"I don't know if this will appeal to general audiences, but every American should see it." If Portlanders take pride in Van Sant, it's understandable.
He's lived in Portland since 1970 and is perhaps the most famous celebrity to call it home, though he would cringe at that characterization.
Of all his films, none has marched so eloquently and relentlessly to a political drumbeat.
The movie has its eye on the same prize as Milk did: queer civil rights.It's not that he doesn't talk about being gay, he just doesn't talk.