The Times of Harvey Milk is among the 25 films selected for preservation by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
Each year the registry, created in 1989, designates 25 films historically, culturally and aesthetically important enough to be preserved by the Library, guaranteeing that they’ll become a part of the nation’s permanent visual record.
The 1984 Oscar-winning documentary by Rob Epstein chronicles the political career of the San Francisco supervisor and “Mayor of Castro” who was assassinated in 1978.
Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office in California and subsequently the United States when he was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Distributor Dennis Doros, who has advocated for Epstein’s doc to be included in the Registry for the past few years, thanked Joe Biden, noting that “the acceptance by the vice president and the president of gay rights might have sent a message to the entire government, not just the Library of Congress.”
Doros had previously lamented the Library’s lack of LGBT films as “glaring” considering the amount of other diversities represented.
Other films chosen this year by the National Film Registry include Born Yesterday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Christmas Story, The Matrix and A League of Their Own, thus ensuring Madonna’s acting career will be preserved for future generations.