After 12 Years of Filming, an Entire Childhood on Screen

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Ellar Coltrane as Mason, age 6, in Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood."  Courtesy of Matt Lankes.  An IFC Films Release.

Director Richard Linklater talks about his varied career, and his new film "Boyhood," with star Ellar Coltrane. The film was shot intermittently over a 12-year period with the same cast—which includes Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette—and tells the story of growing up through the eyes of a child named Mason. “Boyhood” opens July 11 in New York and Los Angeles.