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McConaughey, Reeves praise Richard Linklater in '21 Years' trailer

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Richard Linklater’s had a good year, with Boyhood enjoying strong buzz since its debut this summer. Linklater took 12 years to shoot and produce the film. In that span of time, the renowned director created a number of other influential films.

In honor of his work, 21 Years: Richard Linklater brings together actors and directors who have worked with or been influenced by Linklater, and the film’s first trailer offers no shortage of praise for him.

Predicated on the idea that the first 21 years of an artist can define them, 21 Years documents Linklater’s incredible slate of films, including the Before trilogy, Dazed and Confused, and the one that started it all, Slacker. Directors Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood have assembled a host of familiar faces to discuss the director/writer/actor, including Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey (who indulges in an “Alright, alright, alright”), Julie Delpy, and many more.

The film serves as a testament not only to Linklater’s work but to the inspiration he has provided a generation of filmmakers. As Kevin Smith says in the trailer, “[Slacker] made me want to be a filmmaker.”

21 Years debuts in theaters and on iTunes on Nov. 7.