French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard said every film, in a way, is a documentary of its actors. Richard Linklater’s 12-year project is not a documentary, but it’s hard not to think of it as one in Godard’s terms.
In 2002, Linklater started filming 6-year-old Ellar Salmon with the intention of following him being raised by his two divorced parents (played by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). Production is set to be completed in 2014, when Salmon will be 18.
The Children of Golzow may hold the record for the longest documentary to be continuously in production, but Boyhood could challenge the record for a fiction film.