2001, October 19 – PREMIERE OF “WAKING LIFE”

Film – Inspired by philosopher  George Santayana’s maxim “Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.”…..directed and written by Richard Linklater, “Waking Life” is an innovative, digitally animated film with a thought-provoking score composed and performed by Austin based, tango nuevo style, Tosca Tango Orchestra which bills itself as  “the 21st Century Tango”…a noted critic said about the film, “with Waking Life, Linklater has created perhaps the most vivid dreamscape ever to reach movie screens”

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Embracing groundbreaking technology, “Waking Life” follows a young man who arrives in Austin and hitches a ride with a stranger who engages him in a conversation about rarely considered facets of life…as the visitor drifts through the city, he encounters a variety of people and finds himself absorbing their views on art, philosophy, society and numerous issues of contemporary life; an obsession with dreams and their power to sustain begins to grow in him…Linklater used a method that involved filming his actors in digital video; the frames were then painted by a crew of artists…the film garnered ecstatic reviews and won several awards

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