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

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.