Richard Linklater on being a self-taught filmmaker

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An incredibly illuminating, relatable and one of the most inspiring commentaries you’ll hear. I’ve cut out only the moments where Linklater talks about his twenties, and the 9 years he self-educated himself in filmmaking. The fact that he has become a success on a worldwide level, is all the more inspiring.



A wonderful addendum to this commentary is this 40 minute interview from John Cassavetes. For those who don’t know, John Cassavetes is essentially the father of the independent film movement. He was the lone wolf, who began making films on his own on the east coast in the 60’s, mobilizing everyone he knew. His films are gritty, raw, and relying on pure emotion. They’re solid and inspiring.



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15 thoughts on “Richard Linklater on being a self-taught filmmaker

  1. Thanks for this man, Linklater is one of those directors who isn’t celebrated as widely as Tarantino or Paul Thomas Anderson in terms of self-made filmmakers, but he definitely is for me.

    • Same here. He’s the man. However, they all share the same thing – passion for films and self motivation.

      You should look into John Cassavetes, particularly THIS video – it will blow your mind. He is the father of the independent film movement. Listen to what he talks about, and in what good mood he is all the time. I’ve seen some of his films and they’re so inspiring

  2. Hi, Thanks so much for posting this!! you run a great site. I wanted to let you know that the 40 minute interview from John Cassavetes is unavailable as the OP has been removed form Youtube due to copy right infringement of sorts… do you have any suggestions for listening and or watching the particular interview you were suggesting?

    Thanks so much!

  3. What film is the “Richard Linklater on being a self-taught filmmaker”?
    You said you won’t say on youtube, so say it on here.

  4. ATTENTION: This commentary is from “It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books” (1988). It is included with the criterion purchase of his film Slacker (1991).

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