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‘The Times of Harvey Milk’ to Receive Legacy Award at 2017 Cinema Eye Honors (Exclusive)

Rob Epstein's acclaimed 1984 documentary will also screen the night before the ceremony.

More than three decades later, “The Times of Harvey Milk” is still earning accolades. Rob Ebstein’s 1984 documentary about the life and assassination of California’s first openly gay elected official is set to receive the 2017 Legacy Award at the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, which will take place next month.

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Epstein will be present for a screening of his documentary on Tuesday, January 10 at the Museum of the Moving Image; the Honors Lunch takes place the following day. Milk’s life also served as the basis of Gus Van Sant’s 2008 biopic “Milk,” which starred Sean Penn in the title role alongside James Franco and Josh Brolin.

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10 filmmakers and 20 films were named to Cinema Eye’s List of Essential Nonfiction earlier this year, including the likes of Steve James, Laura Poitras, “The Act of Killing” and “Man on Wire.” Still to be determined is the winner of the Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize, for which voting is now open. Here are the nominees:

“Gleason” (Clay Tweel)

“I Am Not Your Negro” (Raoul Peck)

“Life, Animated” (Roger Ross Williams)

“Miss Sharon Jones!” (Barbara Kopple)

“Mr. Gaga” (Tomer Heymann)

“Presenting Princess Shaw” (Ido Haar)

“Sonita” (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami)

“Tickled” (David Farrier and Dylan Reeve)

“Tower” (Keith Maitland)

“Weiner” (Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg)

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