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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Milk in theaters this November

<span style="font-style:italic;"><span style="font-weight:bold;">Theatrical preview clip of Milk embedded on the blog site.</span></span>

[Note: we've have several updates to this info, here, here and even posted a full documentary about Harvey Milk, here.]

I am very interested in seeing this film (anyone up for another Valley's Other Fruit movie night?). True, this is just a preview of the movie, but the acting looks excellent, the story looks compelling (I imagine to both those who lived through the time and to those, like me who have just heard parts of the story) and it's still very relevant.

More on the story from Pam's House Blend:
Milk, who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978, by fellow Supervisor Dan White, paved the way for civil equality gains with his life. His election wasn't just about progress in San Francisco -- he was, as John Cloud's "Time 100" profile of Milk, "the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet."

The film will also bring to the fore, for folks out there who may not know, the origin of the "Twinkie Defense" -- White claimed he was compromised by his consumption of junk food prior to committing the murders. Of course this is absurd because 1) he climbed through an open window of city hall to avoid metal detectors, 2) he was carrying multiple rounds to reload his gun, and 3) he did just that, shooting Milk and Moscone multiple times.
I've heard in various places that not only was Harvey Milk a moving political force and community organizer (his life and death contributed a lot to the shaping of what the Castro became and is in the hearts of queers and queer supporters everywhere) but he was also a little eccentric (dont' all great movements have big personalities involved?). I wonder what nuances the film will focus on...and, I wonder if the Cinedome will play it?

A quote from him, also displayed at Harvey Milk Plaza (next to Diesel at Market and Castro, where the large flag is displayed and you walk down steps to catch Muni/Bart) really caught my attention:

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door." Harvey Milk