“One of the purest cinemas that exist today”?producer Dany Wolf on working with Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant’s new film, “Last Days,” is inspired by the events leading up to the 1994 suicide of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain and furthers the improvisational, elliptical, long-take style Van Sant employed with Gerry” (2002) and “Elephant” (2003).

“Last Days” producer Dany Wolf, was in Chicago at a recent IFP/Chicago-Facets sneak preview of the new film, due out here Aug. 5.

Wolf produced Van Sant’s “Psycho” (1998), “Finding Forrester” (2000), “Gerry,” and “Elephant,” and additionally served as production manager and assistant director of Van Sant’s three latest films.

He spoke at a workshop moderated by TimeOut writer Hank Sartin. Here are highlights from that conversation.