Dustin Lance Black

Writer, Director
Director and screenwriter Dustin Lee Black escaped a repressive childhood to explore the reality of gay life in a variety of film projects, including "On the Bus" (2001) and the acclaimed "Milk" (2008). Black found an ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1978 in Sacramento, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

The Out List 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood to Dollywood 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

8: The Mormon Proposition 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

Castro Clone (Actor)

The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Bus 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Director (5)

My Life With Count Dracula 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Journey of Jared Price 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Virginia 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Faking It 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

On the Bus 2000 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

The Journey of Jared Price 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Virginia 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pedro (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (3)

My Life With Count Dracula 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Love 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Co-Producer

Milk 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (1)

Kiss and Tell 2002 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

On the Bus 2000 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Director and screenwriter Dustin Lee Black escaped a repressive childhood to explore the reality of gay life in a variety of film projects, including "On the Bus" (2001) and the acclaimed "Milk" (2008). Black found an escape from his strict religious upbringing in theater, which in turn introduced him to film production, where he began his career as a filmmaker with the critically praised "Journey of Jared Price" (2000) and "On the Bus," both of which examined identity and relationships among gay men with sensitivity and skill. He returned to his roots as a writer and co-producer on "Big Love" (HBO, 2006- ) before penning "Milk," a biographical feature on the life of San Francisco politician and activist Harvey Milk, whose life and tragic death inspired generations of gay adults to seek respect and representation for their own lives. The outpouring of praise from critics and award organizations for Black's script was a clear indication that he was soon to enter the top echelon of Hollywood writers.

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Attended UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television

Milestones

2011

Wrote the biographical drama feature "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2008

Wrote the documentary "Pedro," about the life of AIDS activist and reality television personality Pedro Zamora

2008

Penned the screenplay for Gus Van Sant's "Milk," about politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk

2006

Hired as a writer on the HBO drama series "Big Love," about a polygamistic Mormon family

2003

Directed the documentary "My Life with Count Dracula"

2001

Directed and was a subject in the documentary "On the Bus," about six gay men traveling to Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert

2000

Feature debut, writing and directing the gay-themed "The Journey of Jared Price"

2000

Helmed the gay coming-of-age short film "Something Close to Heaven"

Worked at Hollywood's Hudson Main Stage Theater

Worked at the The Western Stage in Salinas-Monterey, CA, while still in high school

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