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Gus Green Van Sant, Jr.[1] (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and more mainstream filmmaker. His films typically deal with themes of marginalized subcultures, in particular homosexuality; as such, Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. Van Sant's early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. He made his feature-length cinematic directorial debut with Mala Noche
Mala Noche
(1985). His second feature Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy
(1989) was highly acclaimed, and earned Van Sant screenwriting awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle and Best Director from the National Society of Film Critics. His following film My Own Private Idaho (1991) was similarly praised, as was the black comedy To Die For (1995), the drama Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
(1997) and the biopic Milk (2008); for the latter two, Van Sant was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Director and both films received Best Picture nominations. In 2003, Elephant – Van Sant's roman à clef of the Columbine High School massacre – won the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival and Van Sant also received the festival's Best Director Award,[2] making him one of only two filmmakers – the other being Joel Coen – to win both accolades in the same year. Though most of Van Sant's other films received favourable reviews, such as Finding Forrester
Finding Forrester
(2000) and Paranoid Park (2007), some of his efforts such as the art house production Last Days (2005) and the environmental drama Promised Land have received more mixed reviews from critics, while his adaptation of Tom Robbins's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994), his 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and his most recent film to date, The Sea of Trees (2015), were critical and commercial failures. In addition to directing, Van Sant wrote the screenplays for several of his earlier works, and is the author of a novel entitled Pink.[3] A book of his photography, called 108 Portraits,[4] has also been published, and he has released two musical albums. He is openly gay and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.[5]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 1982–1989: Early career 2.2 1990–1995: Indie and arthouse success 2.3 1997–2003: Mainstream breakout 2.4 2003–present: Return to arthouse cinema

3 In the media 4 Archive 5 Awards and nominations 6 Filmography

6.1 Feature films 6.2 Short films 6.3 Music videos 6.4 Recordings 6.5 Executive producer 6.6 Actor 6.7 Television

7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Early life[edit] Van Sant was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Betty (née Seay) and Gus Green Van Sant, Sr; Gus's father was a clothing manufacturer[1] and traveling salesman who rapidly worked his way into middle class prosperity, holding executive marketing positions that included being president of the White Stag Manufacturing Company's Apparel Operation.[6] As a result of his father's job, the family moved continually during Van Sant's childhood. His paternal family is of partial Dutch origin; the name "Van Sant" is derived from the Dutch name "Van Zandt". The earliest Van Zandt arrived in the New Netherland
New Netherland
area in the early 17th century, around what is now New York City.[7] Van Sant is an alumnus of Darien High School
Darien High School
in Darien, Connecticut,[8] and The Catlin Gabel School
The Catlin Gabel School
in Portland, Oregon.[9] One constant in the director's early years was his interest in visual arts (namely, painting and Super-8
Super-8
filmmaking); while still in school he began making semi-autobiographical shorts costing between 30 and 50 dollars. Van Sant's artistic leanings took him to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, where his introduction to various avant-garde directors inspired him to change his major from painting to cinema.[10] Career[edit] 1982–1989: Early career[edit] After spending time in Europe, Van Sant went to Los Angeles in 1976.[11] He secured a job as a production assistant to writer/director Ken Shapiro, with whom he developed a few ideas, none of which came to fruition. In 1981, Van Sant made Alice in Hollywood, a film about a naïve young actress who goes to Hollywood and abandons her ideals. It was never released. During this period, Van Sant began to spend time observing the denizens of the more down-and-out sections of Hollywood Boulevard. He became fascinated by the existence of this marginalized section of L.A.'s population, especially in context with the more ordinary, prosperous world that surrounded them. Van Sant would repeatedly focus his work on those existing on society's fringes, making his feature film directorial debut Mala Noche. It was made two years after Van Sant went to New York to work in an advertising agency. He saved $20,000 during his tenure there, enabling him to finance the majority of his tale of doomed love between a gay liquor store clerk and a Mexican immigrant. The film, which was taken from Portland street writer Walt Curtis' semi-autobiographical novella, featured some of the director's hallmarks, notably an unfulfilled romanticism, a dry sense of the absurd, and the refusal to treat homosexuality as something deserving of judgment. Unlike many gay filmmakers, Van Sant—who had long been openly gay—declined to use same-sex relationships as fodder for overtly political statements, although such relationships would frequently appear in his films. Shot in black-and-white, the film earned Van Sant almost overnight acclaim on the festival circuit, with the Los Angeles Times naming it the year's Best Independent Film.[12] The film's success attracted Hollywood interest, and Van Sant was briefly courted by Universal; the courtship ended after Van Sant pitched a series of project ideas (including what would later become Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy
and My Own Private Idaho) that the studio declined to take interest in. Van Sant moved back to Portland, Oregon, where he set up house and began giving life to the ideas rejected by Universal. He directed Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy
about four drug addicts robbing pharmacies to support their habit. The film met with great critical success and revived the career of Matt Dillon. 1990–1995: Indie and arthouse success[edit] Drugstore Cowboy's exploration of the lives of those living on society's outer fringes, as well as its Portland setting, were mirrored in Van Sant's next effort, the similarly acclaimed My Own Private Idaho (1991). Only with the success of Cowboy was Van Sant now given license to make Idaho (a film he had originally pitched but was knocked back several times as the script was deemed 'too risky' by studios). Now New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
had given Van Sant the green light, he was on a mission to get the Idaho script to his first choices for his two young leads. After months of struggle with agents and managers over the content of the script, Van Sant finally secured River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
in the roles of Mike Waters and Scott Favor. Centering around the dealings of two male hustlers (played by Phoenix and Reeves), the film was a compelling examination of unrequited love, alienation, and the concept of family (a concept Van Sant repeatedly explores in his films). The film won him an Independent Spirit Award for his screenplay (he had won the same award for his Drugstore Cowboy screenplay), as well as greater prestige. The film also gained River Phoenix best actor honors at the Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
among others. In addition, it helped Reeves—previously best known for his work in the Bill and Ted
Bill and Ted
movies—to get the critical respect that had previously eluded him. Van Sant's next film, a 1993 adaptation of Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, was an excessive flop, both commercially and critically. Featuring an unusually large budget (for Van Sant, at least) of $8.5 million and a large, eclectic cast including Uma Thurman, John Hurt, Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
and a newcomer in the form of River Phoenix's younger sister Rain (at Phoenix's suggestion), the film was worked and then reworked, but the finished product nonetheless resulted in something approaching a significant disaster. Van Sant's 1995 film To Die For
To Die For
helped to restore his luster. An adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel, the black comedy starred Nicole Kidman as a murderously ambitious weather girl; it also stars Matt Dillon as her hapless husband and, the third Phoenix sibling in as many projects, Joaquin Phoenix, as her equally hapless lover (River had died from a drug overdose a year and half earlier). It was Van Sant's first effort for a major studio (Columbia), and its success paved the way for further projects of the director's choosing. The same year, he served as executive producer for Larry Clark's Kids; it was a fitting assignment, due to both the film's subject matter and the fact that Clark's photographs of junkies had served as reference points for Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy. 1997–2003: Mainstream breakout[edit] In 1997, Van Sant gained mainstream acceptance thanks to Good Will Hunting, starring and written by Matt Damon
Matt Damon
and Ben Affleck. The film—about a troubled, blue-collar mathematical genius—was a huge critical and commercial success. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Director for Van Sant. It also won two, including Best Screenplay for Damon and Affleck, and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Robin Williams, who, in his acceptance speech, referred to Van Sant as "the mellowest man in Hollywood." Van Sant, Damon and Affleck parodied themselves and the film's success in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The success of Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
afforded Van Sant the opportunity to remake the Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
classic Psycho. As opposed to reinterpreting the 1960 film, Van Sant opted to recreate the film shot-for-shot, in color, with a cast of young Hollywood A-listers. His decision was met with equal parts curiosity, skepticism, and derision from industry insiders and outsiders alike, and the finished result met with a similar reception. It starred Anne Heche, Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn
and Julianne Moore, and met with a negative critical reception and did poorly at the box office. In 2000, Van Sant directed Finding Forrester, about a high-school student (Rob Brown) from the Bronx unlikely becoming a friend of a crusty, reclusive author (Sean Connery). Critical response was generally positive.[13] In addition to directing, he devoted considerable energy to releasing two albums and publishing a novel, Pink, which was a thinly veiled exploration of his grief over River Phoenix's death.[citation needed] 2003–present: Return to arthouse cinema[edit]

Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
at the press conference of Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. Berlinale 2018.

Van Sant traveled to the deserts of Argentina, Utah, and Death Valley for 2002's Gerry, a loosely devised, largely improvised feature in which stars Matt Damon
Matt Damon
and Casey Affleck—both playing characters named Gerry—wander through the desert, discussing Wheel of Fortune, video games, and nothing in particular. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It took Gerry over a year to make it to theaters, in which time Van Sant began production on his next film, Elephant. Approached by HBO and producer Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
to craft a fictional film based on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the director chose to shoot in his hometown of Portland, employing dozens of untrained, teen actors. As well as melding improvisational long takes like those in Gerry with Harris Savides' fluid camerawork, the film was also influenced by Alan Clarke's 1989 film of the same name (see Elephant). The finished film provoked strong reactions from audiences at the 2003 Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival. At the Cannes
Cannes
festival, the jury awarded Elephant with their top prize, the Palme d'Or, and Van Sant with his first Best Director statue from the festival.[2] The success of Elephant led Van Sant to show the U.S. premiere of Elephant as a fundraiser for Outside In, an organization working to help youth living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. In 2005, Van Sant released Last Days, the final component of what he refers to as his "Death Trilogy," (the other parts being Gerry and Elephant). It is a fictionalized account of what happened to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
in the days leading up to his death. In 2006, Van Sant began work on Paranoid Park based on the book by Blake Nelson, about a skateboarding teenager who accidentally causes someone's death. The film was released in Europe in February 2008. He also directed the "Le Marais" segment of the omnibus film Paris, je t'aime. Released in 2008, Van Sant's Milk is a biopic of openly gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978 and is played by Sean Penn
Sean Penn
in the movie. The film received eight Oscar nominations at the 81st Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for writer Dustin Lance Black. Van Sant was nominated for Best Director.[14][15] Van Sant later stated that his experience with Sean Penn
Sean Penn
on the film was "amazing".[16] His 2011 project Restless[17] was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival, and starred Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, the son of actor Dennis Hopper.[18][19] Van Sant's film, Promised Land, was released on December 28, 2012.[20] The film stars Frances McDormand, Matt Damon, and John Krasinski—the latter two co-wrote the screenplay based on a story by Dave Eggers. Filmed in April 2012, the production company, Focus Features, selected the release date so that the film is eligible to qualify for awards consideration.[21][22] Following Promised Land, Van Sant directed a film titled Sea of Trees, which starred Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
and Ken Watanabe. The film tells the story of a man who travels to the infamous suicide forest in Japan to kill himself, only to encounter another man wishing to kill himself as well, with whom he then embarks on a "spiritual journey." [23] The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival but was met with harsh critical reception at the Cannes, being booed and laughed at.[24][25] In December 2016, it was announced Van Sant would direct Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, a biopic about cartoonist John Callahan, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Jack Black
Jack Black
and Mark Webber.[26][27][28][29] Principal photography began in March 2017.[30][31] In the media[edit] Van Sant released two musical albums: Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and 18 Songs About Golf. The Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene
song, "Art House Director", is supposedly about himself, a connection discussed by a Singaporean fan on the internet.[32] Van Sant played himself in episodes of the HBO series Entourage and the IFC series Portlandia. Van Sant directed the pilot for the Starz television program Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer. Van Sant went onto The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast to discuss filmmaking, writing, film history and their collaborations that never got made (The Golden Suicides) and the one that did (The Canyons).[33] Archive[edit] The moving image collection of Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
is held at the Academy Film Archive.[34] Awards and nominations[edit]

Career Achievement

Provincetown International Film Festival Filmmaker on the Edge Award (2002)

Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy
(1989)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay (with Daniel Yost)[35] Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay (with Daniel Yost) National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (with Daniel Yost) New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay (with Daniel Yost)

My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho
(1991)

Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Official Selection Toronto Festival of Festivals FIPRESCI Prize

Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
(1997)

Berlin Film Festival Official Selection[36] Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Director [film won for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay] Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
(DGA) nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Satellite Award nomination for Best Director[citation needed]

Finding Forrester
Finding Forrester
(2000)

Berlin Film Festival Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas

Elephant (2003)

Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival Palme d'Or[2] Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival Prix de la mise en scène[2]

Last Days (2005)

Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival Official Selection[37]

Paranoid Park (2007)

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival "Prix du 60ème anniversaire" (also acknowledging his body of works)[38]

Milk (2008)

Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Director [film won Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Screenplay] Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director[citation needed] Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Director Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
(DGA) nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Satellite Award nomination for Best Director

Filmography[edit] Feature films[edit]

Year Film Credited Director Credited Producer Credited Writer Grossed Rotten Tomatoes

1985 Mala Noche Yes Yes Yes

95%

1989 Drugstore Cowboy Yes

Yes $4,729,352 100%

1991 My Own Private Idaho Yes

Yes $6,401,336 86%

1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Yes Yes Yes $1,708,873 22%

1995 To Die For Yes

$21,284,514 87%

1997 Good Will Hunting Yes

$225,933,435 97%

1998 Psycho Yes Yes

$37,141,130 37%

2000 Finding Forrester Yes

$80,701,064 73%

2002 Gerry Yes

Yes $236,266 61%

2003 Elephant Yes

Yes $10,020,543 71%

2005 Last Days Yes Yes Yes $2,456,454 57%

2007 Paranoid Park Yes

Yes $4,545,747 77%

2008 Milk Yes

$54,586,584 94%

2011 Restless Yes Yes

$163,265 37%

2012 Promised Land Yes

$8,138,788 51%

2015 The Sea of Trees Yes

$825,577 11%

2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Yes

Yes

73%

Short films[edit]

Fun with a Bloodroot (1967) 2 min 20 sec, 8 mm color The Happy Organ (1971) 20 min, 16 mm black and white Little Johnny (1972) 40 sec, 16 mm black and white 1/2 of a Telephone Conversation (1973) 2 min, 16 mm black and white Late Morning Start (1975) 28 min, 16 mm color The Discipline of DE (1978) 9 min, 16 mm black and white, adaptation of William S. Burroughs' short story, narrated by Ken Shapiro Alice in Hollywood (1981) 45 min, 16 mm color My Friend (1982) 3 min, 16 mm black and white Where'd She Go? (1983) 3 min, 16 mm color Nightmare Typhoon (1984) 9 min, 16 mm black and white My New Friend (1984) 3 min, 16 mm color Ken Death Gets Out of Jail (1985) 3 min, 16 mm black and white Five Ways to Kill Yourself (1986) 3 min, 16 mm black and white Thanksgiving Prayer (1991) 2 min, 35 mm color, written by and starring William S. Burroughs Four Boys in a Volvo (1996) 4min, color Paris, je t'aime
Paris, je t'aime
(2006) segment "Le Marais" To Each His Own Cinema
To Each His Own Cinema
(2007) segment "First Kiss" (3 min) 8 (2008) segment "Mansion on the Hill"[39]

Music videos[edit]

"Thanksgiving Prayer" by William Burroughs
William Burroughs
(1990) "Fame '90" by David Bowie
David Bowie
(1990) "I'm Seventeen" by Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers (1991) "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
(1992) "Bang Bang Bang" by Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
(1992) "Runaway" by Deee-Lite
Deee-Lite
(1992) "The Last Song" by Elton John
Elton John
(1992) "San Francisco Days" by Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
(1993) "Just Keep Me Moving" by k.d. lang (1993) "Creep" (alternate version) by Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
(1993) "Understanding" by Candlebox
Candlebox
(1995) "Ballad of the Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
with Paul McCartney, Philip Glass, Lenny Kaye
Lenny Kaye
et al. (1996) "Weird" by Hanson (1998) "Who Did You Think I Was" (turntable version) by John Mayer Trio (2005) "Desecration Smile" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
(2007)[40] "Ain't It Funny" by Danny Brown
Danny Brown
(2017)

Recordings[edit]

The Elvis of Letters (1985) with William S. Burroughs Millions of Images (1990) with William S. Burroughs

Executive producer[edit]

Kids (1995) Speedway Junky (1999) Tarnation (2003) Wild Tigers I Have Known
Wild Tigers I Have Known
(2006) Lightfield's Home Videos (2006) Howl (2010) Virginia (2010) Act Up! (2012) Laurence Anyways
Laurence Anyways
(2012) Revolution (2013) I Am Michael
I Am Michael
(2015)

Actor[edit]

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
(2001) as Himself Entourage- Season 5, Episode 12: Return to Queens Blvd. (2008) as Himself The Canyons (2013) as Dr. Campbell

Television[edit]

The Devil You Know (2015) - Director, executive producer When We Rise
When We Rise
(2017– ), an American miniseries written by Dustin Lance Black - Director of first two-hour part

See also[edit]

List of people from the Louisville metropolitan area

References[edit]

^ a b film reference (2012). " Gus Van Sant
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Biography (1952?-)". film reference. Advameg, Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ a b c d "Festival de Cannes: Elephant". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-11-05.  ^ Gus Van Sant, Pink, Faber & Faber, 1998, ISBN 0-385-49353-3 ^ Gus Van Sant, 108 Portraits, Twin Palms Pub., 1993, ISBN 0-944092-22-5 ^ Brandao, Rodrigo (November 11, 2015). "Interview with Openly Gay Filmmaker Gus Van Sant". About.com. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016.  ^ "Changes in Management Disclosed by White Stag". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. December 5, 1969. Section 1, p. 39.  ^ [1] ^ "Darien High School". Public School Review. Public School Review. 2003–2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.  ^ "Gus Van Sant- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo!, Inc. 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.  ^ Marx, Rebecca Flint. "Gus van Sant Biography". The New York Times.  ^ "Gus van Sant". The New York Times.  ^ "Gus Van Sant : Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04.  ^ "Finding Forrester". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-12-06.  ^ Andy Towle (23 February 2009). "Milk Picks Up Two Big Oscars as Slumdog Dominates Academy Awards". Towleroad. Towleroad. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ Greg Hernandez (January 22, 2009). ""Milk" gets EIGHT Academy Award nominations..." Out in Hollywood with Greg Hernandez. Los Angeles Newspaper group. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ Gus Van Sant
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(2010). "MADONNA". interviewmagazine.com. Interview, Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ Leffler, Rebecca (April 13, 2011). "Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' to Open Cannes
Cannes
Un Certain Regard". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2011.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2011-04-14.  ^ Fleming, Mike (February 1, 2012). "Focus, Participant Acquire Matt Damon/John Krasinski Film; Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
Directing". Deadline.com.  ^ Gerhardt, Tina (December 31, 2012). " Matt Damon
Matt Damon
Exposes Fracking in Promised Land". The Progressive.  ^ Eric Eisenberg (23 August 2012). "Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, Starring Matt Damon, Gets A Release Date". Cinema Blend. Cinema Blend LLC. Retrieved December 19, 2012.  ^ Matt Goldberg (23 August 2012). "Gus Van Sant's PROMISED LAND Gets into Awards Race; Release Dates Announced for DreamWorks Animation Pictures". Collider.com. IndieClick Film Network. Retrieved December 19, 2012.  ^ Kit, Boris. " Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
to Star in Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'". The Hollywood Reporter. TheHollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014.  ^ "Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees' Booed at Cannes
Cannes
Premiere". variety.com. May 15, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.  ^ Reinstein, Mara (May 15, 2015). "Matthew McConaughey's Film The Sea of Trees Booed, Laughed at During Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival". usmagazine.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015.  ^ Kroll, Justin (November 29, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant Eye Reunion for Biopic on Famed Cartoonist John Callahan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2017.  ^ Kroll, Justin (December 16, 2016). "Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
in Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2017.  ^ McNary, Dave (February 15, 2017). " Jack Black
Jack Black
in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
in Gus Van Sant's John Callahan Biopic". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2017.  ^ Kroll, Justin (March 2, 2017). "Mark Webber Joins Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
in Gus Van Sant's John Callahan Biopic". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2017.  ^ "Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot". My Entertainment World. Retrieved March 6, 2017.  ^ June, Sophia (February 21, 2017). "Cast of Gus Van Sant's John Callahan Movie, Including Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
and Joaquin Phoenix Came to Portland Last Weekend". Wweek.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017.  ^ Mayo Martin (29 July 2010). " Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene
hangs out with local bands! The latter left speechless!". Poparazzi. Poparazzi. Retrieved August 22, 2012. [permanent dead link] ^ " Bret Easton Ellis
Bret Easton Ellis
Podcast". Podcastone.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04.  ^ " Gus Van Sant
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Collection". Academy Film Archive.  ^ LAFCA (2007). "15TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS". LAFCA. LAFCA. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-16.  ^ Festival de Cannes
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(2005). "LAST DAYS". Festival de Cannes. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved August 22, 2012.  ^ Festival de Cannes
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(2007). "PARANOID PARK". Festival de Cannes. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved August 22, 2012.  ^ Unknown. "Biography". Gus Van Sant. Geocities. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  ^ Alex S. Garcia (1998–2012). "Gus van Sant". mvdbase.com. Alex S. Garcia. Retrieved August 17, 2012.  Note that Chris Isaak's Solitary Man (1993) was not directed by Van Sant but by Larry Clark.

Further reading[edit]

Weber, Christian (2015). Gus Van Sant: Looking for a Place Like Home (Ph.D. thesis, University of Mainz). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer. ISBN 978-3-86505-321-3. 

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Films directed by Gus Van Sant

Mala Noche
Mala Noche
(1985) Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy
(1989) My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho
(1991) Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) To Die For
To Die For
(1995) Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
(1997) Psycho (1998) Finding Forrester
Finding Forrester
(2000) Gerry (2002) Elephant (2003) Last Days (2005) Paranoid Park (2007) Mansion on the Hill (2008) Milk (2008) Restless (2011) Promised Land (2012) The Sea of Trees
The Sea of Trees
(2015) Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
(2018)

Awards for Gus Van Sant

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Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival Best Director Award

René Clément
René Clément
(1946) René Clément
René Clément
(1949) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1951) Christian-Jaque (1952) Jules Dassin
Jules Dassin
/ Sergei Vasilyev
Sergei Vasilyev
(1955) Sergei Yutkevich
Sergei Yutkevich
(1956) Robert Bresson (1957) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1958) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1959) Yuliya Solntseva
Yuliya Solntseva
(1961) Liviu Ciulei (1965) Sergei Yutkevich
Sergei Yutkevich
(1966) Ferenc Kósa
Ferenc Kósa
(1967) Glauber Rocha
Glauber Rocha
/ Vojtěch Jasný
Vojtěch Jasný
(1969) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1970) Miklós Jancsó
Miklós Jancsó
(1972) Michel Brault / Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
(1975) Ettore Scola
Ettore Scola
(1976) Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima
(1978) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1979) Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
(1982) Robert Bresson / Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky
(1983) Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier
(1984) André Téchiné
André Téchiné
(1985) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1986) Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(1987) Fernando Solanas
Fernando Solanas
(1988) Emir Kusturica
Emir Kusturica
(1989) Pavel Lungin
Pavel Lungin
(1990) Joel Coen (1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1993) Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti
(1994) Mathieu Kassovitz
Mathieu Kassovitz
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(1997) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Edward Yang (2000) Joel Coen / David Lynch
David Lynch
(2001) Im Kwon-taek / Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2002) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(2003) Tony Gatlif
Tony Gatlif
(2004) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(2005) Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu
(2006) Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel
(2007) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
(2008) Brillante Mendoza
Brillante Mendoza
(2009) Mathieu Amalric
Mathieu Amalric
(2010) Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn
(2011) Carlos Reygadas
Carlos Reygadas
(2012) Amat Escalante
Amat Escalante
(2013) Bennett Miller
Bennett Miller
(2014) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(2015) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
/ Cristian Mungiu
Cristian Mungiu
(2016) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2017)

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay

Horton Foote (1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Neal Jimenez (1987) Ramon Menendez and Tom Musca (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(1991) Neal Jimenez (1992) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
and Frank Barhydt (1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
(1997) Don Roos
Don Roos
(1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2001) Mike White (2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Dan Futterman (2005) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
(2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2008) Scott Neustadter
Scott Neustadter
and Michael H. Weber (2009) Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko (2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Dan Gilroy
Dan Gilroy
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director

Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1966) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1967) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1968) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1969) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1970) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1971) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1972) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1975) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1976) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1977) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1978) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
/ Robert Benton (1979) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1980) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1981) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1982) Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani (1983) Robert Bresson (1984) John Huston
John Huston
(1985) David Lynch
David Lynch
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(1998) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2003) Zhang Yimou
Zhang Yimou
(2004) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(2011) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(2012) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay

1967–2000

David Newman and Robert Benton (1967) John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
(1968) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Éric Rohmer
Éric Rohmer
(1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1972) George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck (1973) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
and John Berger
John Berger
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) John Guare
John Guare
(1981) Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman (1984) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1985) Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) David Webb Peoples (1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Amy Heckerling (1995) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach
(2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
(2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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Golden Raspberry Awards
Golden Raspberry Awards
for Worst Director

1980–2000

Robert Greenwald (1980) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1981) Ken Annakin
Ken Annakin
/ Terence Young (1982) Peter Sasdy (1983) John Derek
John Derek
(1984) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1985) Prince (1986) Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
/ Elaine May
Elaine May
(1987) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
/ Stewart Raffill
Stewart Raffill
(1988) William Shatner
William Shatner
(1989) John Derek
John Derek
(1990) Michael Lehmann (1991) David Seltzer
David Seltzer
(1992) Jennifer Lynch (1993) Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal
(1994) Paul Verhoeven
Paul Verhoeven
(1995) Andrew Bergman (1996) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1997) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(1998) Barry Sonnenfeld
Barry Sonnenfeld
(1999) Roger Christian (2000)

2001–present

Tom Green
Tom Green
(2001) Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie
(2002) Martin Brest (2003) Pitof (2004) John Asher
John Asher
(2005) M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
(2006) Chris Sivertson (2007) Uwe Boll
Uwe Boll
(2008) Michael Bay
Michael Bay
(2009) M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
(2010) Dennis Dugan (2011) Bill Condon (2012) Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, and Jonathan van Tulleken (2013) Michael Bay
Michael Bay
(2014) Josh Trank
Josh Trank
(2015) Dinesh D'Souza
Dinesh D'Souza
and Bruce Schooley (2016) Tony Leondis (2017)

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