Slacker

Slacker

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 mere $23,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. SLACKER is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.

Slacker
  • Slacker

    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 ...

Extras

  • SLACKER Introduction

    This new introduction by Richard Linklater was recorded for the SLACKER’s thirtieth anniversary in 2021.

  • SLACKER Edition Intro

  • SLACKER Richard Linklater Commentary

    This audio commentary features director Richard Linklater and was recorded in 2004.

  • SLACKER Cast Commentary

    This audio commentary features cast members Rudy Basquez (taxi driver), Louis Black (paranoid paper reader), Jerry Delony (been on the moon since the ’50s), Sarah Harman (has faith in groups), Gina Lalli (sidewalk psychic), R. Malice (Scooby-Doo philosopher), Scott Marcus (ultimate loser), Kathy ...

  • SLACKER Crew Commentary

    This audio commentary features a conversation between director Richard Linklater, director of photography Lee Daniel, and coproducer Clark Walker and was recorded in Austin in 2004.

  • Showing Life

    The overwhelming majority of cast members in SLACKER had little or no prior acting experience. Most were selected “off the street” based on a particular look or attitude. Their roles in real life were as varied as the characters they portray in the film: musicians, artists, students, astrologers,...

  • Taco and a Half After Ten

  • SLACKER Deleted Scenes

    The following is a group of fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes.

  • “...End of Interview!”

    The following footage was filmed in 2001 at the ten-year anniversary screening of SLACKER in Austin.

  • VIVA LES AMIS Trailer

  • Woodshock

    This 16 mm short film was shot by Richard Linklater and Lee Daniel in 1985.

  • It's Impossible To Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS, from 1988, was Richard Linklater’s first feature film. It was shot on Super 8 for three thousand dollars, and Linklater handled every aspect of the filmmaking process. According to the director, the film is “primarily a visual experience,” an “ob...

  • IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS Commentary

    This audio commentary features director Richard Linklater and was recorded in 2004.