Richard Linklater Nabs SFIFF’s Founder’s Directing Award

Filmmaker Richard Linklater will be the recipient of the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The “Dazed and Confused” writer and director will be honored for his expansive body of work which includes the “Before Sunrise” trilogy and “Slacker.” Linklater will also be celebrating the upcoming release of “Boyhood,” his highly buzzed-about new film.

He will also be publicly honored at An Evening with Richard Linklater at the Castro Theatre on May 2 with an onstage interview and a selection of clips from his directing career, followed by a screening of “Boyhood.”

“Richard Linklater is one of our country’s great creative minds,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “His curiosity about cinema’s endless possibilities and his landmark collaborations with many of the world’s most interesting actors mark him as a profound and important force in our medium. It is our great honor to welcome him here to accept the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award.”

Linklater will be joining the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Milos Forman and Clint Eastwood, who have also received the honor.

The award will be presented at Film Society Awards Night on May 1 at The Regency Center.

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