Richard Linklater Master Class: BOYHOOD with Richard Linklater



Digital Screen Room Tue, Apr 13 6:00 PM


This event is part of the Richard Linklater Master Class. Learn more about the other events in the series. Package discounts available.

The pandemic has turned our collective sense of time inside out: disrupting routines, lengthening days, and obliterating the calendar’s familiar touchstones. It’s the perfect moment to delve into the work of Richard Linklater, the American filmmaker who has spent his career exploring (and manipulating) the passage of time.

In such films as SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, WAKING LIFE, TAPE, the BEFORE trilogy, and BOYHOOD, Linklater has stretched and compressed the way we experience time—both as a function of watching movies and as a means of making them. Often he has scrunched all of the action of a  movie into a single, dreamlike sweep; sometimes a single day, sometimes a series of single days. Once, thrillingly, he stretched it into twelve years of real life captured in two-plus hours. 

For this three-week Movie Madness Master Class, we’ll take an in-depth look at Linklater’s filmography. We’ll be joined by Richard Linklater; Melissa Maerz, author of Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused; and bestselling author Shawn Levy.

We can't provide the films themselves, but all are easily rentable on major streaming platforms. The classes will be streamed via Vimeo, and attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guests via chat.

Please contact if you have questions about accessibility.

BOYHOOD: Filmed over the course of 12 years, BOYHOOD follows a boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), as he passes through childhood and adolescence to the brink of leaving home for college. As Mason ages and evolves, so do his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar in the role, and Linklater stalwart Ethan Hawke). The result is a breathtaking vision of lives evolving in both time-lapse and real time.

About our special guest: Richard Linklater is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose films include the Before trilogy, DAZED AND CONFUSED, WAKING LIFE, BOYHOOD, and many others. He lives in Austin, where he founded the Austin Film Society in 1985.