Where Are They Now?
Gus van Sant's Milk not only tells the inspirational story of Harvey Milk but of a whole team of people who helped him in his political ascent. FilmInFocus catches up with them here.
Harvey Milk’s groundbreaking political career made him a symbol for a whole community but his success was built slowly and with the help of a network of adept and loyal friends and colleagues. As Gus Van Sant’s new film Milk shows, Milk’s partner Scott Smith was a pivotal figure as he established himself as a prominent figure in the Castro and later on Cleve Jones and Anne Kronenberg were energetically joined his fight to have their voices heard.
Below, FilmInFocus looks at the people who dedicated themselves to Milk’s cause and find out what happened to them following Milk’s tragic death in 1978:
THEN: Cleve Jones was an intern in Milk’s office during his time studying political science at San Francisco State University.
NOW: Following the death of Harvey Milk, Jones remained active within politics in San Francisco and the surrounding region. In 1983, he co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and two years later conceived the idea for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has grown to become the largest community arts project in the world. For the past two decades, his name has become synonymous with the fight against AIDS, and in 2000 he published a memoir, Stitching a Revolution. He worked as the historical consultant for the film Milk. His various projects can be viewed at www.clevejones.com.
Read about Anne Kronenberg >>