> James Franco is everywhere. Including Portland! “Milk” collaborators Franco and director/Portland darling Gus Van Sant are gonna show up together at the Hollywood Theater this Sunday to screen Franco’s assemblage of outtakes and dailies from Van Sant’s 1991 film “My Own Private Idaho,” a River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves odyssey with loose ties to Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays and strong ties to John Rechy’s City of Night. As the project’s title suggests, Franco leaves Reeves out of the collage for the most part-the film functions as a two-hour homage to Phoenix’s dramatics in the role of gay, narcoleptic street hustler. What we’ll witness is a mere fraction of Franco’s 12 hour editor’s cut entitled “Endless Idaho,” which has screened, in New York and LA, as an installation audience members may enter and exit at will.
> Elaborated Franco via The Paris Review, “[Van Sant’s] films now are much more spare in story and dialogue; they involve longer takes and fewer cuts. We were naturally led to wonder what Idaho would be like if he made the film now, and Gus offered to let me make my own cut. It was overwhelming to be able to cut the raw material of my favorite film, a film that had moved me, that had helped shape me as a teenager. The only way I could justify cutting such material was to do what Gus and I had discussed: I cut it as if Gus had made it today.”
> $35 bucks to see all these favorites in one room ($30 for Hollywood Theater members), and if that weren’t plenty R.E.M.’s Michael Stripe contributes the soundtrack! Holding our breaths for “My Own Private Reeves-12 hours of “Bill & Ted” outtakes!
> September 25, 12:30 P.M. (12 P.M. Showing sold out.) Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy, Portland, Oregon