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RICHARD LINKLATER (Director­Screenwriter) 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). All of his films have been produced under the banner of his company, Detour Filmproduction.

Linklater's additional writing and directing credits include "Dazed and Confused" (1993), the Seventies cult hit; "Before Sunrise" (1995), for which Linklater won the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award for Best Director, and "SubUrbia" (1997), based on the Eric Bogosian play.

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.


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