Sun, June 1, 2008, 7pm
With Portland director Gus Van Sant finalizing work on his biopic, Milk, this is a perfect time to revisit one of the masterpieces of American documentary filmmaking. Winner of the 1984 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Rob Epstein’s The Times of Harvey Milk recounts the life and eventual assassination of the first openly gay person elected to public office in the U.S.
A charismatic, funny, and passionate activist, Harvey embodies the emergence of gay liberation in 1970s San Francisco. With a determination unprecedented in human history, self proclaimed gays and lesbians were creating a vibrant and open community of their own and demanding their rights as equal members of society.
The Times of Harvey Milk is a “must-see” film for anyone who wants to understand the amazing evolution of GLBT life over the last thirty years. And there is nothing like seeing it on the big screen in all its 35mm glory, with a room full of people whose lives have been so deeply affected by Harvey’s life and death. Join director Rob Epstein and Gus Van Sant in a post-film conversation about Harvey, and how each filmmaker has chosen to tell Harvey Milk’s story.