A Richard Linkater retrospective series will screen December 19-29

This holiday season, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) presents “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linkater!,” an original, eleven-film retrospective spanning the 30-year career of one of America’s most celebrated independent filmmakers.

“Richard Linkater is one of the most innovative American directors working today,” said Michael J. Anderson, Interim President and C.E.O. “From his 90s cult classics, ‘Slacker’ and ‘Dazed and Confused,’ which both take place on a single day, to the acclaimed ‘Before trilogy, which revisits the same couple once a decade, to his Oscar-winning coming-of-age epic ‘Boyhood,’ filmed over the course of 12 years, Linklater’s work as a director and screenwriter is distinguished by a profound commitment to exploring cinema’s relationship to time.”

“But despite their extraordinary artistry, these are also funny, moving and hugely entertaining movies about friendship and family that resonate with viewers across generations. Much like the films of Wes Anderson, who served as the subject of the Museum’s 2016 retrospective, Linklater’s work has a warm, celebratory quality that makes it a natural fit for this year’s holiday series.” Anderson said. “Once again, we’re excited to have the opportunity to screen films on 35mm, including iconic teen movie ‘Dazed and Confusedand Linkater’s visionary animated adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s science-fiction classic, ‘A Scanner Darkly.’”

Tickets are now on sale and are $5 for OKCMOA Members, $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+), college students with IDs and teens ages 13 to 18 and $5 for children 12 and under. “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!all-access passes are available for purchase online and at the box office; prices are $30 for OKCMOA members and $50 for non-members. The Museum Cafe bar offers a variety of beer, wine and spirits for movie-goers to enjoy during screenings.  

The series opens on Thursday, December 19 with a 35mm screening of “Dazed and Confused.”

Other highlights include Linkater’s delightful family-friendly crowd pleaser “School of Rock,” starring Jack Black; and “Everybody Wants Some!!” a hilarious ‘spiritual sequel’ to “Dazed and Confused set in 1980.

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!” closes with two of the director’s most recent films: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” an inspiring family adventure based on Maria Semple’s best-selling novel, and “Last Flag Flying,” a beautifully acted road movie starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.

For more information on “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!” and more upcoming Museum Films events, visit: http://www.okcmoa.com/films/