Richard Linklater will be the recipient of this year's Founder's Directing Award, but it won't be his first trip to SFIFF. His early film Slacker (1991) and A Scanner Darkly (2006) were shown at the 34th and 49th festivals, respectively. And last year, Linklater and Julie Delpy presented Before Midnight (2013), the final installation in a trilogy chronicling the ups and downs of a couple's relationship in episodes spanning 18 years.
This year, in conjunction with receiving his award, Linklater will present an even more ambitious project. Boyhood (2014) was filmed every year for 12 years and recounts a boy's life as he grows up from a first grader to a college freshman. Click HERE to see Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Patricia Arquette discuss their experiences making the film and seeing the finished project for the first time.
The Founder's Directing Award will be presented to Linklater on Friday, May 2nd at the Castro Theatre. Boyhood will be screened after an onstage interview and a selection of clips from Linklater's career. Tickets for the event are now on sale at sffs.org!