Richard Linklater

In this summer’s Boyhood, Richard Linklater summed up 12 years of a kid’s life into one feature-length movie. Now the documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater will do the same to the filmmaker’s career.

Directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the documentary is based on the idea that “the first 21 years defines the career of an artist.” In Linklater’s case, that means looking at everything he’s done from Slacker to Boyhood… which are actually 23 years apart, but we’ll let it slide. Hit the jump to watch the 21 Years Richard Linklater trailer.

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Dunaway and Wood have rounded up some of Linklater’s biggest collaborators and fans for the movie, including Matthew McConaughey (who gets in an “all right all right all right,” naturally), Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Keanu Reeves, and Jack Black. It’s an eclectic mix, but Linklater’s had a pretty eclectic career.

21 Years: Richard Linklater lands in theaters and on iTunes November 7. If all goes well, this will be just the first in a series. The filmmakers aim to profile several more “seminal directors of the modern American indie film movement,” with Quentin Tarantino as one of their next subjects.

It’s been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. From the groundbreaking SLACKER to his innovative BOYHOOD, Linklater has reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. Get a raw and honest perspective on Richard through candid conversations with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy and others, and see their stories brought to life through hilarious animated sequences. For a man who became famous for celebrating the cool and casual, Linklater emerges as a surprisingly strategic and visionary director who has already established a legacy and perfected a style that can’t be denied.

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