Dustin Lance Black, 35th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



North Cafeteria, Webb Center

Author/Artist Bio

Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, producer, director and social activist, having won the Academy Award and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk," the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk. He is also a founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights which, with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson, is leading the Federal Case against California Proposition 8, which eliminates rights of same-sex couples to marry. In 2012 Black merged his passions with "8," a new play based on the federal Prop 8 trial. Black's Los Angeles cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly. The play was broadcast live and continues to break viewership records online. Hundreds of original productions are now scheduled across the United States.


Black read on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.


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