A feature documentary on the life and work of filmmaker, Richard Linklater. Produced and Directed by Louis Black (founder of SXSW Festivals and the Austin Chronicle) and Karen Bernstein (...
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A feature documentary on the life and work of filmmaker, Richard Linklater. Produced and Directed by Louis Black (founder of SXSW Festivals and the Austin Chronicle) and Karen Bernstein (Emmy and Grammy Award winning documentary filmmaker), this is an unusual look at a fiercely independent style of filmmaking that arose from Austin, Texas in the 1980s/ early 90's and how Linklater's films, Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life and Boyhood, sparked a low budget, in your own backyard movement in this country and around the world.
The career of Richard Linklater is discussed as we get to hear from the man himself as well as those who have worked with him and there are even a few critics on hand. The documentary basically covers everything from SLACKERS to the making of BOYHOOD and the production of EVERYBODY WANTS SOME.
If you're a fan of LInklater then you'll certainly enjoy this documentary and especially the comments from the man himself. He relives some of his earlier movies and is constantly talking about his fears in the business and why he has pretty much stayed away from mainstream stuff. All of his movies are discussed with the exception of THE BAD NEWS BEARS, which pretty much gets overlooked.
The best thing about this documentary is that you get to see some of the early writings of the director. Apparently he kept a journal tracking all the money he spent when he first moved to Austin and this here was pretty funny to see. There are also interviews with the likes of Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Patricia Arquette, Kevin Smith and others.
Of course, Linklater probably has a lot more movies in him and I'm sure another documentary will be needed ten or twenty years from now. However, this one here is an interesting look at a very different type of filmmaker and there's no question that when you're done watching this you'll be ready to go back and watch his films again.
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