Words by Caroline Wallace.
It’s been a full 20 years since director Richard Linklater released his breakout film Slacker, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from posting up in the Austin Studios parking lot to see the film that so notably chronicled Austin’s disaffected youth culture of the early ’90s reprise its role on the big screen Wednesday.
Linklater, as well as several members of the film’s original cast and crew were on hand to introduce the screening, which was sponsored by the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow. Proceeds from the screening went to benefit the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund, a grant that is similar to one given to Linklater to make production on Slacker possible.
Before the screening, the audience got a glimpse of the trailer for Slacker 2011,which will have its world premiere at The Paramount Theater on August 31.
The film, which is both a re-imagining of the original classic, and an homage to its ability to capture Austin’s culture at the time of its release, is comprised of scenes from 24 Austin directing teams, all using as many of the original locations and dialogue as possible, just often with a more contemporary twist to capture the state of Austin in 2011.
The film will feature familiar faces in the form of comedian Chris Trew, Alamo Drafthouse’s senior programmer Lars Nilsen, Austin instrumentalists The Octopus Project, and Japanese punk rockers Peelander-Z. Production teams include Reel Women, the Austin Film Society, and notable Austin-based directors including, Jay Duplass (BagHead, Cyrus), Bob Byington (RSO, Harmony and Me) and Ben Steinbauer (Winnebago Man).
Tickets for Slacker 2011 will also go to benefit the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund, and if the enthusiasm for the trailer at Wednesday night’s screening is any indication of possible turnout, there are still plenty of slackers left in Austin.
Watch the trailer for Slacker 2011 below.