UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - The Times of Harvey Milk

Presented by The Greg Proops Film Club

This tragic, powerful, and ultimately uplifting documentary won an Oscar in 1984, just six short years after Harvey Milk and George Moscone’s terrible murders. Directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen it is a stunning portrait of the wild Castro District in the late 70’s, the epicenter of gay culture and rights. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California and a tireless advocate for humanity and understanding. His move from New York to San Francisco, his running for the Board of Supervisors, his encouraging gay people to come out of the closet and stand up for their rights, made him a hero and tragically, a martyr. Our current understanding of LGBT matters is significantly due to his groundbreaking life. Yes, you will cry and then we will dance for joy to Sylvester singing “You Make me Feel Mighty Real.” You not see a more worthy telling of a true tale of American History.

Dir. Robert Epstein, 1984, 35mm, 90 min.

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