The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards air LIVE on Sat, Feb 21 5p ET/2p PT. Also at 7:30p, following the awards, catch Boyhood: 12 Years on Film – a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking film.
Boyhood is up for several Independent Spirit Awards, but the film is just one chapter of director Richard Linklater’s diverse career. Here are some things you might not realize about the Texas-born filmmaker.
7. He Shot Part of Slacker with a Toy Camera
The rambling, plotless Slacker captured the 90s zeitgeist and made Linklater a director to watch, but one of the strangest decisions in the movie was to film the bar scene with a Fisher-Price PixelVision camera, which recorded onto audio cassettes.
6. Before Sunrise Is Based on a True Story
Linklater’s intimate romantic drama was actually based on a real evening the director had in Philadelphia with a woman he met in a toy shop.
5. His Classmates Sued Him
In October of 2004, three of Linklater’s high school classmates took him to court over Dazed & Confused, claiming that characters in the film were based on them and damaged their reputation. The suit was dismissed.
4. He Inspired Kevin Smith to Make Movies
Watching Slacker at a midnight screening inspired New Jersey’s favorite filmmaking son to start work on Clerks, and the rest is history.
3. Waking Life Is Based on One of His Dreams
2. Actors Drank Real Beer in Dazed & Confused
Linklater insisted that all the actors of legal drinking age actually down beers when they drank on-screen, and only Jason London refused.
1. He Let a Murderer Live in His Garage
Bernie Tiede, the subject of Linklater’s Jack Black-starring Bernie, was released from prison in 2014 and moved into the director’s Austin garage apartment.