Watch the 10-minute Featurette ‘Making of BOYHOOD: 12 Years on Film”


Preston Barta // Editor

boyhood_xlgBOYHOOD, 163 min.
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella, Zoe Graham and Brad Hawkins

We go to the movies for numerous reasons: to laugh, to be frightened or simply to get respite from their lives to enjoy the show. That enjoyment can run the gamut from the mere short-term entertainment of the sequel-of-the-week to intense and thought-provoking films that stay with viewers for days on end. For most moviegoers this year, the experience of watching Richard Linkater’s BOYHOOD was nothing short of complete involvement and immersion in a lovingly detailed and authentic narrative.

Watch the engaging 10-minute long featurette below, where Linklater shares his inspiration for the 12-year film and how he came to cast the young Ellar Coltrane, while his daughter (Lorelei Linklater) critiques her father’s films, and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke share their experiences and how making the film affected them.

Now, how can you not be romantic about movies?

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.