Director Richard Linklater has long been a pioneer of experimental filmmaking, with revolutionary movies such as Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly under his belt. Those projects almost pale in comparison to Boyhood, which took a whopping 12 years to shoot.

IFC Films has released a new featurette for this upcoming drama, where Richard Linklater explains that he wanted to make a movie about growing up, using the same cast (Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) over a 12-year period. The production was shot in brief increments every year to show how the cast members literally age over this timeframe, telling the story of this fictional family. We also hear from Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as they describe this historic filmmaking journey in Boyhood, debuting in limited release on July 11.

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Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.

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