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Mala Noche (1985)

April 13th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · 4 Comments · 1980's, Oregon DP, Oregon actor, Oregon director, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Oregon film old definition, Oregon location (primary), Oregon producer, Oregon writer, Oregonians as inspiration, Videos


Gus Van Sant financed Mala Noche himself. He produced it himself, edited it himself, wrote the screenplay, and did most of the lighting. Adapted from an (at the time) unpublished novella by Portland poet, Walt Curtis, Mala Noche is about Skid Row grocery clerk’s unrequited love for a Mexican teenager.

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Taking a page from Will Vinton, Van Sant cobbled together his first feature from strictly local ingredients. Using his own money, John Campbell’s cinematography,  Tim Streeter’s acting, Walt Curtis’ novella, and the talents of two first time actors, Doug Cooeyate and Ray Monge, Gus Van Sant launched an international career without leaving town.

I hereby claim Mala Noche as an Oregon film.

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