Q&A: Richard Linklater Firms Summer Release, Talks 12 Years Making ‘Boyhood’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 4:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

ricklinkEXCLUSIVE: Boyhood, a time-lapse narrative feature film that Richard Linklater shot over a 12-year period, has been set for a July 11 release through IFC Films, which has stepped up and committed to a theatrical platform rollout and awards campaign. The film played Sundance and Berlin and its makers have positioned it for what they hope will be a long summer run as audiences watch actor Ellar Coltrane and his supporting cast actually grow up before their eyes, and adults Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette mature as his parents.

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At Sundance, there had been some question of whether a large distributor would take the film off the table, but it only seems right that IFC stepped up. After all, as IFC President Jonathan Sehring told me back then, he was the one who wrote an annual check to Linklater for over a decade, and when his bosses would ask him to explain the expenditure and when they would see a payoff, he’d shrug his shoulders. Sehring’s a producer on the film, and so is John Sloss, who made this deal. “We went to Sundance with the understanding we would talk to other distributors,” Sloss said. “You have to understand when they committed to fund this, IFC didn’t have a distribution arm. So they didn’t have distribution rights, even though they are a co-owner along with Rick and the filmmaking team. This is a very special movie, and we wanted to make sure it has every opportunity for success. We’ve realized this film plays for a young audience and it will need word-of-mouth that comes from staying in theaters for a long time. IFC really stepped up.”

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Sundance: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Sparks Buyers

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 1:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608In many ways, the debut of Richard Linklater‘s new film Boyhood at the Eccles Theater personifies the independent spirit. In a studio movie like The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt was aged with makeup and VFX … Read More »

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Sundance: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Joins Lineup

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 10:01am PST

BoyhoodSundance has added the 121st feature film to its 2014 festival that starts Thursday. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood will have its premiere Sunday, January 19 at the Eccles Theatre as part of special preview screenings Read More »

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