Gus Van Sant Jr. (born July 24, 1952) in Louisville, Kentucky is a gay director, photographer, musician and author. He has appeared in a cameo on screen in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and began at a commercial director in the Pacific Northwest.
Van Sant was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award in 1998 for Good Will Hunting, and won Best Director and Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant. He has written the screenplays for most of his early movies as well as a novel "Pink" ISBN 0385493533. A book of his photography has also been published called "108 Portraits" ISBN 0944092225. Some of the movies he has written and / or directed include an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls get the Blues, which featured a truly one-of-a-kind cast (Keanu Reeves, Roseanne, Angie Dickenson, Uma Thurman and cameos by William S Burroughs and a then-unknown Heather Graham, among others) and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Keanu Reeves as well as the late River Phoenix.
He has released two CDs entitled "Gus van Sant" and "18 Songs About Golf". He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Director - filmography
Last Days (2005) - in production
Finding Forrester (2000)
Psycho (1998 - a remake)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
To Die For (1995)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Mala Noche (1985)