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AMERICAN MASTERS: Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny

Airs Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Noon on KPBS TV

Richard Linklater

Credit: Courtesy of Black / Bernstein Productions

Above: Richard Linklater

Features never-before-seen archival footage and new interviews with Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Jack Black and others

Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard Linklater (b. July 30, 1960) is all these things and more.

Boasting a trove of never-before-seen archival footage, AMERICAN MASTERS “Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny” provides an unconventional look at the fiercely independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and 1990s with Linklater as its poster boy.

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Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard Linklater is all these things and more, a poster boy for the fiercely independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Early writings from Linklater’s journals, telling interviews shot at his home and cinéma vérité footage from the set of “Everybody Wants Some!!” reveal his fearless approach and the extent to which his filmmaking existed, and continues to exist, decidedly outside of the production power bases of Hollywood and New York.

Bringing a film to life with "Everybody Wants Some"

Visit the set of "Everybody Wants Some" and take a look into the strategy of Richard Linklater's direction. In the six weeks before filming, the entire cast rehearsed together, getting to know their characters and their rapport as a group.

Clips from his most beloved films, including “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” the “Before” trilogy and “Boyhood,” and new interviews with actors and collaborators Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Julie Delpy and Kevin Smith, as well as colleagues and friends, including Kent Jones, John Pierson and the late Jonathan Demme, demonstrate his collaborative spirit and process.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Michael Greene

AMERICAN MASTERS "Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny” features cinéma vérité footage of Richard Linklater from the set of his film “Everybody Wants Some!!”

Co-directed by Karen Bernstein, AMERICAN MASTERS "Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny" marks the directorial debut of The Austin Chronicle editor and SXSW co-founder Louis Black.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Black / Bernstein Productions

Richard Linklater and co-director/co-producer Louis Black on the set of AMERICAN MASTERS "Richard Linklater – dream is destiny” looking through Linklater’s journals.

An original board member of the Austin Film Society founded by Linklater, who still serves as its artistic director, Black has long been a staple in the Austin filmmaking community and the extent to which he is inseparable from his subject is palpable throughout the documentary, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

FILMMAKER QUOTES:

“This film is not just about Richard Linklater and his films but the spirit and need of independent filmmakers and films, emphatically saying to all: just do it! Go and make your film!” said Louis Black.

“Having worked for AMERICAN MASTERS in the 1990s, I knew that Richard Linklater would add new meaning to that pantheon of greatness in the arts, and am grateful to Michael Kantor and his staff for recognizing this as well,” said Karen Bernstein, who produced AMERICAN MASTERS documentaries on Lou Reed, Ella Fitzgerald, Juilliard and others.

“Since bursting on the scene 26 years ago, Richard Linklater keeps reinventing the form of feature filmmaking. His astounding work has inspired not only audiences, but a whole independent film movement,” said Michael Kantor, AMERICAN MASTERS series executive producer.

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This film is available to view on demand through Oct. 1, 2017. Extend your viewing window with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members ($60 yearly) using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Black / Bernstein Productions

Richard Linklater and co-director/co-producer Louis Black on the set of AMERICAN MASTERS "Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny.”

CREDITS:

The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel. AMERICAN MASTERS "Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny" is a production of Black / Bernstein Productions LLC. Louis Black and Karen Bernstein are directors. Karen Bernstein, Louis Black and Dawn Johnson are producers. Nevie Owens is editor. David Layton is director of photography. Alan Berg, Abe Zimmerman, John and Amy McCall, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Michael Kantor are executive producers.

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