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RICHARD LINKLATER: DREAM IS DESTINY

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.

Richard Linklater on set

(Courtesy of Sundance Selects)

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.

Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, now in its third edition, as well as his thirty-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and appears regularly on Reelz Channel and Turner Classic Movies. His books include The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast, and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia. He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, is a voting member of the National Film Registry, and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He hosted and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series and has appeared on innumerable television programs and documentaries. He has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Telluride Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park. (Or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?) He holds court at leonardmaltin.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook; you can also listen to him on his weekly podcast: Maltin on Movies. — [Artwork by Drew Friedman]

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