FAST FOOD NATION
Before writer/director RICHARD LINKLATER made SLACKER, an experimental narrative revolving
around 24 hours in the lives of 100 characters, which garnered acclaim in 1991, he 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); 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 documentary LIVE FROM SHIVA'S DANCE FLOOR (2003): the hit comedy
SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003); the critically-acclaimed BEFORE SUNSET (2004); the television pilot
"$5.15/Hr.ā€¯ and the irreverent comedy BAD NEWS BEARS (2005). In addition to FAST FOOD
NATION, he also directed an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A SCANNER DARKLY this year.
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. The Austin Film
Society shows over100 films a year and has given out $550,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers. 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.
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