Academy Award winner "The Times of Harvey Milk" is the dramatic and moving story of the first openly gay person elected to office in California - from his triumphant grass-roots campaign to his brutal assassination one year later by fellow San Francisco supervisor Dan White. These events and the "Twinkie Defense" trial that followed united an entire city - fi rst in mourning and then in violent rage. A story of communities and values in conflict, told with humour and compassion, this gripping film builds to its climax with the intensity and inevitability of classic tragedy.
And ultimately, when the fires die down, it is a life-affirming testament to courage and hope. Gus Van Sants new movie the award winning "Milk" is based on Harvey Milk. Starring an A-list cast, with Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, Josh Brolin as Dan White, James Franco, Emil Hirch and Diego Luna. Milk has received accolades from several film critics organizations as well as film awards and nominations.