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Gus Van Sant

1952-07-24 Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Image of Gus Van Sant


Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Directing for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting and his 2008 film Milk, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures. His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d. lang, with cameos by William S. Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others); and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as River Phoenix. He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink. A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.


At the Video Store Self 2019-10-11
Zeroville Film Archive Curator 2019-09-19
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Willamette Week Editor 2018-04-04
Illegal Civilization 3 Himself 2018-08-25
I Don’t Belong Anywhere : Le Cinéma de Chantal Akerman 2016-04-29
Um Filme de Cinema 2015-09-15
The Canyons Dr. Campbell 2013-07-29
Une Journée particulière Himself 2012-05-16
The Advocate for Fagdom Himself 2011-11-04
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Self 2011-09-03
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Self 2010-11-05
Crítico Himself 2008-01-28
Making Paranoid Park 2008-04-24
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner Himself 2007-02-16
Paranoid Park Guy Reading Newspaper (uncredited) 2007-07-12
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Self 2006-01-01
Last Days Phone Voice (voice) 2005-06-12
The Making of My Own Private Idaho 2005-03-01
The Making of Last Days Himself 2004-01-01
Saltlake Van Sant Himself 2003-11-11
Rescued from the Closet Himself 2001-05-29
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Gus Van Sant 2001-08-22
Finding Forrester Library Assistant (uncredited) 2000-12-21
Psycho Path Himself 2000-02-10
The Making of Drugstore Cowboy 1999-10-26
Psycho Man Talking to Man in Cowboy Hat (uncredited) 1998-12-04
Strange Parallel himself 1998-10-14
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks Himself 1991-10-29
My Own Private Idaho Man Behind Hotel Counter (uncredited) 1991-02-01
Drugstore Cowboy Himself (uncredited) 1989-10-20
Junior Himself 1988-01-01
Five Ways to Kill Yourself 1987-01-01
Mala Noche Guy at Hotel (uncredited) 1986-02-05
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