The view from Gus’ apartment
Gus Van Sant held a casting call that drew thousands to an old Portland high school last week. Here, a Brit film writer is puzzled by the Portland director’s flip-flop from avant garde to schlock, and why he has to fetch his coffee. The Willamette Week threw in a blurb about the Guardian writer’s description of our odd town.
“Portland, Oregon, where Van Sant lives, seems so familiar from his movies. The grey, swirling skies, the rain (151 days a year), the myriad bars, the cool dudes and weirdos, the glitzy and seedy, all side by side. This city in the Pacific northwest is made for students and artists, mavericks and misfits – repertory cinema after repertory cinema, the biggest independent bookshop in the world, and assertive beggars on most street corners.”
The Portland Tribune also published a q and a with Van Sant Friday. The two talks dovetail nicely, though the latter is more surface.