Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, who brought us the Academy Award®-winning Milk, have teamed up again for this ambitious, impassioned seven-part docudrama that charts the rise of the Gay Liberation movement from its embattled origins in the 1960s to its 21st-century triumphs. The entire series will be aired on ABC, a breakthrough for network television.
In the first two-hour episode, directed by van Sant, we follow the stories of the young Arizonian Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce), who would become a major LGBT activist working alongside Harvey Milk; the gay, African American, Vietnam vet Ken Jones (Michael Kenneth Williams), who has to contend with both the straight world's homophobia and racism within the gay community; and the initially closeted women's right activist from Boston, Roma Guy (Mary-Louise Parker). All their lives are transformed when they arrive in 1960s San Francisco, where the sexual revolution is in full bloom, even as the politicians and police desperately try to purge the city of its "deviant" citizens.
Stirring and uncompromising, this show's message of protest and inclusion couldn't come at a better time.
|Running Time:||84 minutes|
|Premiere Status:||North American Premiere|
|Director:||Gus Van Sant|
|Producers:||Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant, Laurence Mark, Bruce Cohen|
|Principal Cast:||Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams, Ivory Aquino, Rosie O’Donnell|
|Music:||Danny Elfman, Chris Bacon|
|Screenwriter:||Dustin Lance Black|
guests in attendance
Dustin Lance Black – Writer
Gus van Sant – Director
Guy Pearce – Actor
Rachel Griffiths – Actor
Ivory Aquino – Actor