Self-taught writer/director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period, Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the twenty-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood firmament. Born in Houston, TX, in 1960, Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state’s capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut short film, 1987’s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books. Three years later he released the sprawling… read more
He's one of the few filmmakers that inspire me to want to grab the nearest camera and go out and make movies! That's why I constantly say he is one of the best working American filmmakers because very few filmmakers inspire that out of their audience. Its one of the problems about film elitism (and to a lesser degree, auteur theory). It makes filmmaking seem so exclusive. Let's tear down these walls and just make movies, guys.