Harvey Milk PosterCheck out the first photo of Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet (according to Time Magazine). Gus Van Sant is filming the biopic in San Francisco, where parts of the Castro District have been retrofitted back to the 1970’s (check back to our posting from last week for more storefront photos). Tinobear (Valentin Aguirre) snapped the photo above from a sign outside the retrofitted set of Harvey Milk’s campaign headquarters (seen below). Click to enlarge.

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was an activist and politician, and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America; in 1977, he was voted to the city supervisors’ board of San Francisco. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor George Moscone were shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White. Mr. Milk was previously the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary feature The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), directed by Rob Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen. Milk is the first non-documentary feature to explore the man’s life and career.

Gus Van Sant’s Milk Set Photos

Aquarius Records

Gus Van Sant‘s Harvey Milk bio-pic Milk is currently shooting in my hometown of San Francisco. But for some reason I’m stranded miles away in Park City. Anyway, the production designers are giving Castro street a retro make-over. The following photos shows work on some of the store fronts, which includes a new 70s psychedelic music store called Aquarius Records on Castro and 19th Street.  More Photos after the jump.

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Gus Van Sant’s Milk Begins January

I have a feeling that Bryan Singer is really pissed. He’s been attached to a biopic of famous San Francisco politician and gay rights activist for I don’t even know how many years now. Gus Van Sant announced months back that he would also be making a Harvey Milk movie, but one of the Hairspray producers (who is also producing Singer’s Milk movie) told me that Van Sant’s film won’t happen any time soon, and that they aren’t sweating it. But now Focus Features has announced that Gus Van Sant’s Harvey Milk picture starring Sean Penn will start production in January. Like I said, I’m sure Singer is really pissed. Read the full release below.

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