known for his independent
and for discovering some of today's most talented young actors (most notably in Dazed and Confused
, which launched the careers of Ben Affleck
and Matthew McConaughey
among others). Born on July 30, 1960, Linklater grew up in Houston
, Texas. He quit college to save money working on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico
before moving to Austin
, Texas, where he began his movie career.
He has no formal film education
, but he spent several years doing "technical exercises" to educate himself. He says: "I'd already worked and saved up some money, so I'd created an environment
to learn by myself. I could still go to two movies a day, I could still read, and then I could edit all night or work on stuff like lighting, editing, everything."
In 1985, Linklater founded the Austin Film Society to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. Still active as Artistic Director, the Film Society
shows over 100 films a year and in the last two years has given out $80,000 in grants
to 31 Texas filmmakers.
In 1987 Linklater completed his first film, "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow By Reading Books", and shot his first feature, "Slacker
" which was lauded on the festival
circuit in 1990, showcased at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival
, and released commercially later that year. 1993 saw the release of Linklater's Dazed and Confused
, an ensemble piece that portrays the lives of American teenagers in the '70s that quickly became a cult
Linklater's latest project is a critically acclaimed animated
film entitled Waking Life
. His production company is called Detour
Films, an excellent name for a filmmaker who has gone off the road well traveled.
Linklater also has a film that was just released, called Tape
, about three old high school friends who pass the time in a Michigan
motel room dissecting the painful memories of their high school
Linklater has also performed acting duties on varied projects, such as Spy Kids
(2001) and Beavis and Butthead do America
(1996) (voice acting).
Info culled from various interviews and the ever helpful IMDB
Update 10.20.03 - Updated filmography with latest films...