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.