Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater

Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University in 1982, to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state's capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut film, It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988). Three years later he released the Slacker, an insightful, virtually plotless look at 1990s youth culture that became a favorite on the festival circuit prior to earning vast acclaim at Sundance in 1991. Linklater's additional credits include the 70's cult hit Dazed and Confused; Before Sunrise, for which Linklater won the Berlin IFF Silver Bear Award for Best Director, in 1995. Linklater  also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. Now one of the nation’s top film organizations, the Austin Film Society shows over 200 films a year, has educational programs, and has given out over $1,500,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers, since 1996.


Woodshock (1985, short), It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Slacker (1991), Dazed and Confused (1993), Before Sunrise (1995), subUrbia (1996), The Newton Boys (1998), Waking Life (2001), Tape (2001), Live from Shiva's Dance Floor (2003, short), School of Rock (2003), Before Sunset (2004), Bad News Bears (2005), Fast Food Nation (2006), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008, doc.), Me and Orson Welles (2008), Bernie (2011), Before Midnight (2013), Boyhood (2014).

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