Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American and numerous international rights for “21 Years: Richard Linklater,” a celebration of the director’s career.
The feature-length documentary was made by Paste Magazine’s movies editor Michael Dunaway and co-director Tara Wood. It examines 21 years in Linklater’s career and includes intimate interviews with many of his longtime collaborators including actors such as Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Julie Delpy, Jack Black and Jason Reitman. The directors drew on the concept that the first 21 years in a director’s career defines their work and artistic vision.
The film follows his groundbreaking work on “Slacker” to his most recent, 12-year-long feat “Boyhood.” It’s a behind the scenes look that includes insight into his style, skills, and motivation via his friends, his casts and other filmmakers. Too bad filming finished before Linklater invited convicted murderer and subject of his film “Bernie,” Bernie Tiede” to live with him. That would have provided an interesting angle!
“As a longtime fan of Richard’s work, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Michael and Tara on the film,” said Melanie Miller, Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing for Gravitas. “In the vein of what we did for Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City,’ we are planning an innovative release that will see the film reach over a billion homes on opening day, and we hope that paves the way for 21 Years profiles on other icons of American independent cinema.”
“21 Years: Richard Linklater” was produced by Wood with Dunaway and Miller, with Gravitas Ventures’ Nolan Gallagher and Michael Murphy serving as executive producers along with Pamela Sutton, Robert C. McGirr, Mario Davila, William Pedroza and Gregory Norman McGuire. The deal was brokered by Melanie Miller for Gravitas and Tara Wood for Wood Entertainment, who will representing available territories at Cannes.