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‘Boyhood’ director Richard Linklater on growing up in the Super 8 generation

“Boyhood” director Richard Linklater reflects on growing up in front of the camera and how changing technology will effect today’s kids who are documented constantly.

Richard Linklater’s latest film has gotten a lot of attention since it came out in July. In January, “Boyhood” won best motion picture — drama, best director and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette at the Golden Globes and it’s nominated for six Academy Awards, adding Ethan Hawke to the mix as best actor in a supporting role.

The film was made over the course of 12 years. It tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane who began filming at age 6. Coltrane and Linklater’s daughter Lorelei, who plays Mason’s sister, grow up in front of the camera, their childhood passing by on-screen.

So, were there moments from the director’s childhood when he was happy a camera wasn’t around? His answer, “all of them.”

Tune in to tonight’s broadcast of the PBS NewsHour to see chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with Richard Linklater. You can watch on our Ustream channel at 6 p.m. EST or check your local listings.

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