In the 1980s, Richard Linklater dropped out of college, worked on an oil rig and saved enough money to buy a Super-8 camera. He settled in Austin, Texas, began making experimental films and helped inspire the independent film movement of the 1990s. Though now established in Hollywood, Linklater has remained close to Austin and to his origins as a contemplative filmmaker.

Slacker (1991)

Linklater’s camera meanders through a hot, summer day in Austin, passing by intellectuals and artists, dropouts and burnouts, anarchists and nihilists. The decentered plot, the long takes and lengthy conversations embody the very withdrawal and weariness of these intelligent characters.

Before Sunrise (1995)

A French girl and an American guy meet on a train to Vienna. They start talking and decide to roam through the city. Their burgeoning love unfolds over the afternoon, evening and night — a romance that must end with their departing trains the next morning.

Waking Life (2001)

Recorded on video and rotoscoped into hallucinogenic animation, a boy floats from one philosophical, surreal dream to another, unsure where the ground of reality may be.

Fast Food Nation (2006)

An adaptation of the exposé, Linklater mixes several stories and social positions to show all the rancid and unseemly ingredients of the fast-food industry.

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