The Times of Harvey Milk
San Francisco in the 1970s became a battleground between an emerging, vibrant gay movement and the communities who felt threatened by this new gay political muscle.
Now available from the Criterion Collection.
Directed By Rob Epstein
Produced by Richard Schmiechen
Narrated by Harvey Fierstein
Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature (1984)
Added to the National Film Registry (2012)
A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. The Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was as groundbreaking as its subject. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it’s a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk’s message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of original documentary material and archival footage is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco’s historic Castro District in the seventies) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary.
The Times of Harvey Milk: Making History by B. Ruby Rich
Festivals & Screenings
Best Feature Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Award
Special Jury Prize
Sundance Film Festival
Lyon Film Festival
3 National Emmy Awards
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Outstanding Informational Special
The Times of Harvey Milk was named by the Library of Congress to the National Film Registry. It was selected by the prestigious UCLA Film and Television Archives and the Sundance Collection as one of their annual restoration projects. An HD version of this digital restoration is now in release by the Criterion Collection.
"One of the great documentaries of our time."
- Leonard Maltin (2004)
"Immensely moving. Combines real emotional urgency with a most compelling grasp of the filmmaking craft."
- Stephen Harvey, Village Voice
"A story told with urgency and passion."< br />- Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Challenging, enthralling, impassioned filmmaking … bri lliant and gripping"
- Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
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