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News: Gus Van Sant and James Franco will introduce two screenings of Franco's documentary My Own Private River on September 25 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. Source: Hollywood Theatre
News Release (TSR thoughts below)
HOLLYWOOD THEATRE TO HOST ARTIST TALK WITH GUS VAN SANT AND JAMES FRANCO BEFORE NORTHWEST PREMIERE OF FRANCO’S MY OWN PRIVATE RIVER SCREENING WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE THEATRE
(Portland, OR), September 14, 2011 - After casting Franco in the award-winning film “Milk” (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for “My Own Private Idaho” (© 1991 New Line Cinema Corp. All rights reserved), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Franco describes being mesmerized by Phoenix's "uninhibited acting" in this unreleased footage. “I humbly asked Gus if I could…cut something together, and if he didn’t like it, I would never show anybody,” Franco said. “I thought it would be interesting because it took us six months to cut the film together, and James was going to do it in a month,” Van Sant said. “By himself.” “My Own Private River” consists largely of shots of Phoenix’s character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait; his edit captures the gifted actor at his most emotionally expressive and physically dynamic. The score is by Michael Stipe.
Gus Van Sant was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1952. He obtained a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied painting and cinema. Best known for his work as an award-winning director, he has also exhibited his art at galleries and public institutions including Jamison-Thomas Gallery, Portland, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.
James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California in 1978. He obtained a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. He is currently enrolled in the Digital Media Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. An acclaimed actor, Franco is also actively engaged in performance art, painting, video, and installation art. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Clocktower Gallery, New York, and Peres Projects, Berlin.
WHEN: September 25th – two shows, one at noon and one at 12:30pm (doors at 11am). Van Sant and Franco will give a talk before each screening.
WHERE: The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
TICKETS: $35, available online at Hollywood Theatre and at the Hollywood Theatre Box Office
Screenings made possible with support from:
Presenting Sponsor Barran Liebman
Contributing Sponsors Hotel Deluxe New Belgium Brewing Oregon Film
Thoughts by TSR: My only thought here is, should I watch My Own Private Idaho again before I see this. OK, I have one more thought ... Franco is a really solid documentary filmmaker. I saw his film Saturday Night (behind the scenes for one week at "Saturday Night Live"). It's good. I have no doubt Franco will be able to capture his love and excitement of River Phoenix in this film.