RICHARD LINKLATER RECEIVES LEVANTINE CINEMA ARTS AWARD
Award presentation is followed by a 20th-anniversary screening of Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater, born in Houston and raised in Huntsville, has been a supporter of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival since its inception. He attended the festival in 2009 with Me and Orson Welles and brought his friend Ethan Hawke to join him in presenting Tape in 2011. Linklater receives the 2013 Levantine Award amidst a career renaissance with this year's release of one of his finest and most popular films, Before Midnight, following 2012’s equally well-received Bernie.
Set on the last day of school at Lee High School in the suburbs of Austin, the film follows the activities of a group of students as they celebrate the arrival of summer. When classes end, the incoming freshman boys are hunted down and hazed by the senior boys while the incoming freshman girls are rounded up and suffer the same fate at the hand of the senior girls. Randall “Pink” Floyd, the school’s star football player, is asked to sign a pledge promising not to take drugs during the summer or do anything that would “jeopardize the goal of a championship season.” Eventually, the students’ various paths lead to an awesome keg party at the Moontower.