AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin has been a player for a while in the film industry, but now the Texas film industry has a connection to major award-winners after director Richard Linklater won for Best Director for his film “Boyhood” at Sunday’s 2015 Golden Globes awards. The movie chronicles a Texas family and was filmed over 12 years. It also won Best Drama, and Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress.
Boyhood showed at South By Southwest last year, and then there was special screening at the Marchesa Theater. Most of the movie’s cast was there for that, long before they knew what a success it would be.
“This is a very personal film for me,” said Linklater in his acceptance speech for Best Director. “It couldn’t be more personal.”
Linklater founded the Austin Film Society in the 1980s and now serves as artistic director. The society’s executive director, Rebecca Campbell, says the success of Boyhood will have a lasting effect on the Austin film community.
“I’ve been working at the film society for 17 years, and I can tell you this is the hugest thing to happen to a local filmmaker,” said Campbell. “It brings great notoriety to Austin as a place where independent, original, world-class, film can thrive.”
Campbell says filmmakers love to shoot in Austin, but it’s all budget-driven. The Film Society works to convince lawmakers the film industry can have a big economic impact locally and across the state.
“Our big vision is that Austin will be synonymous with great film,” said Campbell.
She says Boyhood is a big step in that direction.