Dustin Lance Black (born 10 June 1974 in Sacramento, California) is an American screenwriter, director and producer.
Black was born in Sacramento, the son of a Mormon missionary. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Was His mother remarried and moved when his stepfather, he moved at the age of 13 years with his family to Salinas, California. During his high school days began on the Black Theater, The Western Stage in Salinas-Monterey work, and later he worked for theater productions, such as bare: a pop opera in Hollywood Hudson Main Stage Theater. Black graduated during this period at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA). In California, he learned the story of Harvey Milk to know who gave themselves hope of eventually live openly. “It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and maybe even then I could even fall in love and one day get married. ”
2000 Black wrote the screenplay for The Journey of Jared Price, a film about a gay love affair, in whose films he also directed. In the same year he also wrote the screenplay for Something Close to Heaven, a short film with a gay coming-of-age theme, in which he also directed. In 2001 he directed the documentary On the Bus for a trip of six gay men to Nevada, where he himself stood in front of the camera. In addition, Black was screenwriter for the TV series Big Love for HBO. Black wrote the screenplay after Pedro, which reconstructs the biography of the AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Then he began the screenplay for the film Milk writing, where the director Gus Van Sant took over control. On 22 February 2009 Black won the Oscar for this movie for best screenplay.
Black is involved as a gay rights activist.
* Oscar for best original screenplay for the Oscar awards 2009th