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Gus Van Sant

June 27 to July 1

By turns a determined outsider artist and an insider Hollywood player, equally effective when operating as an austere, experimentally-oriented formalist and as a traditional narrative director of unusual emotional directness and potency, Gus Van Sant has produced one of the most diverse, unexpected, and consistently inspired bodies of work in recent American cinema. After establishing himself through films telling stories from the fringes of drug dependency and queer culture, Van Sant catapulted to extraordinary popular success on the back of the phenomenon that was Good Will Hunting, a breakthrough that he would shortly follow with the perverse experiment of his shot-by-shot Psycho remake and a run of oblique, willfully difficult, and troublingly beautiful films from Gerry to Paranoid Park. Now, on the occasion of the forthcoming release of Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, based on the memoir of quadriplegic Portland cartoonist Bill Callahan, we take a giddy look back at this career of dizzying twists and hairpin turns, always headed for the next bend in the road.