Academy Award-winning screenwriter and prominent gay rights activist Dustin Lance Blank, who shot to fame after penning Gus Van Sant's hit biopic "Milk," is being honored by his alma mater with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Hunter/Zakin Award.
Black, who also penned Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," as well as directing Jennifer Connelly in "Virginia," has been teaching a ten-week feature writing course this quarter at UCLA's graduate program. The award will be given to Black on Tuesday, April 30th at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater alongside a screening of and Q&A about "Milk."
The Hunter/Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award was established in 1999 by San Francisco businessman Jonathan N. Zakin and requires that the recipient teach a seminar at UCLA, alongside their prestigious achievements in screenwriting. Black is a two-time WGA winner for his work on HBO's "Big Love," and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk."