Join us for a screening of Gus Van Sant’s 2008 biopic MILK, followed by a discussion with Professor Laura Wexler. Sean Penn stars as the barrier-breaking “mayor of Castro Street,” with strong supporting work from Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, and Diego Luna. Called by Colin Covert “a passionate history lesson, a broadside in favor of gay rights, and the engaging story of one flawed but courageous man,” MILK received eight Academy Award nominations, with wins for acting (Penn) and writing (Dustin Lance Black). 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.
This “Democracy in America” and “Treasures from the Yale Film Archive” screening is presented by 320 York Humanities, Films at the Whitney, and the Yale Film Study Center with support from Paul L. Joskow ’70 M.Phil., ’72 Ph.D.