Screenwriter Profile: Dustin Lance Black

The Writer:

By Hollywood standards Dustin Lance Black is still a very young writer, and yet he has already picked up an Oscar, found major success in film and television, and made his name as a screenwriting powerhouse. Most recently Black penned the script for J. Edgar, and a few years back he won the Academy Award for Milk. Aside from his writing pursuits, Black is also on the board of directors for the Trevor Project, a national crisis and suicide prevention organization that helps LGBT and Questioning young people who are facing familial rejection or considering suicide. 

Credits:

J. Edgar (written by) – 2011

What’s Wrong with Virginia (written by) – 2010

Big Love (TV series) – 2006-2009

Milk (written by) – 2008

Pedro (screenplay / story) – 2008

Something Close to Heaven (short) – 2000

The Journey of Jared Price – 2000

Quotes:

If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told they are less than by the churches, by the government, by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours.

[on J. Edgar] I try not to consider casting when I’m writing – especially a biopic like this, when I don’t have the opportunity to meet the real guy. It’s enough work to try and figure out who he was and get a handle on how he might’ve been, how he might’ve talked, the things he might have been thinking, his behavior – you know, all that’s tough enough.

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