CreatorJanus Films ; Black Sand Productions presents ; a film by Robert Epstein and Richard Schmiechen ; produced by Richard Schmiechen ; directed by Robert Epstein ; narration writers, Judith Coburn and Carter Wilson ; a production of Robert Epstein & Richard Schmiechen and the Television Laboratory at WNET/Thirteen
This documentary examines the political life of the self-proclaimed "Mayor Of Castro Street," N.Y. stockbroker turned San Francisco activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to public office in California. Milk was elected to a City Supervisor position in the '70s, when a successful gay politician was an anomaly, but Milk made the most of his brief time in power. When Dan White killed Milk and Mayor George Moscone, the loss experienced by Milk's supporters was profound. White robbed the gay-rights movement of a charismatic leader and eloquent voice, but he accidentally gave it something a smart political operative like Milk would surely have appreciated the power and value of: a bona fide martyr.
Disc 1: the film. The times of Harvey Milk -- Harvey's political will -- Mayor of Castro Street -- A new kind of politics -- Campaign for supervisor -- Something new at city hall -- Advancing the issues -- San Francisco's Gay Rights Bill -- Proposition 6 -- Road to victory -- Dan White resigns -- Tragedy at city hall -- Candlelight march -- The trial -- "He got away with murder" -- Hope -- Closing credits -- Color bars ; (88 min.) (); Special features: Commentary [audio feature] by Robert Epsteiin, Deborah Hoffmann, Daniel Nicoletta; Postscript (3 min.); Trailer (3 min.)
Disc 2: the supplements: Featurettes Jon Else (20 min); Two films, one legacy (23 min.); Harvey Milk recordings: "Out of the bars and into the streets" [audio] (14 min.); Texas Gay Conference Five [audio] (48 min.); Harvey Milk speaks out [video] (3 min.); Anti-Proposition 6 election night party [audio] (10 min.); Harvey Milk's political will [audio] (13 min.); Director's research tapes [video]: Scott Smith (80 min.); Bob Ross (53 min.); Amber Hollibaugh (44 min.); Cleve Jones (30 min.); Lillian Sing (15 min.); Hank Wilson (10 min.); From the Castro to the Oscars: Premiere at the Castro Theatre (8 min.); A night at the Oscars (3 min.); The Dan White case: News clips (4 min.); Panel discussion (30 min.); Harry Britt, Milk's successor (10 min.); Candlelight memorial (7 min.)
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