Paranoid Park. 2007. USA/France. Written and directed by Gus Van Sant. With Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen. 35mm. 85 min.
Based on a young adult novel by Blake Nelson, Van Sant’s 2007 film takes the filmmaker back to the Pacific Northwest of his earliest work. Gabe Nevins heads a mostly nonprofessional cast as a teenage skateboarder profoundly traumatized when he witnesses a killing; with this sudden maturity, life with his cheerleader girlfriend will never be the same. The film was photographed by Christopher Doyle in a delirious swirl of video, Super 8, and 35mm.