Publication Date

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type


First Advisor

Vazquez, Laura

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)


Department of Communication


The purpose of this capstone is to examine a filmmaker’s work to better understand the artist as well as look at an underappreciated filmmaker. Richard Linklater is that filmmaker. Several of his films are popular, others less so. By exploring his filmography, it can be determined whether he’s a true artist deserving of more attention from the filmmaking community as well as general audiences. After examining Linklater’s films, not only were there recurring thematic elements that cemented his artistic dominance, but there’s a feeling of evolution as he ages. The research of this project was conducted through watching Linklater’s films and accessing interviews and literature surrounding his work.