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Richard Linklater to Receive CAS Filmmaker Award

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Three-time Academy Award nominee Richard Linklater will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s Filmmaker Award at the 51st Annual CAS Awards on Feb. 14, 2015 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles.

“We are delighted to be honoring Richard Linklater this year. For nearly three decades he has made his mark on cinema. From Slacker and Dazed and Confused to the Before Series to this year’s ground-breaking film Boyhood he has entertained and surprised us with his vision as a storyteller and filmmaker,” said CAS president David Fluhr. “As a director, writer and producer he has shown us that a lot can happen in one day or 12 years. Rick embodies the word filmmaker and we are honored to present him with the CAS Filmmaker Award.”

In 1984, after a stint on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas native Linklater, armed with a Super-8 camera, projector and editing equipment moved to Austin, Texas and enrolled in Austin Community College to study film. The following year he founded the Austin Film Society to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin.

Linklater has made over 19 films and is best known for his coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused which was responsible for the breakout of fellow East Texas native Matthew McConaughey; his romantic trilogy Before Sunrise and the sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight, which garnered him two Oscar nominations; his rotoscope animated films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly; and his music-themed comedy School of Rock.

His current release, Boyhood, was filmed over a 12 year period with the same cast and crew. The film has received six Academy Award nominations with three of those for Linklater’s producing directing and writing, five BAFTA nods and, to date, 125 wins including Golden Globe wins for best picture, best director and best actress in a supporting role for Patricia Arquette. Over 150 critics across the country have picked Boyhood as the best film of the year. He has also been nominated by both the DGA and the WGA.

Linklater continues to support the Austin Film Society and currently serves as the artistic director. The AFS has become one of the nation’s top film organizations showing over 200 films a year and has given out over $1,500,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers since 1996.

Linklater will be the 10th CAS Filmmaker honoree. David Macmillan, CAS will be honored with the organization’s career achievement award.

During the awards ceremony the CAS will also present the first CAS Student Recognition Award, which will be presented to one of five student finalists – Michael Cullen of Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Heather Fink of New York University, John Harton of Savannah College of Art & Design, Danny Maurer of University of Colorado Denver and Alyssa Schwartzberg of Brooklyn College.

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