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Spine #247

Sep 14, 2004

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Stereo
  • English subtitles


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Directed By: Richard Linklater
Starring: Richard Linklater
Licensor: Detour Filmproduction

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Richard Linklater's Slacker presents a day in the life of a loose-knit subculture of marginal, eccentric, and overeducated citizens in Austin, Texas. Shooting film on 16mm for a mere $3,000, writer/producer/director Linklater and his crew of friends eschewed a traditional plot, choosing instead to employ long takes and fluid transitions to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as unique as the last, culminating in an episodic portrait of a distinct vernacular culture and a tribute to bohemian cerebration. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.

  • Three audio commentaries featuring Richard Linklater and members of the cast and crew
  • Casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the over one-hundred-member cast, with an essay from production manager/casting director Anne Walker-McBay
  • An early film treatment
  • Home movies
  • Ten-minute trailer for a documentary about the landmark Austin café, Les Amis, which served as location for several scenes in Slacker
  • Stills gallery featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production and publicity photos
  • It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by the director, available here for the first time on home video
  • Woodshock, an early short 16mm film made by Linklater and Lee Daniel in 1985
  • "The Roadmap," the working script of Slacker, including fourteen deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Footage from the Slacker tenth-anniversary in Austin, Texas, in 2001
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Slacker culture essay by Linklater
  • Information about the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 by Linklater with Daniel, including early flyers from screenings


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