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SXSW Opens with Austin’s Own Richard Linklater

SXSW Opens with Austin's Own Richard Linklater

The South by Southwest® (SXSW Film Conference and Festival will world premiere favorite son Richard Linklater’s 80s college baseball comedy “Everybody Wants Some” as its Opening Night film for the 23rd edition of SXSW Film on March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Austin-based Linklater has directed “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Waking Life,” “Scanner Darkly,” “School of Rock,” “Bernie,” “Fast Food Nation,” the “Midnight” trilogy and last year’s Oscar contender “Boyhood” which won Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Linklater still serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985. 

Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, describes Linklater’s new film, named after a Van Halen single, as “really funny, instantly quotable, filled will great new talent. Audiences are going to love this paean to competition and coming of age in the 80s.” 
As he did with “Dazed and Confused,” Linklater rounded up unknown young actors like Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck for “Everybody Wants Some,” which Paramount pushed back from the fall awards corridor to April 15, 2016. The sprawling ensemble includes Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Anthony Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Glen Powell and Wyatt Russell. The film is produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, Richard Linklater and Ginger Sledge. The film shot for two months in fall 2014 in Austin. Linklater promised that the film will link to his 1993 cult stoner comedy “Dazed and Confused” (which was titled after a Led Zeppelin song).
Sundance and Berlin festivals could have been in the cards, but SXSW seems like the best fit for this very American comedy.

Linklater has been prepping “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” also for Annapurna, with Cate Blanchett in talks to star. Based on Maria Semple’s 2012 bestseller that unfolds via epistolary missives — emails, letters, legal documents, psychiatric visits and more — the book follows the story of an agoraphobic architect who mysteriously disappears before a family trip to Antarctica. It’s narrated by her teenage daughter.

SXSW defines “Everybody Wants Some” as a SXsports film, which means that Film, Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badges all have access to attend the screening. SXSW will announce Feature Films on Tuesday, February 2, with Midnighters, all Short Films, Music Videos and Title Sequences revealed on Tuesday, February 9.
SXSW’s great gift as a festival is the merger in Austin of music, film, and Interactive technologies: SXSW is March 11-20: Interactive is March 11-15, Film March 11-19 and Music winds it up March 15-20. The fest also serves as an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition, as the Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short winners are eligible for the Academy Awards.

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