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American Masters
Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater—Dream Is Destiny

Sunday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m.
Repeats Monday, Sept. 4, at midnight

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard Linklater (b. July 30, 1960) is all these things and more. Boasting a trove of never-before-seen archival footage, this film provides an unconventional look at the fiercely independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas, in the late 1980s and 1990s with Linklater as its poster boy.

Early writings from Linklater’s journals, telling interviews shot at his home and cinéma vérité footage from the set of “Everybody Wants Some!!” reveal his fearless approach and the extent to which his filmmaking existed, and continues to exist, decidedly outside of the production power bases of Hollywood and New York.

Clips from his most beloved films, including “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” the “Before” trilogy and “Boyhood,” and new interviews with actors and collaborators Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Julie Delpy and Kevin Smith, as well as colleagues and friends, demonstrate his collaborative spirit and process.

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Sunday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 p.m.
Repeats Monday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Friday, Sept. 8, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

People worldwide have seen the Disney animated classic “Bambi” and been deeply moved by it, but few can tell you the name of the artist behind the film. Even fewer are aware of this pioneering artist’s impact on American art and popular culture.
Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) was America’s oldest living Chinese-American artist and one of the last remaining artists from the golden age of Disney animation. The quiet beauty of his Eastern-influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney, who made Wong the inspirational sketch artist for “Bambi.”

Filmmaker Pamela Tom corrects a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal but heretofore under-credited, figure. Afterward in a new, exclusive interview, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, the filmmakers/artists behind the Oscar-nominated animated short “The Dam Keeper” (2014), discuss how Wong influenced them.

Born in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, right before the fall of the Chinese Empire, Wong and his father immigrated to America in 1919, never to see their family again. This film shows how Wong overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse.

Previously unseen art and interviews with Wong, movie clips and archival footage illustrate how his unique style—melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art—is found in everything from Disney animation and live-action Hollywood studio films to Hallmark Christmas cards, kites and hand-painted California dinnerware to fine art and Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) paintings.

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