Dustin Lance Black is a director, producer,
screenwriter and social activist in the tradition
of Harvey Milk. In 2009 Black won the
Academy Award for his screenplay for Milk,
the film starring Sean Penn that chronicled
the momentous final months of the assassinated
early advocate for LGBT civil rights.
Black’s credits also include the movie J. Edgar
and the play 8, which portrays the closing
arguments in the federal trial that led to the
overturning of California’s Proposition 8 and
the establishment of marriage equality in the
nation’s largest state.