13TH ANNUAL TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s.
in Houston, Texas, Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam
Houston State University in 1982, to work on an offshore oil rig in the
Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state's capital of
Austin, where he founded the Austin Film Society and began work on his
debut film, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING (1988). Three
years later he released the sprawling SLACKER (1991), an insightful,
virtually plotless look at 1990s youth culture that became a favorite
on the festival circuit prior to earning vast acclaim at Sundance in
1991. Upon its commercial release, the movie, made for less than
$23,000, became the subject of considerable mainstream media attention,
with the term "slacker" becoming a much-overused catch-all tag employed
to affix a name and identity to America's disaffected youth culture.
founded the Austin Film Society in 1985 together with his frequent
collaborator Lee Daniel, and is lauded for launching and solidifying
the city of Austin as a hub for independent filmmaking.
In 2005, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film BEFORE SUNSET. Despite
his popularity and ability to direct high paying Hollywood productions,
Linklater remains in Texas, with his own studio there to run most of
his film productions.
is a founding member of Cinetic Media, as well as the Managing Partner
of Sloss Law Office, LLP. Mr. Sloss has also acted as Executive
Producer for over thirty-five feature films including The Fog of War
(2004 Academy Award winner, Documentary Feature), Pieces of April, and
Far From Heaven. Mr. Sloss serves as a partner in InDigEnt, a low
budget production company for high-level filmmaking talent that has
become the gold standard in digital film production. He is a frequent
featured lecturer and moderator at major international film festivals,
conferences and universities. Mr. Sloss received his J.D. and B.A. from
the University of Michigan.