I can’t think of another contemporary filmmaker who compares to Richard Linklater. He is the living definition of an independent director, but he’s also made mainstream Hollywood movies. His films reflect his unique sensibilities whether they take place in Europe or his home base of Austin, Texas, where he has made a major contribution to the culture through his founding and nurturing of the Austin Film Society.
Think about it: Dazed and Confused, Slacker, Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Me and Orson Welles, Bernie, Boyhood and this year’s delightful Everybody Wants Some! are just a few highlights of a unique thirty-year career. It’s quite a résumé…and there’s much more to come, I’m sure.
My lifelong friend Louis Black has coproduced and codirected (with Karen Bernstein) a rewarding, highly personal documentary called Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny. It’s a warm, intimate and intelligent profile of a remarkable guy.
The documentary debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and also played South by Southwest in Austin, of course. It will appear on PBS’ American Masters next year but you don’t have to wait to see it.
Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny opens today at the IFC Film Center in New York and is also available on VOD. To learn more, click HERE.