All right, all right, all right. It’s the last day of school in the summer of ’76, and the kids of Lee High School are busting loose. As the long Texas night settles in, the kids bounce from a busted house party to a pool hall to a field-kegger for the ages, all while debating life’s immortal questions—Who am I? When will I get out of this podunk town? Where’s the beer?
The festival is thrilled to be presenting not only a documentary about one of the all-time great independent filmmakers—Richard Linklater - dream is destiny—but is equally excited about screening his seminal film Dazed and Confused along with live commentary from Linklater and moderated by acclaimed director Jason Reitman. Get insider information on one of the most quotable films of all-time, which boasts an incredible cast of then mostly unknowns who later went on to become household names. While the film is screening, Linklater and Reitman will share fun stories, behind-the-scenes details, and filmmaker insights in real time.
Jason Reitman is an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker who is currently producing the Hulu series Casual. Reitman made his feature film debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival with Thank You For Smoking. He notably earned Academy Award–nominations for directing Juno and Up in the Air. His other films include Young Adult, Labor Day, and Men, Women and Children. He also executive produced the Academy Award-winning film Whiplash.
Screenwriter/filmmaker Richard Linklater has directed 18 feature films. He also serves as the artistic director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world. The Austin Film Society has given out over $1,500,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers and in 1999, received the DGA Honor which was given by the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts.