Milk has World Premiere In San Francisco

Posted by FocusFeatures.com | October 29, 2008
Milk has World Premiere In San Francisco - LEADPHOTO

All of San Francisco crammed into the historical Casto Theater Tuesday night for the premiere of Gus Van Sant’s Milk, a portrait of Harvey Milk, the out San Francisco politician who was murdered with Mayor Moscone in 1978. This was a night of celebration and protest.

All of San Francisco crammed into the historical Casto Theater Tuesday night for the premiere of Gus Van Sant’s Milk, a portrait of Harvey Milk, the out San Francisco politician who was murdered with Mayor Moscone in 1978.  This was a night of celebration and protest.

As the crowd, many of whom knew Milk personally gathered, activists reminded everyone of the current battle––California Proposition 8 that will be voted on next week. Prop 8, put together by anti gay groups after the California Supreme Court decided that it would be unconstitutional to deny same sex marriage, will over turn the California Supreme Court by forcing a constitutional amendment that would outlaw marriage equality. On leaving the film, more than a few people realized the striking parallel between Milk’s time and ours. Milk cut his political teeth organizing against the Briggs Initiative (then Prop 6).  In 1978, John Briggs, a conservative legislator from Orange County, pushed forward a bill that would make it illegal for anyone who was gay to teach school. Milk organized against the bill with the radical idea that gay people should fight the proposed oppressive legislation by coming out and showing the world and California voters that gay people were everywhere. Up until the very end, the Briggs Initiative looked like it would pass. Many are fearful that Prop 8 could also pass next week.

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Outside the Castro Theater

Outside the Castro Theater

Emile Hirsch, Alison Pill, Director Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn and Diego Luna at the World premiere of  Milk

Emile Hirsch, Alison Pill, Director Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn and Diego Luna at the
World premiere of Milk

Sean Penn (Milk) with wife actress Robin Wright Penn

Sean Penn (Milk) with wife actress Robin Wright Penn

Actor James Franco

Actor James Franco

Josh Brolin and wife Diane Lane at the Milk premiere

Josh Brolin and wife Diane Lane at the Milk premiere

Focus' Andrew Karpen, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer, and Focus' James Schamus

Focus' Andrew Karpen, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer, and
Focus' James Schamus

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