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Monday, November 19, 2007

Harvey Milk Biopic to be filmed in SF, Mayor's Office Announces

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 9:21 AM

This just in from the Mayor's Office:

Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the production of the feature film Milk is slated to film entirely in San Francisco beginning in January 2008. Academy Award-winning director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho) will direct the biographical drama, and the film will star Academy Award-winning Bay Area resident Sean Penn as gay-rights icon Harvey Milk.

Initial reactions: Damn, the City of San Francisco is loving this opportunity to look all gay-friendly and inclusive again. I personally feel sorry for any producer who has to get permits and film in this NIMBY hellhole. "Hello, Police. There's people in my front yard and they have lights and a generator that is noisy!"

And just remember citizens, being inclusive is fine as long as it means not including any military productions.

Full press release after the jump.

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES HARVEY MILK BIOPIC TO BE FILMED IN SAN FRANCISCO

“Milk” to be directed by Gus Van Sant and star Sean Penn

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the production of the

feature film Milk is slated to film entirely in San Francisco beginning in

January 2008. Academy Award-winning director Gus Van Sant (Good Will

Hunting, My Own Private Idaho) will direct the biographical drama, and the

film will star Academy Award-winning Bay Area resident Sean Penn as

gay-rights icon Harvey Milk.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Van Sant and his talented cast and crew to

San Francisco. Although this is a tragic story, we know it’s a part of our

history that must be shared with a wide audience,” said Mayor Newsom. “San

Francisco residents and businesses will be welcoming and gracious hosts to

the production.”

The story follows the 1977 historic election of Milk, culminating in the

subsequent assassinations of the Supervisor and Mayor George Moscone in

1978. Known as the “Mayor of Castro Street,” Milk was the first openly gay

man elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. With an original

screenplay by Dustin Lance Black (Big Love), the film will be co-produced

by Groundswell Productions and Jinks/Cohen Company.

“We are excited to start production on this important and moving chapter in

history. Of course we are doing it in San Francisco,” said Mr. Van Sant.

Supervisor Tom Ammiano, a friend and supporter of Harvey Milk remarked, “I

am thrilled that this project is happening. To Harvey and many in the LGBT

community, San Francisco is home. It is a fitting a tribute to Harvey's

life and work to have this movie filmed here."

The film will base its operations on Treasure Island. In addition, the film

will qualify for the film production incentive program known as “Scene in

San Francisco,” which was introduced by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and

signed into legislation in May 2006. “We tailored the deal to meet

everyone’s needs, and the outcome will be an influx of spending by the

production company and the creation of hundreds of jobs for local union

workers,” said Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote.

Academy Award winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen said, "The story

of Harvey Milk has been crying out to be a feature film for many years. We

couldn't be more proud to be making it now with Gus Van Sant and Sean Penn,

and to be shooting in the only city in the world where the story could be

properly told.”

For more information on the Film Commission’s “Scene in San Francisco”

incentive program, visit www.FILMSF.org.

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(See attached file: Milk film press release.pdf)

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