Gus Van Sant
- Feature debut, Mala Noche (1986)—mostly financed with his own savings—won Best Independent Film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but only gained a wider theatrical release after the success of Drugstore Cowboy in 1989.
- Also a musician, played guitar in a Portland, Ore., band called Destroy All Blondes in the 1980s, and released two solo albums, 18 Songs About Golf and Gus Van Sant in the late 1990s.
Berlin Film Festival
Critics' Choice Awards
Directors Guild of America Awards
Independent Spirit Awards
Cannes Film Festival
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