Park City, UT — When RobertEpstein initially sought to make a film about the dynamic, up-and-coming SanFrancisco city supervisor Harvey Milk, he had no idea that Milk's life wouldend tragically. He also couldn't predict that The Times of Harvey Milk would screen at the first Sundance Film Festival, win an Academy Award, and decadeslater inspire a young Dustin Lance Black to write the screenplay for the featuredramatic film Milk. On Wednesday,June 3 at 7 p.m.at the Park City Library, Sundance Institute Film Series paystribute to a pivotal film that is as timely today as it was 25 Festivals ago witha screening of The Times of Harvey Milk,followed by a conversation with director Robert Epstein about the documentarythat has remained relevant across a generation.
In The Times of Harvey Milk, Epsteinuses personal accounts, narration and news footage to follow gay rightsactivist Harvey Milk, who became the nation's first openly gay elected publicofficial. Highlighting the events surrounding Milk's death at the hands of ajealous political rival and the infuriating subsequent criminal trial, Epstein weaves together complex emotionsabout the man who exceeded the odds, changed a city, and fostered a burgeoning communityand movement.
From the Collection: The Times of Harvey Milk is made possible bysupport from Principal Sponsor Zions Bank, Major Sponsors Summit CountyRecreation, Arts, and Parks Program, Salt Lake County and the Salt LakeConvention and Visitors Bureau, with in-kind support from City Weekly,KRCL 90.9 FM Community Radio, KXRK "X96" 96.3 FM, Park City FilmSeries, Park City Marriott, ParkCityWeek.com and UtahFM.
RobertEpstein entered the film world as an unemployed college drop out who volunteeredto direct Word is Out: Stories of Some ofOur Lives, a documentary film that included interviews from 26 diverselesbians and gay men. Following his second feature, The Times of Harvey Milk, Epstein won another Academy Award for Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, a 1989 tribute to the lives and deaths of those who sufferedfrom AIDS. In 1995, Epstein continued to explore stories of gay rights in Celluloid Closet, narrated by LilyTomlin, which delved into Hollywood's onscreen treatment of homosexuality.Epstein has recently transferred his storytelling gifts into feature filmmakingby writing and producing Howl, a 2010dramatization of Allen Ginsberg's infamous obscenity trial.
Founded by Robert Redford in1981, Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters thedevelopment of original storytelling in film and theatre, and presents theannual Sundance Film Festival. Internationally recognized for its artisticdevelopment programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers,playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projectsas Angels in America, Spring Awakening, BoysDon't Cry, Sin Nombre and Born into Brothels.
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