Van Sant discusses his take on the Hollywood system, and how a low-budget helps him retain artistic control.
Popular theory has it that a hit independent film is a director’s ticket to the big-money Hollywood gravy train.
But filmmaker Gus Van Sant returns over and over to low-budget land. It’s the only way, he says, to make the movies he really wants to create.
Gus’ interesting take on Portland:
It’s not a big enough city that people really move to or move out of. It gets more cosmopolitan every decade. It’s still its own universe. It’s a frontier town. And even with an influx of people that have come from the outside, it still retains a small-town existence. Like Boise, Idaho, where the people that are there, they were born there, and they will die there.