Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He is a two time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director for Good Will Hunting (1997) and Milk (2008), both of which were also nominated for Best Picture and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Elephant (2003). He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures.
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