February 16, 2006
The Times of Harvey Milk
Door Prize: Signed copy of the DVD
Synopsis: In 1978, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco city council, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. One year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Milk's fellow council member, former police officer and fire fighter Dan White. The Times of Harvey Milk recreates the tumultuous story of Milk's grass-roots political organizing and election, through the shocking murders and their repercussions from the eloquent candle-light memorial joined by tens of thousands of San Franciscans on the evening of the assassinations, to the angry mobs who stormed City Hall, breaking windows and torching police cars in the aftermath of White's lenient sentencing at his murder trial.
About the filmmaker: Rob Epstein began his filmmaking career at age twenty by answering an ad in the paper seeking volunteers for what would become the landmark documentary Word Is Out. Rob became a co-director on that film, and has since produced and directed numerous non-fiction works for national television including The AIDS Show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival (co-directed with Peter Adair -1986), and the PBS series We The People with Peter Jennings (1997). His Academy Awards™ for Harvey Milk and Common Threads, along with three Peabody Awards, four Emmys, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, have made Rob one of the most acclaimed non-fiction film directors working today. He currently teaches film in the graduate program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
New York Film Critics Circle Award
George Foster Peabody Award
3 National Emmy Awards
Photos courtesy of Telling Pictures