Breaking new ground with its quixotic, seemingly random style, Slacker intricately weaves together the stories of 100 inimitable characters (beginning with Linklater himself) during a lazy, hot day in Austin, Texas. The natural dialogue, a hallmark of Linklater’s films, includes copious cultural and philosophical references ranging from Nietzsche and James Joyce to Madonna and Scooby Doo. Slacker inspired countless independent filmmakers, and spurred a youth migration to Austin. 1991, 35mm, 97 minutes.
New print courtesy the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archives.