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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.

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Special Features New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound supervised by director Richard Linklater and director of photography Lee Daniel, made from original 16mm film elements Three audio commentaries featuring Richard Linklater and members of the cast and crew 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 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 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 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 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 English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired PLUS: A 64-page booklet featuring essays by author and filmmaker John Pierson (Spike Mike Reloaded: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of Independent American Cinema) and Michael Barker, head of Sony Pictures Classics, as well as reviews, production notes, a complete cast and crew listing, and an introduction to It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books by director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, The Shooting)

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