A director who is capable of crafting both deeply unconventional independent films and mainstream crowd-pleasers, Gus Van Sant has managed to carve an enviable niche for himself in Hollywood. Since debuting in 1985 with Mala Noche, Van Sant has become one of the premiere bards of dysfunction, populating his films with a parade of hustlers, junkies, psychopathic weather girls, homicidal teens, and troubled geniuses.
The son of a traveling salesman, Van Sant was born in Louisville, KY, on July 24, 1952. One constant in the director’s early years was his interest in painting and Super-8 filmmaking. Van Sant’s artistic leanings took him to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, where introduction to Avant-Garde cinema quickly inspired him to change his major from painting to cinema. After mobving to LA, Van Sant became fascinated by the existence of the marginalized section of L.A.‘s population, especially in context with the more ordinary prosperous world that surrounded them… read more
What are you doing, Gus? You have a project with Taylor Lautner in development (hell, I hope!)... and you've filmed a scene with pretty boy Alex Pettyfer in a bid to make "50 shades of grey". C'mon Gus, if you wanna have some fun with those guys, by all means do it, but please keep it in the bedroom with a camcorder. Don't fuck up your filmography further, Promised Land and Restless were bad enough...
his old films were amazing, i loved My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy, Mala Noche, Elephant. Last Days were okay, but Paranoid Park? meh.