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Academy Screens The Times of Harvey Milk
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timeofharveymilk.jpgThe 1984 Academy Award ®-winning documentary feature The Times of Harvey Milk, which chronicles Milk's transformation from neighborhood activist to symbol of the gay political movement, will screen for New York audiences as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Monday Nights with Oscar ®" series on Monday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York City.  Rob Epstein, the film's director and producer (with Richard Schmiechen) and a current Academy Governor, will participate in a post-screening onstage conversation.

Narrated by Harvey Fierstein, The Times of Harvey Milk is the story of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man in the nation to be elected to political office.In May 1978 California €™s Proposition 6 became the first California ballot measure aimed to prevent gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools.  Milk organized the campaign to defeat the measure, and in the fall general election voters rejected Prop 6 by a landslide. Three weeks later, on November 27, 1978, Dan White, a recently resigned member of the Board of Supervisors whom Mayor George Moscone had refused to reappoint to his seat, fatally shot Milk and Moscone.  He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter based on diminished capacity (the contention that junk food was a contributing factor would later be referred to as €śthe Twinkie defense €ť) and was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.This screening will feature a restored print from the Academy Film Archive.Tickets for The Times of Harvey Milk in NYC are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased in person on the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The DGA Theatre is located at 110 West 57th Street in New York City.



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