More Richard Linklater Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Before Sunset)Richard Linklater is known for his independent-spirited filmmaking and for discovering some of today's most talented actors.
Before Slacker, an experimental narrative revolving around 24 hours in the lives of 100 characters, garnered acclaim in 1991, Linklater had made many shorts and completed a Super 8 feature, It's Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books (1988).
Linklater's additional credits include the 70's cult hit Dazed and Confused (1993); Before Sunrise (1995), for which Linklater won the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award for Best Director; Suburbia (1997); The Newton Boys (1998), a western/gangster film set in the 1920s; the animated feature Waking Life (2001); the low-budget, real-time drama Tape (2001); the short film Live From Shiva's Dance Floor and the hit comedy School Of Rock (2003).
Linklater, born in Houston, Texas, on July 30, 1960, also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. The Austin Film Society continues to show over 100 films a year and has given out $403,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers since 1997. In 1999, the Austin Film Society received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Before Sunset" (20-Aug-2004)
Biography #3 (for School of Rock)Richard Linklater, one of the most successful and unique talents to emerge from the independent film movement of the 1990s, made his feature film debut with Slacker, an insightful look at disaffected youth culture.
The Texas-based filmmaker's other films include the hit comedy Dazed and Confused, which Linklater also wrote, Before Sunrise, which garnered him the Best Director Award at
the Berlin International Film Festival, the comedy ensemble film SubUrbia, based on Eric Bogosian's play, The Newton Boys, starring Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich and Ethan Hawke, the critically acclaimed animation fantasy Waking Life, from Linklater's original screenplay, and Tape, based on Stephen Belber's .provocative one-act play and starring Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman.
Linklater also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. In 1999, the Austin Film Society received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts.
Bio courtesy Paramount for "School of Rock" (01-Jan-2000)
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