Gus Van Sant presents Milk
Followed by a Q&A with Van Sant
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Includes the following film:
2008. USA. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black. With Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco. Leading an all-star cast in Gus Van Sant's intimate and meticulously researched new biographical drama, Penn gives an astonishingly sensitive and astute performance as political iconoclast Harvey Milk (1930–1978), the self-described "Mayor of Castro Street" and the first openly gay American to be voted into high-ranking public office. A charismatic, skillful leader of the burgeoning gay rights movement, Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of City Supervisors in 1977, only to be shot dead the following year, together with the city's mayor, George Moscone, by a mentally disturbed local politician. Director Van Sant introduces this special screening, which is co-presented by MoMA and IFP. Courtesy Focus Features. 128 min.