Feature Film Screenwriter, producer + Commercial director
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 starring Sean Penn. He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights which successfully led the Federal case against Prop 8 in California with Lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson.
In 2012 Black merged his creative and civil rights work with "8" a play based on the Federal Prop 8 trail. Black's LA cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, and John C. Reilly. The play was broadcasted live and continues to break viewership records online.
In 2011, Mr Black earned his 2nd "10 Best of the Year" award from the American Film Institute for his Clint Eastwood directed screenplay J.EDGAR staring Leonardio DiCaprio.
Black's feature directorial debut Virgina premiered in theaters May 2012. Black wrote The Barefoot Banditbased on the true story of Colton Harris-Moore for FOX, is adapting Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven about Fundamentalist Mormonism for director Ron Howard, and developed a miniseries, When We Rise, for ABC focused on the LGBTQ Rights movement in America.