As a pretty big fan of Richard Linklater (the writer, the filmmaker, the artist, the dude), I was totally bummed to hear that the guy is having ridiculous amounts of trouble getting another film off the ground. As we told you earlier, the three potential projects he was working on (That's What I'm Talking About, Liars (A to E) and School of Rock 2) have all but been erased for various reasons (even though all three have tremendous commercial potential), not to mention that his latest film, Me and Orson Welles (which is definitely worth the watch) has been delayed for over a year. It's disheartening to see a wickedly talented filmmaker like Linklater get shoved off to the side, but as Jeffrey Anderson pointed out in his latest 400 Screens, 400 Blows column, perhaps part of it has to do with folks just not being interested in coming-of-age films right now (see; Whip It, Adventureland), which is the type of stuff Linklater specializes in.

So while we wait for someone to give the guy what he needs to make another film, we dug up this retro interview with Linklater where he talks about the making of Dazed and Confused for almost a half hour. It's a great relaxed no-budget interview that really showcases Linklater and gives some dynamite insight into the making of the film. Says Linklater, "It's pretty much a teenage male perspective because in my opinion males have this raging energy at that time. But if you listen closely, the women really are more interesting characters -- the little bits of dialogue you get, in the girl's bathroom, there's a lot more interesting thought going on there."

Watch the full interviews after the jump.