From the movie “Restless”; Photo by Sony Pictures Classics

Gus Van Sant was a painter in the late 1970s when he became interested in making short films. As one of the few truly independent filmmakers, Van Sant’s work critically depicted American culture and the current transitional period of cinema.

Beginning September 9, the Museum of the Moving Image will present an extensive retrospective series featuring thirteen screenings of Van Sant’s films.

For a Pinewood Dialogue live event on September 14, Van Sant will make a special appearance at the preview screening of his latest film, Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, which opens in theaters on September 16.

Best known for his Oscar nominated films Good Will Hunting and Milk, the series will also include his early works Mala Noche (1985) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989), studio-backed films To Die For (1995) and Psycho (1998), and his return to low-budget experimental works with Gerry (2002), Elephant (2003), Last Days (2005), and Paranoid Park (2007).

The Gus Van Sant series runs through September 30. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are included with paid Museum admission. For more information, visit the Museum of the Moving Image’s website.