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A Harvey Milk Election Campaign Moment

SheilaKuehlPicSheila Kuehl, the first openly gay person to be elected Los Angeles County Supervisor, capped a hard-fought fall 2014 campaign against Maria Shriver‘s brother Bobby with a late October event at the home of GLAAD co-founder Dean Hansell. Among those in attendance was veteran journalist Mike Szymanski, whose Election Day report documents a notable full-circle moment:

“My hero was of course Harvey Milk, and I was honored to follow in his footsteps because he paved the way for someone like me,” she said. In the audience was Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for writing Milk

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LAFF: Five Weekend Picks

In the blink of a downtown eye, the Los Angeles Film Festival has established itself as the city’s coolest-vibe annual celluloid marathon. By relocating  to LA Live and environs, organizers were able to foster more of a Toronto International Film Fest feel.

FishbowlLA will be there, along with all the usual journo suspects. Here are five of our recommends for LAFF opening weekend:

Renée (Friday, 7 p.m.): In between the French Open and Wimbledon seems like a perfect time to catch Eric Drath‘s phenomenal documentary about Renée Richards, whose life went volley-up after a sex-change past was revealed. In a bit of ironic subject matter mimicking, there are two separate “official website” links on the film’s IMDB page, neither of which at press time work. That’s probably because the producers are in the process of repointing to ESPN, which will broadcast the documentary this fall. But it’s still kind of funny.

Sawdust City (Saturday, 7 p.m., world premiere): Eau Claire, Wisconsin writer-director David Nordstrom (now based in LA) is getting good advance buzz for his feature debut, loosely reminiscent in terms of storyline to the Jack Nicholson drama The Last Detail. A couple of brothers spend a snowy Thanksgiving combing through hometown bars in search of their estranged dad.

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Readers React to Clint Eastwood J. Edgar Comments

Wall Street Journal contributor Michael Judge is the latest journalist to make the pilgrimage to Carmel, California to chat with former mayor Clint Eastwood. He does a nice job of painting the picture of what it’s like to sit down with the 80-year-old Hollywood icon on the actor’s home turf.

In the comments section, several readers debate Eastwood’s declaration that his upcoming biopic of J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio will not really address allegations that the FBI chief was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser. While some comments reflect disappointment and surprise that this would be the case with a screenplay written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), others like Sally Wilson applaud the non-salacious focus:

Many years ago my spouse pleaded with Richard Pryor concerning a planned biographical film on the legendary Charlie Parker. To make his point he sent Pryor a tape of varied musicians of the thirties and forties to show… that the curse of drugs and racism though existent in Parker’s life was not the essence of his genius and his demons. Pryor did not produce the story.

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