Monday, March 10, 2008

Harvey Milk Outdoor Shoot Today

Today an outdoor shot was held for the upcoming film on the life of Harvey Milk. A ton of folks in San Francisco turned out in 70's garb as extras for a scene in which Milk, portrayed by Sean Penn, gives a speech in front of City Hall.

If you've never heard of Harvey Milk, read a bit of the Wikipedia article on his life; he was basically awesome. According to Time magazine, Milk was "the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet".

Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1976. In 1978, Milk and the mayor of San Francisco were murdered by a former member of the Board of Supervisors. The assasin was convicted of voluntary manslaughter rather than first degree murder, and sentenced to only seven years in prison for the dual assassination. The verdict precipitated the White Night Riots. Milk had anticipated that he might be killed in office; he prepared a message to be played in the event of his death by assassination. The message is played over the following video of participants in a vigil remembering Milk's life and work.

Rest in peace, Harvey.

I'm looking forward to this movie.

Hat tip: NPR, SFist

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