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Boyhood is an exercise in quality filmmaking

August 5, 2014, 12:00 am

When someone approaches me and recommends something, citing certain moments that will hit a note, talking with their hands, a distinct passion in their voice, I take notice.

Such is the case with Boyhood. Enter Jacques Paisner, executive director and co-founder of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, who suggested I don’t even think about missing it. His sentiment was followed by Cinematheque Director and 2014 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts recipient Jason Silverman, and finally, our SFR’s own curmudgeonly film reviewer, David Riedel (you can read his review on page 45).

Boyhood sees life through the eyes of Mason (Ellar Coltrane, cast at age 6) who quite literally grows up before audiences, as the film was shot over a span of 12 years.

Playing by its own set of rules, it’s clear by one look at its trailer that the movie redefines the coming-of-age tale in a sublime fashion.

“It’s unique not only because it is such an original concept,” Paisner tells SFR, “but also because it tells the story of growing up through moments shaping a person’s character the way only Richard Linklater can.”

The screening doubles as a fundraiser for the SFIFF and includes a Q&A with cinematographer Lee Daniel, moderated by Chris Eyre.

It’s been called “a once-in-a-lifetime movie” and “a masterpiece” by seasoned critics. Come see for yourself and if you’re sold, recommend it to a friend.

5:30 & 6;15 pm Thursday, Aug. 7. $15
CCA Cinematheque
1050 Old Pecos Trail,


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