Directed by Richard Linklater

Directed by Richard Linklater

15 Episodes

For more than three decades, Richard Linklater has maintained a fierce creative independence—forged in the vibrant alternative scene of Austin, Texas—across boundary-pushing microbudget experiments and major studio projects alike. Selected by the director himself, this tour through his filmography encompasses everything from a loose-limbed 1920s heist romp (THE NEWTON BOYS) to an animated science-fiction head-trip (A SCANNER DARKLY) to a ripped-from-the-headlines dark comedy (BERNIE), bringing together unsung gems and modern classics. Though his work zigs and zags unpredictably, it’s united by an abiding fascination with the complexities of human connection and the inexorability of time’s passage—whether it be across one day (as in his Gen X anthem SLACKER) or more than a decade (as in his twelve-years-in-the-making magnum opus BOYHOOD). Mixing features, rare short films, documentaries, and experimental works, this personal selection of Linklateriana reveals the remarkable breadth and depth of one of contemporary cinema’s most restlessly innovative voices.

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Directed by Richard Linklater
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    Episode 1

  • Slacker

    Episode 2

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 1991 • United States
    Starring Richard Linklater, Kathy McCarty, Rudy Basquez

    SLACKER, directed by Richard Linklater, presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and overeducated young people. Shooting on 16 mm for a ...

  • Heads I Win/Tails You Lose

    Episode 3

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 1991 • United States

    This experimental video consists solely of film leaders—countdowns used by motion-picture projectionists to cue reel changes—submitted to the Austin Film Society between 1987 and 1990 and edited together by Richard Linklater.

  • SubUrbia

    Episode 4

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 1997 • United States
    Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Parker Posey, Steve Zahn

    Eric Bogosian adapts his hit stage play for the screen with acclaimed director Richard Linklater in this drama inspired by their own experiences. When a famous rock star (Jayce Bartok) visits ...

  • Tape

    Episode 5

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2001 • United States
    Starring Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman

    Filmed on digital video within the confines of a motel room with a cast of just three actors, Richard Linklater’s TAPE turns stylistic limitations into gripping psychodrama. In a cheap hot...

  • A Scanner Darkly

    Episode 6

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2006 • United States
    Starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson

    In a not-too-distant future where America has lost its “war” on drugs, Fred (Keanu Reeves), an undercover cop obsessed with taking down a notorious drug dealer, is one of many people hooked ...

  • Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach

    Episode 7

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2008 • United States
    Starring Augie Garrido, Cathy Clark, Roger Clemens

    Richard Linklater’s profile of legendary University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido, until 2018 the winningest coach in the history of college baseball, goes beyond his remarkable achiev...

  • Me and Orson Welles

    Episode 8

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2009 • United States
    Starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes

    Richard Linklater tells the ribald tale of a single week that changed theater, film, and American culture forever—a story of the founding of the Mercury Theatre, seven days of mass marital infi...

  • Bernie

    Episode 9

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2011 • United States
    Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey

    A stranger-than-fiction true story provides the basis for this arrestingly offbeat black comedy from Richard Linklater. Bernie (a marvelous Jack Black) is a much-loved mortician in sma...

  • Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

    Episode 10

    Directed by Gabe Klinger • 2013 • United States
    Starring Richard Linklater, James Benning, Sandra Adair

    The longtime personal and professional connection between Richard Linklater and revered experimental filmmaker James Benning began in the 1980s, when Linklater programmed Benning’s films at th...

  • Boyhood

    Episode 11

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2014 • United States
    Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

    There has never been another movie like BOYHOOD, from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the course of twelve years in the director’s native...

  • Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny

    Episode 12

    Directed by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein • 2016 • United States
    Starring Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

  • Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor

    Episode 13

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2003 • United States
    Starring Timothy “Speed” Levitch

    The singular poet and modern-day philosopher Timothy “Speed” Levitch ruminates on life in post-9/11 New York City.

  • Fire Ted Cruz

    Episode 14

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2018 • United States

    In 2018 Richard Linklater wrote and directed these five humorous and pointed political attack ads aimed at ousting Senator Ted Cruz. The actor featured in the spots is Sonny Carl Davis, who appears in Linklater’s BERNIE and stars in Eagle Penn...

  • Another Day at the Office

    Episode 15

    Directed by Richard Linklater • 2019 • France
    Starring Richard Linklater, Brittaney Ortiz, Sophia Bernard

    As part of his 2019 Pompidou career retrospective, Richard Linklater was, in the museum’s tradition, commissioned to make a short film answering the question “Where do you stand?” It’s a cha...