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Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989). See full bio »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Elephant Director
My Own Private Idaho
Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy Director
Paranoid Park
Paranoid Park Director


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 2017 When We Rise (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- Night I: Part I (2017)
 2015 The Devil You Know (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2015)
 2012 Promised Land
 2012 My Own Private River (Documentary)
 2011 Boss (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Listen (2011) ... (directed by)
 2011/I Restless
 2008/I Milk
 2008 8 (segment "Mansion on the hill")
 2007 Paranoid Park
 2006 Paris, je t'aime (segment "Le Marais")
 2006 Best of Chris Isaak (Video) (music video "San Francisco Days")
 2005 Last Days
 2003 Red Hot Chili Peppers: Greatest Videos (Video documentary) (video "Under the Bridge")
 2003 Elephant
 2002 Best of Bowie (Video documentary) (video "Fame '90")
 2002 Gerry
 1998 Psycho
 1998 Hanson: Weird (Video short)
 1996 Candlebox: Understanding (Video short)
 1996 Four Boys in a Volvo (Short)
 1995 To Die For
 1993 K.D.Lang: Just Keep Me Moving (Video short)
 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)
 1993 Chris Isaak: San Francisco Days (Video short)
 1993 Bowie: The Video Collection (Video) (video "Fame '90")
 1992 Elton John: The Last Song (Video short)
 1992 Deee-Lite: Runaway (Video short)
 1992 Tracy Chapman: Bang Bang Bang (Video short)
 1990 David Bowie: Fame '90 (Video short)
 1989 Drugstore Cowboy (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)
 1987 My New Friend (Short)
 1986 Mala Noche
 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short)
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Directed k.d. lang music video "Just Keep Me Moving" (1993). See more »

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1 Print Biography | 15 Interviews | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Gus Van Sant Jr.


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Different filmmakers do it different ways. My way was to make something for cheap. It's a good deal for people to give me $3 million for a movie. So they don't have a lot of requirements. If I was looking for $30 million, then they need more requirements. They need movie stars, and they need backup for their money. The drawback is, when they spend small amounts of money, the studios don't tend to... See more »


He has taught two classes at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, OR. See more »


His end credits are often run over film footage (i.e. home movies in 'Drugstore Cowboy', ice skating in 'To Die For', an incoming storm in 'Elephant') instead of the usual solid black. A notable exception is 'My Own Private Idaho'. See more »

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