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Featurette: The Making of Boyhood

Featured / Film / January / Mind / December 11, 2014

Courtesy of IFC Films, this 10-minute featurette video covers the span of 12 years in the making. 12 years in 10 minutes. I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Linklater on two separate occasions; once at the San Antonio Museum of Art for a “Waking Life” screening (plus Q&A), and once more at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards in 2012. Both times he was most humbling and even offered to introduce me to Matthew McConaughey (unfortunately Matthew wasn’t in a talking mood).

Many know him for his directorial role in Dazed and Confused, a snapshot of a long-lost Austin attempting to define itself in a new age of suburban existentialism. However his real contribution to cinema was his earlier film Slacker (1991), a film that’s registered in the National Film Registry. This film follows 40 separate characters and multiple stories within bohemian Austin, with what appears to be a plot-less film. What it represented was a decentralization of character and of place, a witness to the mobility of time and space through a discourse of political and social issues which may be more relevant than ever. 

It’s this mobility of time and space which appears again in his latest film, Boyhood. A film that defies tradition and our understanding of cinema as an art form. 

Considered “one of the most extraordinary movies of the 21st century” by the New York Times, it goes behind the scenes with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and more, defying our understanding of cinema as we know it.  What we witness is a more accurate truth of cinema, it transcends time.

The film is currently available NOW on Digital Download (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play etc)
January 6 – DVD/Blu-Ray/Cable Video On Demand
 
BOYHOOD Synopsis:
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a feature-length film about growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood, parenting and growing up. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations – and all the moments in between – are set to a soundtrack spanning the years with music from Coldplay, Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire.

Written by Rick Canfield

Rick Canfield

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School of Public Engagement and now attends the MS in Media Management program. Member of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalist, Richard freelances for various publications within and outside of San Antonio. Aside from film, he also enjoys art, video games, science fiction, retrofuturism, Mesoamerica, social activism, and computer graphics.


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Rick Canfield
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School of Public Engagement and now attends the MS in Media Management program. Member of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalist, Richard freelances for various publications within and outside of San Antonio. Aside from film, he also enjoys art, video games, science fiction, retrofuturism, Mesoamerica, social activism, and computer graphics.




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