David Dodd 2:53 a.m., May 21
The 11th San Diego Film Festival will host a Gus Van Sant tribute and retrospective this September with the director in attendance.
Festival president Kevin Leap tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is the first time he's had a film-festival retrospective."
It's no wonder, particularly when one considers Van Sant's heinous shot-by-shot remake of Psycho.
But seriously, this is indeed good news for the festival which will be held Sept. 26-30. In it's former incarnation, the SDFF was not much more than a collection of film festival rejects spooled together to form the basis of an excuse to throw post-show galas.
Leap, former publisher of Angeleno and San Diego Magazine, heads a five-person team that assumed the festival's reigns in March. Getting a director with Van Sant's name recognition is a laudable accomplishment.
Leap told THR, ""We plan to have about 160 screenings, compared to about 90 or 100 last year. We're being pretty ambitious."
The 11th SDFF will continue to be held at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 in addition to this year's new location, Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla's Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Van Sant retrospective and awards ceremony is slated to be held at Sherwood, but they might want to rethink that decision. The video and 35mm projectors in Sherwood's booth aren't up to par. While it's a much more prestigious venue to hold an awards ceremony, honor Van Sant's films by presenting them (in 35mm!) at the big Gaslamp.