See Richard Linklater’s films at the Walker

by Joseph Kleinschmidt

Starting this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 1991’s Slacker, the Walker Art Center will show Richard Linklater’s films periodically through October 14. Tickets are $8 or $6 for Walker members and students with a valid ID.

With the twentieth anniversary of Slacker, centered on a group of young folks around Austin, Texas, the sprawling ideas and the seemingly real-time quality of Linklater’s work make him an auteur. The influential director’s many independent to big-budget existential reflections include Before Sunrise, subUrbia, Dazed and Confused, and Waking Life.

With a budget of just $23,000, Slacker gave new meaning to a maligned generation’s go-to epithet. For post-college graduates and current students alike, the rambling largely plot-less story might offer a bleak view of post-liberal education, but Linklater’s film spawned a new attitude to “slacker,” with the characters redefining 60s counterculture for themselves. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Slacker is filled with completely original, low-key observations and scatter-brained (yet bitingly satirical) dialogue throughout. Linklater’s influence extends to other cult movies like Kevin Smith’s vast universe of misfits in films like Clerks and Mallrats.

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Complete list of showings:

Slacker – Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.

subUrbia – Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Dazed and Confused – Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Tape – Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Before Sunrise – Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Waking Life – Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor – August 30 – October 30, 2011

Before Sunset – Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.