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Linklater Making Baseball Doc

Linklater Making Baseball Doc

You’ve got to admire Richard Linklater’s work ethic. This is a filmmaker who released challenging and provocative character studies like Waking Life and Tape in the same year, and then went on to release the one-two punch of critic/audience favorites Before Sunset and The School of Rock within a year of each other. In 2006, he’ll bring audiences both A Scanner Darkly and Fast Food Nation, two very different films with a very similar perspective. Those films are not even released yet, but now the Austin American-Statesman reports that Linklater is working on a documentary about the mega-successful University of Texas baseball team. An excerpt from the full article:

Linklater pushed the idea to the university last fall and negotiated a rights fee that was “less than five figures,” said Chris Plonsky, Texas’ director of external services. The project is being done in cooperation with the university and Collegiate Images, a company in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that assists UT in licensing and obtaining royalties for footage use.

The university will maintain copies of the footage upon the project’s completion, which Linklater hopes will be by the end of the year.

The film is the latest in screen-related projects at Texas. Host Communications has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to produce a video about the history of UT football, while 75,000 “Live the Dream” DVDs, which chronicled the football team’s 2006 national championship win over Southern California, have been distributed since January.

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