"Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black speaks at Redlands

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“Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to speak at the University of Redlands
Black, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay of the famed politician, will speak Sept. 29 about activism and student leadership.

Academy Award-winning screenplay author Dustin Lance Black will speak on the University of Redlands campus about activism and student leadership on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Orton Center.

The evening will feature an audience question and answer segment, and admission is free and open to the public.

Black is a multi-talented writer, producer and director, who won the 2008 Academy Award and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Milk.” This film chronicles the riveting life story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major public office in the United States.

Milk’s message of hope and social change led Black to pen his screenplay for “Milk,” which stars Academy Award winner Sean Penn, Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin, James Franco, and Emile Hirsch. The film was released by Focus Features in November 2008 and received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture of the Year.

Black graduated with honors from UCLA’s School of Film and Television, and began his professional career as an art director on commercials. He quickly transitioned to directing documentaries, television series, commercials and music videos. Black’s first two documentaries, “On the Bus” (2001) and “My Life with Count Dracula” (2003), both debuted to acclaim and subsequent festival success.

In 2004, Black signed on to draw on his devout Mormon childhood experiences in San Antonio, Texas as a writer on HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated polygamist drama “Big Love.” Black recently wrapped the third season of the series, in which he also served as co-producer.

The event is sponsored by the University’s Office of Campus Diversity & Inclusion, in conjunction with the ASUR Executive Director of Inclusion, Chaplain’s Office, Johnston Center, and Residence Life & Housing. For more information, please contact Raja Bhattar, Assistant Director of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, at raja_bhattar@redlands.edu or (909) 748 8287.

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