Hi Field- I see you are a Sant fan as I am - I want to recommend his hew film to you. Gus Van Sant is now in production with his Bio pic MILK. I do know him But none the less with avoiding ass kissing Sant -this picture is great!
Paranoid Park was nominated for the Palme d Or at Cannes in 2007 his Elephant won in 2003 and Van Sant was awarded the festivals special 60th Anniversary Prize.
You only have to picture how differently Larry Clark would have approached the subject to appreciate Sants instinctive empathy for an alienated young man on the edge. Incidentally , or maybe not, its probably the directors gay film since My Own Private Idaho.
It is also a movie about boyhood disillusionment. Even at the celebrated Paranoid Park, a sloping cement landscape appropriated from beneath a highway overpass, sant is not mistaking his indictment of the adults who are unable to communicate with kids, or to understand how profoundly they suffer. This is a must see.
Hope we can chat more.