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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Richard Linklater


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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

Linklater’s trippy animated feature was inspired by a lucid dream that the director couldn’t wake up from – a dream he later recounts in the film.

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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.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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