Sure, in recent years, we’ve all seen another Academy award-winning version of this story. A glossy, star-studded biopic, that truly was a great film. But the viewer experience is not the same.
The Times of Harvey Milk, released in 1984, does indeed look a little dated. It’s 4:3, shot on film and all the people in the on-screen interviews are dressed to the 1980’s nines. But what it lacks in gloss and modernity*, it more than makes up for in story.
This film allows the viewer to immerse him or her self in the story of Harvey Milk — the actual story, not the Hollywood adaptation. Through interviews with Milk’s friends, constituents and campaign staff, as well as a lot of archival footage, the viewer pieces together this “character” Harvey Milk. (And, as an added bonus, you also get a fascinating glimpse of San Francisco in the late 70’s/early 80’s.)
The portrayal of Milk is not 100% positive. We learn that he was indeed a complex character who was probably, at times, difficult to be around. But that doesn’t make it at all hard to respect and admire him as a person.
I saw this film for the first time very recently. It’s roughly three decades old, but the filmmaking (and the subject) truly “hold up”. As such, you, as the viewer, will feel something. At times it may be joy, saddness, anger or frustration, occasionally all of those at once, but I promise, you’ll feel something.
*Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting it should look newer, it’s 30 years old, I think it looks great! I’m merely letting you know that I understand the aesthetic appeal of a newer film, I just don’t think that’s good enough reason to rule out an older film.
I noticed that some people already reposted these photos I took of the Transgender Day of Remembrance installation on the Syracuse University campus. I know all the people involved with putting it together and designing it and they all worked very hard.
On Friday November 15th these signs were vandalized- ripped out of the ground, stomped, and spit on. I, and many others, were shocked…though sadly I probably shouldn’t be at this point. But I thought people would at least respect a memorial.
Please reblog this so that people will still see these two signs- and there’s nothing vandals can do about that. If you are local, please come to the Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil this Wednesday, 6 PM, at city hall to show that the good people of Syracuse support trans people, despite what haters try to make us believe.
Proud Syracuse alum who supports Transgender rights/equality.
This was the scene when the NOM parade met up with those showing their support for equality.
This will be my final SCOTUS transmission for the day. Thanks for tuning in.
Let’s just all remember that when we run around the internet demanding that people stop referring to women as ‘wives’ because it turns them into a ‘man’s property’ we’re entirely erasing lesbian couples. We’re perpetuating the idea that a woman could not be a wife to another woman.