Celebs from Matthew McConaughey to Kevin Smith talk about Richard Linklater in documentary now on PBS

11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 Austin360 Home
American-Statesman Staff
Richard Linklater, left, and Louis Black in “Dream Is Destiny.” Black/Bernstein Productions

Get a peek at the life of one of Austin’s favorite filmmakers from the comfort of your couch.

“Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny” -- the documentary from South by Southwest co-founder Louis Black and Karen Bernstein -- premieres on “American Masters” at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 on KLRU. Starting Sept. 2, you can also stream it on pbs.org/americanmasters.

The documentary features interviews with Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Julie Delpy, Kevin Smith and more.

Statesman film critic Joe Gross reviewed “Dream is Destiny” after it screened at SXSW 2016 and gave it high marks, calling it “the documentary on Linklater that Linklater nerds have been waiting for.”

“From the man’s earliest work (the little-seen 'It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books') up through set visits to this year’s 'Everybody Wants Some,' 'Dream is Destiny' mixes clips from both Linklater’s stronger and, to its credit, weaker work ('The Newton Boys,' we will never forget you) along with testimonials from fellow filmmakers and chats between Black and Linklater as the two go over the filmmaker’s old idea notebook and his Thoreau-like diaries.”

Before you watch the documentary, see what Matthew McConaughey had to say about his work with Linklater on “Dazed and Confused” -- including that iconic "Alright alright alright.”

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