The Times of Harvey Milk
Location: Redstone Theater
With Rob Epstein in conversation with David France
Dir. Rob Epstein. 1984. 90 mins. Narrated by Harvey Fierstein. A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office. Even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. Rob Epstein’s The Times of Harvey Milk, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1985, echoed its groundbreaking subject by being one of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, and brought Milk’s message of hope and equality to a wider audience. Constructed from both original documentary material and archival footage, the film is a portrait of both grassroots heroism at its most enduring and of American life at a singular time and place–San Francisco’s historic Castro District in the ’70s. The Times of Harvey Milk is the 2017 recipient of the Cinema Eye Honors’ Legacy Award, recognizing classic films that inspire a new generation of filmmakers. Following the screening, Epstein will participate in a conversation with David France, director and author of How to Survive a Plague.
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