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Born: July 24, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: Director ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Sea of Trees (2015)
An American man and a Japanese man meet in the "Suicide Forest" in Japan and instead of killing themselves, embark on a journey through the forest together.
2.
Promised Land (2012)
Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer - for drilling rights to their p
3.
Restless (2011)
Annabel Cotton is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life and the natural world. Enoch Brae is a young man who has dropped out of the business of living, after an accident claimed the life of his parents. When these two outsiders chance to meet at a funeral,
4.
Milk (2008)
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harve
5.
Chacun son cinema (2007)
A collection of 33 short films made by a group of 35 directors, hailing from 5 continents and 25 different countries. The participants each made their own three-minute film on the theme of the movie theatre, a place sacred to the world's film buffs.
6.
Paranoid Park (2007)
After a young skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in self-defense with his skateboard at Paranoid Park, he falls into a world of crime, guilt, and fear. He desperately attempts to get out as the investigation into the crime deepens.
7.
Last Days (2005) as Director
Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning
8.
Elephant (2003) as Director
A tale about high school violence that unfolds on an ordinary school day, inside an American high school, filled with schoolwork, football, gossip and socializing. For each of the students we meet, high school is a different experience: stimulating, friendly, traumatic, lonely, hard.
9.
Gerry (2002) as Director
Two young friends who call each other "Gerry" drive off into the wilderness to hike in a remote area. After losing their way in the forbiddingly beautiful terrain, they rely on humor and confidence to propel them forward. But when the gravity of their situation takes hold, their strength and prospec
10.
Finding Forrester (2000) as Director
William Forrester, once a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, now spends his days as a unkempt recluse who sits in his window spying on boys playing basketball in the schoolyard below. One of those boys, Jamal Wallace, is an exceptional athlete whose ticket out of the projects is only partially due to
11.
Psycho (1998) as Director
When a woman is reported missing--last seen at the infamous Bates Motel--her sister and boyfriend set out to investigate, come to the motel, and find it run by a voyeuristic taxidermist, loner who is obsessed with his dead mother and has a penchant for dressing up like her.
12.
Good Will Hunting (1997) as Director
A child abuse survivor reveals a surprising genius for mathematics.
13.
To Die For (1995) as Director
Suzanne Stone is a small town girl with a dream--to become a famous TV personality--a dream that becomes a nightmare when ambition turns into obsession. Disillusioned with her marriage to Larry, she immerses herself in the pursuit of her career and manages to talk her way into a job at the local TV station. She decides to produce a documentary about kids and enlists the help of three teenagers who seem to have little hope for the future: Jimmy, Russell, and Lydia. Together, they form a powerful and dangerous bond which threatens to blow the lid off their seemingly idyllic suburban life forever.
14.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) as Director
Film adaptation of Tom Robbins' cult novel, first published in 1976, recounting the misadventures of a beautiful young woman, Sissy Hankshaw, whose over-sized thumbs establish her as a very formidable hitchhiker.
15.
My Own Private Idaho (1991) as Director
Two street hustlers from the Northwest, one abandoned as a child, the other rebellious scion of a wealthy and powerful family, travel as far as Rome, Italy in search of the former's missing mother.
16.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989) as Director
Gritty drama, set in the early 1970s, about a band of superstitious, drug-addled misfits who live by their wits and rob drugstores.
17.
Junior (1988) as Director
A young man's cat chases reflections cast by his guitar.
18.
Five Ways to Kill Yourself (1987) as Director
19.
Ken Death Gets Out of Jail (1987) as Director
20.
Mala Noche (1986) as Director
An amiable skid-row liquor-store clerk falls madly in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.
21.
Switzerland (1984) as Director
22.
My New Friend (1984) as Director
A caustic autobiographical story in which Van Sant holds up a photo of a naked man and explains how he got a black eye.
23.
My Friend (1983) as Director
24.
Discipline of D.E., The (1978) as Director

Cast (feature film)

26.
28.
Fabulous! The Story Of Queer Cinema (2006)
Looks at queer films from the '40s through the New Queer Cinema movement of the '90s, to today's gay & lesbian films.
29.
Last Days (2005)
Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning
30.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) as Himself
Once upon a time in a galaxy very, very close to New Jersey Jay and Silent Bob stumble upon something new called the internet and discover that Miramax is making a movie about their alter-egos, "Bluntman & Chronic." In order to hang onto what tiny crumbs of credibility they have left, the dazed duo
31.
Orientations - Christopher Doyle: Stirred Not Shaken (2000)
A portrait of the mercurial director of photography Christopher Doyle, reknowned for his work with Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Doyle never attended film school and is famous for his flashy, anarchic visual style. In addition to his work with directors Wong, St
32.
Guns on the Clackamas (1995) as Himself
This parody of the film industry follows a noted documentarian making a movie about the making of a movie. The subject of the documentary is a trouble-plagued western whose cast members drop off like flies, making the future of both films uncertain.

Writer (feature film)

33.
Paranoid Park (2007)
After a young skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in self-defense with his skateboard at Paranoid Park, he falls into a world of crime, guilt, and fear. He desperately attempts to get out as the investigation into the crime deepens.
34.
Last Days (2005) as Screenwriter
Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning
35.
Elephant (2003) as Screenwriter
A tale about high school violence that unfolds on an ordinary school day, inside an American high school, filled with schoolwork, football, gossip and socializing. For each of the students we meet, high school is a different experience: stimulating, friendly, traumatic, lonely, hard.
36.
Gerry (2002) as Screenwriter
Two young friends who call each other "Gerry" drive off into the wilderness to hike in a remote area. After losing their way in the forbiddingly beautiful terrain, they rely on humor and confidence to propel them forward. But when the gravity of their situation takes hold, their strength and prospec
37.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) as Screenwriter
Film adaptation of Tom Robbins' cult novel, first published in 1976, recounting the misadventures of a beautiful young woman, Sissy Hankshaw, whose over-sized thumbs establish her as a very formidable hitchhiker.
38.
My Own Private Idaho (1991) as Screenwriter
Two street hustlers from the Northwest, one abandoned as a child, the other rebellious scion of a wealthy and powerful family, travel as far as Rome, Italy in search of the former's missing mother.
39.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989) as Screenwriter
Gritty drama, set in the early 1970s, about a band of superstitious, drug-addled misfits who live by their wits and rob drugstores.
40.
Ken Death Gets Out of Jail (1987) as Screenwriter
41.
Mala Noche (1986) as Screenwriter
An amiable skid-row liquor-store clerk falls madly in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.

Producer (feature film)

42.
Michael (2015)
43.
Promised Land (2012)
Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer - for drilling rights to their p
44.
Restless (2011)
Annabel Cotton is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life and the natural world. Enoch Brae is a young man who has dropped out of the business of living, after an accident claimed the life of his parents. When these two outsiders chance to meet at a funeral,
45.
Howl (2010)
The story of the obscenity trial launched to censor Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," the groundbreaking poem of the Beat Generation in 1957.
46.
Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)
Logan, soft-spoken, lonely, and 13-years-old, is a boy with a crush. Unlike his equally lonely friend Joey, who obsesses over the sexual exploits of the slightly older, post-pubescent boys, Logan is fixated on the boys themselves--particularly Rodeo Walker. Rodeo is the only one of the group of cool
47.
Tarnation (2004) as Executive Producer
Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, part acid trip. A psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American fa
48.
Speedway Junky (1999) as Executive Producer
Johnny, a young and innocent dreamer driven by his goal to race cars in North Carolina, finds himself penniless and hungry in Las Vegas. After being ripped off by a female hustler, propositioned by an older man and generally jerked around, Johnny is pissed off and discouraged. He meets Eric who intr
49.
Psycho (1998) as Producer
When a woman is reported missing--last seen at the infamous Bates Motel--her sister and boyfriend set out to investigate, come to the motel, and find it run by a voyeuristic taxidermist, loner who is obsessed with his dead mother and has a penchant for dressing up like her.
50.
Kids (1995) as Executive Producer
Telly, a coarse 17-year-old skateboard enthusiast, lives only to get laid. As Telly discourses nonstop on the pleasures of deflowering 14-year-old girls, he and his best friend Casper tool around New York City's East Side, steal, smoke dope, and eventually make their way to an all-night party, at wh
51.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) as Producer
Film adaptation of Tom Robbins' cult novel, first published in 1976, recounting the misadventures of a beautiful young woman, Sissy Hankshaw, whose over-sized thumbs establish her as a very formidable hitchhiker.
52.
My Own Private Idaho (1991) as Executive Producer
Two street hustlers from the Northwest, one abandoned as a child, the other rebellious scion of a wealthy and powerful family, travel as far as Rome, Italy in search of the former's missing mother.
53.
Ken Death Gets Out of Jail (1987) as Producer
54.
Mala Noche (1986) as Producer
An amiable skid-row liquor-store clerk falls madly in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.

Editing (feature film)

55.
Paranoid Park (2007)
After a young skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in self-defense with his skateboard at Paranoid Park, he falls into a world of crime, guilt, and fear. He desperately attempts to get out as the investigation into the crime deepens.
56.
Last Days (2005) as Editor
Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning
57.
Elephant (2003) as Editor
A tale about high school violence that unfolds on an ordinary school day, inside an American high school, filled with schoolwork, football, gossip and socializing. For each of the students we meet, high school is a different experience: stimulating, friendly, traumatic, lonely, hard.
58.
Mala Noche (1986) as Editor
An amiable skid-row liquor-store clerk falls madly in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.

Music (feature film)

59.
Mala Noche (1986) as Song Performer ("Morir Por Tu Amor" (English Version))
An amiable skid-row liquor-store clerk falls madly in love with an illegal Mexican immigrant.

Sound (feature film)

60.
Milk (2008)
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harve
61.
Finding Forrester (2000) as Re-Recording Mixer
William Forrester, once a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, now spends his days as a unkempt recluse who sits in his window spying on boys playing basketball in the schoolyard below. One of those boys, Jamal Wallace, is an exceptional athlete whose ticket out of the projects is only partially due to
62.
Good Will Hunting (1997) as Re-Recording Mixer
A child abuse survivor reveals a surprising genius for mathematics.
63.
Property (1978) as Sound

Misc. Crew (feature film)

64.
Property (1978)

Special Thanks (feature film)

65.
Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996) as Special Thanks
When twenty-three-year-old John Lee learns that the Yosemite Valley Railroad is being scrapped, he yearns to save it. An ardent fanatic, John has railroading in his blood since his grandfather emigrated to the United States to work as a laborer on the first transcontinental. John arranges financing

Director (special)

66.
American Flash Cards (1992) as Director ("Thanksgiving Prayer")
"Thanksgiving Prayer" is an acerbic, darkly comic look at American history. Images are layered over William Burroughs reading of his poem. "Gotham" is a rapid montage of gangster and crime footage culled from Hollywood "B" movies, set against the frenetic, thoroughly American music of Zorn. "Too D

Cast (special)

67.
Untitled Jay Lacopo Project, The (1999)
A fictionalized account of writer-director Jay Lacopo's attempt to get various celebrities interested in his screenplay.
68.
Director's Vision: Hollywood's Best Discuss Their Craft, The (1998)
A panel of film directors discuss their craft.

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