Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater will be honored with the 2009 Maverick Award at the Woodstock Film Festival this Autumn. Linklater’s frienda and collaborator Ethan Hawke (“Before Sunset”) will present the award during a ceremony at the festival October 3rd in Upstate, New York. Additionally, his latest film, “Me and Orson Welles will screen as one of the Spotlight Films in this year’s festival line up.
Woodstock’s Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to an individual whose life and work is “based on creativity, independent vision, and social activism.” Previous recipients include Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi.
Linklater’s work includes: “It’s Impossible to Learn How to Plow By Reading Books” (1988); “Slacker” (1991); “Dazed and Confused” (1993); “Before Sunrise” (1995); “Suburbia” (1997); “The Newton Boys” (1998); “Waking Life” (2001); “Tape” (2001); “Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor” (2003); “School of Rock” (2003); “Before Sunset” (2004); “$5.15/Hr.” (2004) (TV); “Bad News Bears” (2005); “A Scanner Darkly” (2006); “Fast Food Nation” (2006); “Inning By Inning: A Portrait of a Coach” (2008); “Me and Orson Welles” (2009).
“Richard Linklater’s singular approach to filmmaking – always inventing and re-inventing the art in fresh and exciting new ways, coupled with his unwavering support of independent filmmakers – makes him the ideal recipient of our honorary Maverick Award.” commented Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein in a statement. “We’re thrilled that he accepted our invitation and can’t wait to host him here in Woodstock, where he’ll find a thriving film community, reminiscent of the one in Austin, Texas which he so closely nurtured”.
The Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to an individual whose life and work is based on creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Previous recipients include Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi. The 10th annual Woodstock Film Festival takes place Spetember 30 – October 4.