The Times of Harvey Milk is an Academy Award-winning documentary, produced in the United States and premiered on 1 November 1984 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.

Synopsis Edit

The Times of Harvey Milk, directed by Rob Epstein, documents the political career of Harvey Milk, who was San Francisco's first openly gay supervisor. The film, at times humorous, at times nostalgic, and at times tragic, documents the rise of Milk from a neighborhood activist to becoming a symbol of gay political achievement, through to his assassination at San Francisco's city hall.

Featured people Edit

The film was produced after Milk's death using archival footage, so that Milk is credited as the lead (posthumously). Other politicians including San Francisco mayor George Moscone (who was assassinated with Milk), and Moscone's successor and now United States Senator Dianne Feinstein appear in archival footage. The movie opens with a tearful Feinstein delivering her announcement to the media that Moscone and Milk had been assassinated by Dan White.

Also featured in the film is then-schoolteacher Tom Ammiano, who has been a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors since 1994.

The film was narrated by Harvey Fierstein.

Awards Edit

The film won the Academy Award for best documentary film in 1985, and was awarded Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, among other awards. [1]

References Edit

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