight that really manage to convey love, relationships and the simple power of connecting with somebody in a fascinating and satisfying way. When I spoke to this incredibly talented writer/director, we talked about the...
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Sundance Curiosities: Why Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight' Will Be a Hit at the Festival -- And Beyond

Sundance Curiosities: Why Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight' Will Be a Hit at the Festival -- And Beyond
Richard Linklater was heralded as a major new American filmmaker with his first feature "Slacker" in 1991, and he's never really slowed down. While delivering the occasional mixed bag ("SubUrbia," "Tape"), he destroyed any expectations of a sophomore slump with the still-potent "Dazed and Confused," then deepened his brand with the grandest achievement of his career to date, "Before Sunrise." It wasn't so much that this brooding two-hander romance starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke embroiled in philosophical chatter over the course of a single memorable night broke new ground; rather, it had the audacity to make peace with its simple premise and imbue it with profound ideas. Having established a formula that works -- strong, likable characters + intellectual debate = uniquely thrilling cinema about the nuances of human behavior -- Linklater again capitalized on the concept with the equally well-received sequel...
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The Best Non-'Twilight' Movies Starring 'Twilight' Actors

The Best Non-'Twilight' Movies Starring 'Twilight' Actors
Robert Pattinson didn't always lust for blood. Taylor Lautner only recently started removing his shirt all the time. Granted Kristen Stewart usually runs her fingers through her hair and bites her lip, but not always as Bella.

Believe it or not, the stars of "Twilight" do act in other movies. In fact, the most forward thinking Cullen, Ashley Greene has "The Apparition" out this week.

So in honor of the Ashley Greene movie that doesn't involve fangs, here are our favorite movies starring the cast of "Twilight."


Despite recent—ummm—parallels people have drawn between "Adventureland" and a few current events, this is a movie that examines relations of all kinds in a more adult way than any of the tabloids have. Jesse Eisenberg does his best Jesse Eisenberg opposite Kristen Stewart, doing her best Kristen Stewart, but the two young actors have genuine, albeit awkward, chemistry and portray
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The Films Of Richard Linklater: A Retrospective

Given that he's one of the more diverse and prolific filmmakers out there, it's been a disappointingly long four years without a new movie from Richard Linklater ("Me and Orson Welles" premiered at Tiff in 2008). Fortunately, the Austin, Texas-based filmmaker is back with "Bernie," a dark comedy which reunites him with two of his most memorable leads, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, that has picked up strong reviews and, opening in limited release last Friday, has been performing surprisingly well at the box office.

With "Bernie" expanding wider this weekend (read our review), it seemed like the perfect time to look over Linklater's diverse and eclectic career. He'd already made his mark by founding the Austin Film Society in 1985 (which has gone on to be the center of the industy in the Texas city), but since his debut with an ultra-low-budget student film in 1988, Linklater's tackled everything from romance to
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SXSW '12: Richard Linklater & Randall Poster Talk Inspirations, Soundtracks & The Songs That Got Away

Yesterday at the SXSW Film Festival, we sat in on a panel consisting, mostly, of a laid back conversation between filmmaker Richard Linklater (whose new film "Bernie" played the fest) and legendary music supervisor Randall Poster (he has two movies in the theaters right now, "Friends With Kids" and "The Vow," he produced the LCD Soundsystem documentary "Shut Up And Play The Hits" which played SXSW and just picked up an Emmy for his work on Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire"). The two had worked together before, most notably on "School of Rock," and the hour-long chat was breezy and informative, giving off the feeling of two old friends catching up and sharing stories. There was also a fair bit of prickliness (one of the first things Linklater groaned was, "That was when they actually put out soundtracks").

One of the more fun aspects of the panel was that Linklater
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Austin Cinematic Limits: Austin Takes Sundance By Storm [Again]

I promise not to begin every Austin Cinematic Limits post with a discussion on Richard Linklater’s significance to Austin’s filmmaking community, but he is an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to Austin’s long-standing relationship with the Sundance Film Festival. Other Austin filmmakers may have traveled with films to Sundance before him (though I am not sure who they are), but Linklater deserves the credit for initially spraying Austin’s mark on the snowy slopes of Sundance with his regional premiere of Slacker in 1991 — and Linklater did not end his relationship with Sundance there, as he holds the distinction of being the Austin director who has screened the most feature films at Sundance (Slacker [1991], Before Sunrise [1995], SubUrbia [1996], Waking Life [2001] and Tape [2001]). Ever since Linklater plowed that initial path in January 1991, Austin filmmakers have frequented the silver screens at Sundance year after year. In fact, no matter how you define an Austin filmmaker
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Cheap shots: Microbudget film-makers

In 1991 two films changed the landscape of indie cinema by making the frugality of the budget a selling point. Where are the microbudget film directors now?

Hollywood has always operated on the principle that more is more: each time the most expensive film ever made arrives in cinemas, budgetary extravagance becomes a major selling point. But 20 years ago, the Us independent sector stumbled upon its own marketing equivalent: the microbudget. Suddenly it became apparent that a film's financial shortcomings could be exploited to its advantage.

In 1991, two films changed the landscape of indie cinema and the way in which it was sold. Richard Linklater's Slacker, which drops in on around 100 misfits and eccentrics during 24 hours in Austin, Texas, and Matty Rich's Straight Out of Brooklyn, a tale of young no-hopers in New York's housing projects, marked the start of a phenomenon – frugality as a marketing hook

Neither were the
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