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Join us in our outdoor cinema for a hilarious Cult-Classic that follows a day of coincidental interactions within the eccentric subculture of Austin, Texas. SLACKER is one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s that came to define Generation X.
SLACKER (1991), Directed by Richard Linklater.
A prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressively philosophical nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s. SLACKER follows a day of coincidental interactions within the eccentric subculture of Austin, Texas. Shooting on 16 mm for a mere $23,000, writer-producer-director Richard Linklater and his crew of friends discarded traditional plot structure, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling and hilarious as the last.
Little did any of them know, however, that the film would help usher in a new wave of indie filmmaking in America—and would come to define Austin, as an exemplary “touchstone” for Generation X.
“It’s a brilliant roundelay of idiosyncratic connections, the film presents the teeming weirdness of daily life in Austin as a swarm of individual alternatives, each spinning wildly out of control and crashing into one another’s active fantasies to unleash vast creative energy. Linklater presents the breezy comedy of casual wandering and easy chat as the artistic ferment of local bands and filmmakers—and as a critique of a country that’s desperately disconnected from its people.”
-The New Yorker
“The film’s winding from one set of characters to another through chance encounters, with no overall goal and no single protagonist, deconstructs the traditional narrative of a film. It’s not destruction for destruction’s sake, but creates something new, and that is liberating. Slacker is inspiration to go your own way despite the pressure to conform. Above all, the film taught me this: Those who wander may not be lost.” -VICE