Highlighting one of the most innovative American directors, this film reveals the path traveled by the auteur from his small-town Texas roots to his warm reception on the awards circuit. Long before he directed Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s intense desire to create fueled his work outside the Hollywood system. Rather than leave Texas, he chose to collaborate with like-minded artists crafting modest, low-budget films in a DIY style. His ability to showcase realistic characters and tell honest stories was evident from his films, and others soon took notice of his raw talent.
Directors Louis Black and Karen Bernstein weave illuminating discussions with Linklater amongst testimonies from faithful actors, longtime crew members, and industry professionals who weigh in on his upward trajectory from Slacker to the Sunrise trilogy. Throughout his career, Linklater has worked with a core group of artists, raising the profile of both actors and the burgeoning independent film scene in Austin. This thoughtful examination of a groundbreaking filmmaker serves as a celebration of a rare talent.
In 1980, Louis Black co-founded The Austin Chronicle, an independent news weekly, and in 1987 he helped launch the SXSW film festival and conference, where he is now a senior director. Black has produced several documentary features, including Margaret Brown's Be Here to Love Me and the Peabody Award–winning The Order of Myths, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
A mid-life documentary director, Karen Bernstein has credits including Producing Light and Are the Kids Alright?, both of which have won Emmy Awards, and transFIGURATION. As producer for PBS's American Masters in the 1990s, Bernstein received an Emmy Award for a film on Ella Fitzgerald and a Grammy for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.