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'Milk' writer Dustin Lance Black sees his art as a call to action and activism

SAN FRANCISCO -- June 1 marked the start of Pride Month in the United States of America, a time to find hope in our stories and see how those stories point us to progress. The intersection of creativity and activism has always been the hallmark of Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for writing Milk, the 2008 biopic on Harvey Milk filmed in San Francisco's Castro District.
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‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ Ending Explained by Dustin Lance Black

[Warning: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the Under the Banner of Heaven finale, “Blood Atonement.”]. Under the Banner of Heaven came to a close on June 2. The series, based on John Krakauer’s true crime nonfiction novel, depicts the dark side of Mormon and American history, showcasing the Lafferty brothers’ descent into religious extremism. The Episode 7 finale, “Blood Atonement,” revealed who killed Brenda Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her 15-month-old daughter and found Andrew Garfield‘s Jebediah Pyre distancing himself from his Mormon faith because of the case.

Dustin Lance Black: ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Black’s newest project is as executive producer and showrunner of the FX limited series “Under the Banner of Heaven,” streaming on Hulu. The series is adapted from Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name. Black won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Milk” in 2009. Black, a former member of the Mormon church, tells The Treatment about his own complicated relationship to the church and why he was drawn to the story. He says while he originally tried to adapt the book into a screenplay, the story was too complex to be condensed into two hours. And he says the series is a warning for people who don’t question documents written hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
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Under the Banner of Heaven creator Dustin Lance Black on his decade-long journey to adapt the show

Dustin Lance Black has been thinking about Under the Banner of Heaven for a very, very long time. The Oscar-winning Milk writer first started working to adapt Jon Krakauer's book about a decade ago, with plans to turn it into a feature film. The book chronicles the real-life double murder of Mormon housewife Brenda Lafferty and her infant daughter, a horrifying killing that rocked 1980s Utah and made headlines for its ties to fundamentalist Mormonism. Not only does the book recount the crime, but it also explores the very origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, raising questions about the church's history and its most foundational principles.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black testifies to the power of stories to change hearts, minds, & the world

Dustin Lance Black believes in the power of stories. Personal stories. Stories told while looking into another person’s eyes. Stories full of granular, personal details. Stories, Black told his audience Thursday night at BGSU’s Kobacker Hall, can be explosive. “A powerful story,” he said, “is like a bomb....

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black to speak at BGSU

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is coming to town. Black, who won the 2009 Oscar for Best Screenplay for Milk , speaks on “The Power of the Story” at Bowling Green State University at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Black’s appearance is part of the Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series.

Dustin Lance Black to Produce English Adaptation of Horror Film RIFT for Wayward Entertainment and XYZ Films

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, Big Love, J. Edgar) has signed on to produce a new horror film titled Rift for Wayward Entertainment and XYZ Films. The movie is an English-language take on Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Icelandic horror film of the same name. Thoroddsen, who recently wrapped filming on The Piper for Millennium Media, will return to write and direct Rift.