Gus Van Sant Biography (1952?-)

Full name, Gus Green Van Sant, Jr.; born July 24, 1952 (some sources say 1953) in Louisville, KY; son of Gus Green (a clothing manufacturer) and Betty (maiden name, Seay) Van Sant. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Office: Sawtooth, Pie Films, and Meno Film Company, 1300 NW Northrup Ave., 3rd Floor, Portland, OR 97209.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, screenwriter, producer, editor, sound recordist
Birth Details
July 24, 1952?
Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • The Discipline of D.E. (short), 1978
  • My Friend, 1983
  • My New Friend, 1985
  • Mala Noche (also known as Bad Night), Northern Film Company, 1986
  • Ken Death Gets out of Jail, 1987
  • Five Ways to Kill Yourself (short), 1987
  • Junior, 1988
  • (As Gus Van Sant, Jr.) Drugstore Cowboy, Avenue Pictures, 1989
  • My Own Private Idaho, Fine Line Features, 1991
  • Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • To Die For, Alma-Kino-Filmverleih, 1995
  • Ballad of the Skeletons, 1996
  • Good Will Hunting, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Psycho, Universal, 1998
  • Brokeback Mountain, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Finding Forrester, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000
  • Gerry, ThinkFilm Inc., 2002
  • The Best of Bowie (video), 2002
  • Elephant, Fine Line Features, 2003
  • Also directed Alice in Hollywood.
  • Film Executive Producer
  • My Own Private Idaho, Fine Line Features, 1991
  • Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Kids, Miramax, 1995
  • Speedway Junky, Regent Entertainment, 1999
  • "Psycho" Path (documentary short), Universal Studios Home Video, 1999
  • Film Producer
  • Mala Noche (also known as Bad Night), Northern Film Company, 1986
  • Psycho, Universal, 1998
  • Brokeback Mountain, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Film Editor
  • Mala Noche (also known as Bad Night), Northern Film Company, 1986
  • Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Gerry, ThinkFilm, Inc., 2002
  • Elephant, Fine Line Features, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Sound recordist, Property, 1978
  • Re-recording mixer, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, New Line Cinema,1993
  • Sound re-recording mixer, Good Will Hunting, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Re-recording mixer, Finding Forrester, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2000
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks, 1991
  • Himself, Guns on the Clackamas, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Man talking to man in cowboy hat, Psycho, MCA/Universal, 1998
  • Himself, "Psycho" Path (documentary short), 1999
  • Orientations--Christopher Doyle: Stirred Not Shaken, 2000
  • Himself, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dimension Films, 2001
  • Himself, Rescued from the Closet (documentary), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Understanding, 1996
  • Specials
  • Director and editor, "Thanksgiving Prayer," American Flash Cards,PBS, 1992
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • (Archive footage) Himself, The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • The Director's Vision: Hollywood's Best Discuss Their Craft, Sundance, 1998
  • The Untitled Jay Lacopo Project, Sundance, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Appeared on Champlin on Film, Bravo; and on Hi-Octane (alsoknown as High Octane), Comedy Central.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With William S. Burroughs) The Elvis of Letters, Tim Kerr, 1985
  • Gus Van Sant, PopTones, 1997
  • 18 Songs about Golf, 1983, PopTones, 1998
  • Music Videos; Director
  • "Weird," Hanson, 1998
  • Also directed "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers; "ThanksgivingPrayer" by William S. Burroughs; and "Fame '90" by David Bowie.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Mala Noche (also known as Bad Night), Northern Film Company, 1986
  • (As Gus Van Sant, Jr.; with Daniel Yost), Drugstore Cowboy, AvenuePictures, 1989
  • My Own Private Idaho, Fine Line Features, 1991
  • Thanksgiving Prayer, 1991
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Gerry, ThinkFilms, Inc., 2002
  • Elephant, Fine Line Features, 2003
  • Novels
  • Pink, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Advocate, March 31, 1998, p. 46
    • Film Comment, September, 1991, p. 35
    • Interview, March, 1991, p. 126; January, 1998, p. 42; December, 1998, p. 32
    • Newsweek, April 15, 1991, p. 68; December 7, 1998, p. 70
    • Rolling Stone, October 31, 1991, p. 61

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