A feature-length documentary on the life and work of filmmaker, Richard Linklater. Produced and Directed by Louis Black (founder of SXSW Festivals and the Austin Chronicle), this documentary for PBS’ American Masters series is an unusual look at a fiercely independent style of filmmaking that arose from Austin, Texas in the 1980s/ early 90’s. It is an unconventional look at how Linklater’s films of that period, Slacker, Dazed and Confused and Before Sunrise, sparked a low budget, in your own backyard movement in this country and around the world.
This documentary takes the viewer from the Academy Awards for the acclaimed, Boyhood, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of Linklater’s latest films, Everybody Wants Some, released by Paramount and Annapurna Pictures in the Spring of 2016. Throughout the film, Richard Linklater himself addresses his own life at mid-career point, at times while embarrassed and shy. He tells of the influential array of filmmakers, playwrights and criminals that continue to form his own independent work, and the philosophical modalities which have guided the path; all in conversation with Louis Black, an Austin-based journalist who has known him since the 1980’s.
Other interviews include Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Jonathan Demme, Sandra Adair, Julie Delpy, members of the Linklater family, Clark Walker and more.