Gus Van Sant tribute SDFF
Gus Van Sant Tribute San Diego Film Festival

One of the biggest treats the San Diego Film Festival has in store is a tribute to Oscar-nominated Director Gus Van Sant. In the past, the San Diego Film Festival was more known for its lavish parties, but with a new team in the driver’s seat, the SDFF will have more of a high-profile reputation in the world of film festivals.

This year’s SDFF will have more screening locations, as it has been extended to La Jolla at the Museum of Contemporary Art, filmmaker panels, special events like the Almost Famous Block Party, and more films.

Gus Van Sant will be in attendance for the Gus Van Sant Film Festival Tribute and Retrospective. The director of such films as Good Will Hunting and Milk will be in attendance at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The tribute will be accompanied by a screening of Good Will Hunting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Oscar-nominated film.

“Regional festivals are some of the best,” Van Sant told the Union Tribune. “I’ve gone to a lot of different festivals over the last 30 years, and the smaller ones are some of my favorites.”

Good Will Hunting 15th Anniversary
Good Will Hunting 15th Anniversary

Van Sant, a reserved director known for his rich films about outcasts, has never had a tribute like this done at a film festival before. In addition to being an amazing filmmaker, Van Sant is also a published novelist, a musician with two solo albums, as well as a photographer.

The event will begin at 5pm with a VIP reception, and the tribute will begin at 7pm, followed by the screening of Good Will Hunting. Van Sant’s fellow colleagues and actors will be in attendance for the tribute.

Throughout the film festival, which runs from September 26-30, there will be screenings of Van Sant’s films, such as My Own Private Idaho, Milk, and To Die For. This tribute to Van Sant, and his attendance, will definitely make the SDFF a more significant event than it has been in the past.

“Our goal in taking over the event is to make it a Sundance, make it a TriBeCa. I think getting Gus to come will really make the industry stand up and take notice,” said Steven Persitza, vice president of the SDFF.

Van Sant’s most recent project is a film called Promised Land, reuniting Van Sant with Matt Damon. The film is about a natural gas salesman that goes through life-changing events when he arrives in a small town on business. The film also stars Frances McDormand, and John Krasinski.

Tickets and passes for the San Diego Film Festival are available at the SDFF website. Locals can save 15% off of their passes with this promo code: locallove. The Festival VIP Pass is $300 and will get you into the “by invite only” Gus Van Sant tribute, as well as VIP access to all films, parties, panels, awards ceremony, the Almost Famous block party, and more. There are also other passes to choose from at the SDFF website.

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