The Northwest Film Center presents:
Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences)
film series & class
Film dates: April 23-June 5, 2015
Class dates: April 25-June 20Over the last three decades, Gus Van Sant has created an extraordinary body of film work. His first long-form films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, known as the “Portland Trilogy”, feature rebellious characters on the fringes of mainstream society who yearned to form new communities. The films became instant cult classics, earning Van Sant acknowledgment as one of the most talented and imaginative filmmakers of the indie film renaissance. Over the next decade, he directed a number of films that brought him critical and commercial success (the hugely popular GOOD WILL HUNTING and his bold remake of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO), before embarking on a re-evaluation of his artistic process and a return to his early indie roots. This later remarkable group of films features innovative visual style and groundbreaking sound explorations. Along with this survey of his films, we offer an exciting selection of works by filmmakers that have influenced the Van Sant’s film practice, including works by Stanley Kubrick, Werner Herzog, and Béla Tarr.—Mario Falsetto.
Mario Falsetto, Professor Emeritus in Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and author of the just published “Conversations with Gus Van Sant,” is teaching “Essential Gus Van Sant,” an eight-session non-credit course April 25—June 20. See School of Film for registration information.
Enrollment in the Essential Gus Van Sant provides FREE admission to all of the films in the series.
Complete Film listings:
May 16 – Saturday 2 p.m.
May 17 – Sunday 7 p.m.
May 21 – Thursday 7 p.m.
ELEPHANT (Gus Van Sant)
May 21 – Thursday 8:45 p.m.
ELEPHANT (Alan Clarke)
May 23 – Saturday 2 p.m.
EYES WIDE SHUT
May 28 – Thursday 7 p.m.
June 4 – Thursday 7 p.m.
THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
June 5 – Friday 7 p.m.
The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region. The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.
Essential Gus Van Sant series trailer: https://youtu.be/Te5EFqCeGjI
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium Portland Art Museum-1219 SW Park Avenue