We’ve been following the career of Gus Van Sant for some time now. He was here in 2003 when for a Regis Dialogue and Retrospective. We premiered his film Gerry at that time, and that film marked the beginning of a departure from the style of filmmaking of his previous work. Longer takes and improvisation became a part of his filmmaking. Gerry might be my personal favorite, but Elephant really blew me away as well. I’ve been looking forward to Paranoid Park since hearing about its premiere at Cannes last year. It’s taken a while for it to make it’s way to the theaters, and it should be a spectacle on the screen here at the Walker. With Cinematography by long-time Wong Kar Wai collaborator Christopher Doyle and Kathy Li, and a newly completed sound sytem upgrade (more on this soon) in our Cinema, this should prove to be a great show.
Take a look at the trailer to get a sense of the film. (and a taste of the super 8 skateboarding footage.)