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RICHARD LINKLATER (Director, Screenwriter) is the filmmaker responsible for
such films as Dazed
and Confused (1993), regarded as a coming-of-age classic; Before Sunrise (1995),
for which he won the
Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award for Best Director; Before Sunset, which
earned him an Academy
Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; and Boyhood (2014), which won
multiple BAFTA and
Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for actress Patricia Arquette. He
also directed such diverse
films as Western/gangster picture The Newton Boys (1998), animated feature
Waking Life (2001), realtime
drama Tape (2001), hit comedy School of Rock and, most recently, Everybody Wants
In 1991 Linklater's made his breakthrough with Slacker, an experimental
narrative revolving around 24
hours in the lives of 100 characters. By then he had already made many shorts
and completed a Super 8
feature, It's Impossible to Learn to Plow By Reading Books (1988).
Other film credits include Suburbia (1997), Bad News Bears (2005), A Scanner
Darkly (2006), Fast Food
Nation (2006), Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008), Me and Orson
Welles (2009), Bernie (2012)
and Before Midnight (2013). On the small screen, he created and directed the
2012 travel show "Up to
Speed" and executive-produces the "School of Rock" television series.
Linklater 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 screened in Austin. Now one
of the nation's top film
organizations, the Austin Film Society shows hundreds of films a year, operates
educational programs and
since 1996 has given out more than $1.5 million in grants to Texas filmmakers.
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