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32 CINEMONTAGE / Q3 2018 by Steve Hullfish T here are not many name directors who are active members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and still edit. Two- time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant is one of them. Van Sant has had six feature film credits as both director and picture editor (among other titles), his last being over a decade ago with Paranoid Park (2007). But he is back in the editing chair again to co-edit his latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, which opened July 13 through Amazon Studios. His other dual directing/ editing credits include his feature filmmaking debut, Mala Noche (1986, uncredited), along with Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Gerry (2002), Elephant (2003) and Last Days (2005.) Van Sant also directed several notable films that he did not cut, including Milk (2008, edited by Elliot Graham, ACE) and Good Will Hunting (1997, edited by Pietro Scalia, ACE) — both of which earned him Academy Award nominations for directing — as well as To Die For (1995, edited by Curtiss Clayton) and Finding Forrester (2000, edited by Valdís Óskarsdóttir). Based on the true story of controversial cartoonist and artist John Callahan, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot stars the three-time Oscar-nominated Joaquin Phoenix (in a role originally intended for the late Robin Williams). A drunk-driving accident at 21 leaves Callahan a quadriplegic. As he recovers from both the accident and his alcoholism, he discovers art and a gift for controversial, politically incorrect cartoons, which he draws for an Oregon newspaper. Rooney Mara stars as his girlfriend and Jonah Hill plays his sponsor and guru. The cast also includes Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon. Van Sant co-edited the film with David Marks, who had been an assistant editor on a pair of the director's more recent features, Promised Land (2012) and The Sea of Trees (2015). CineMontage interviewed them in June. Even Directors Get the Urge to Edit Gus Van Sant Back in the Cutting Room for His Latest Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. Amazon Studios Opposite: Gus Van Sant. "For directors, you're always trying to think more like the audience than as the director." - Gus Van Sant

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