February 28, 2011
BY JJ MARTIN
Gus Van Sant, Untitled. 2010. Watercolor on paper, 62 x 51 3/4 in. Gus Van Sant. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Josh White Studio. (pictured left)
Beverly Hills, CA.- "Unfinished" features two films, Endless Idaho and My Own Private River, which are collaborations between Van Sant and Franco. After casting Franco in the award-winning film Milk (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for My Own Private Idaho (1991), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Much of this material did not make it into the final cut, and so Franco decided to fashion it into two new films, riffing off the original title.