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The maestro behind Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, and the Before Trilogy had humble begins before he was swept up into the world of film. Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, which has just received its first trailer, explores Linklater’s early life as he began making movies, showing patience and care as he crafted his first feature, Slacker. From there, Dazed and Confused would make a name for the Texas boy with big ambitions, sending him on a path that would make him one of the great American directors. The trailer shows the documentary’s up-close nature with Linklater himself going through old journals and discussing his long and acclaimed career.
We said in our review, “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 »
- Mike Mazzanti
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.
- John Fink
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