Join friends, family, and community this Harvey Milk Day - Sunday, May 22, 2016 - for a special presentation of Gus Van Sant's Milk.
Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black) and Best Actor (Sean Penn), Milk is based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The film is led by towering performances by Sean Penn as Milk, a charismatic business owner who passionately led a movement against homophobic policy during his tenure, and Josh Brolin as Dan White, a city supervisor who on November 27, 1978, assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone in their City Hall offices. An epic and powerful docudrama that collected over 50 international film prizes, including an additional six Oscar nominations on top of its two wins, Milk is at once a tirelessly detailed portrait of a politician whose diplomatic efforts and victories inspire leaders to this very day, as well as a potent testimonial to the kind of hatred and intolerance that, if remained unchecked and unchallenged, can find its way into public policy.
This special screening is brought to you by CinemaCO4, a partnership between The Frida Cinema and LGBT Center Orange County's new LGBT Center on 4th. The CinemaCO4 series showcases films with LGBT themes, directed or written by iconic LGBT artists, or celebrated by the LGBT community. Learn more about CO4 and their services at http://www.lgbtcenteroc.org/centeron4/.
"A very powerful film that's really relevant to what is going on in the world today." - Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"This film wants us to understand both how far we've come as a society - and that it is still not far enough." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Progress is slow, but Harvey Milk was one of the first to set the wheels in motion. He more than deserves a movie this good." - Tom Long, Detroit News