Director Richard Linklater’s 1993 masterpiece Dazed and Confused was the American Graffiti of its day; a coming of age story that focused on the trials and travails of a group of Austin, Texas high school students during the last day of school in 1976. Much like George Lucas’s film, Linklater properly introduced to the world a bevy of talent that, collectively, would become part and parcel of the Hollywood scene going forward: Matthew McConaughey (who, like his Graffiti doppelganger Paul Le Mat, stole the show), Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Rory Cochrane (Coolest. Stoner. Ever.), Sasha Jenson, Marissa Ribisi, Deena Martin, Shawn Andrews, Jason London, Cole Hauser, Wiley Wiggins, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Nicky Katt, Kim Krizan, Julius Tennon and Renee Zellweger were all on top of their game in this one hour and forty two minute classic. Naturally, the movie-going audience let this little film fall through the cracks during its initial theatrical release, and it was only with the subsequent home video release of the movie that Generation X caught hep to the jive and embraced the flick as a sacred totem that, like other things from the 1990s such as River Phoenix, Pearl Jam and chain wallets, only got sweeter as the years rolled on.
The above preamble to the side, Variety announced a bit of news today that should have any self-respecting film buff frothing joyfully at the mouth: Courtesy of movie house chain Alamo Drafthouse, some of the cast of Dazed and Confused are reuniting along with their director for a Zoom pow-wow designed not to just tickle our nostalgia funny bone, but to also inspire all of us lapsed moviegoers to return to our sacred church, the vaunted movie theater.
Returning to the scene of the crime will be Richard Linklater, Parker Posey and future president of the United States Matthew McConaughey. The trio will be chatting about what exactly went into the making of one of Linklater’s signature films and is being sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse as a part of its Support Local Cinemas initiative.
In a press release, Richard Linklater said that “As founder and artistic director of the Austin Film Society, I know firsthand that community cinemas like ours are vital cultural spaces. It’s important for everyone to do their part to ensure that theaters can make it to the other side of this pandemic. We can’t come together as a community unless we have places to gather where we can share experiences, and cinemas are at the heart of that.”
The pre-recorded reunion will be overseen and hosted by Jack Black (True Romance) and will be shown during screenings of the film starting appropriately enough this April 20 (4/20). The reunion and film itself will be made available for free to move houses ‘round the globe. Screenings of Dazed and Confused will run throughout May.