"Van Sant said he had been talking about making this film for 18 years.
'He's an American hero,' Van Sant said. 'He's a great example of a man representing his community and his city.'...
"Gay rights activist Cleve Jones, played in the film by Emile Hirsch, said Milk would have been thrilled at the film but angry that the fight over civil rights continued. He pointed across the street, where hundreds were rallying against Proposition 8, a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would rewrite the California constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
"'Harvey would be angry,' Jones said, 'and he'd still be fighting.'"
San Francisco Chronicle:
"Supervisor Tom Ammiano was a friend of Milk's. 'This is about getting in touch with the grief process,' he said, then flashed an affectionately wistful smile. 'Harvey was a mensch. He could also be a diva. He would have loved knowing that Sean Penn would be playing him.' ...
"In an interview on Monday, Milk's campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, who is now a San Francisco public heath administrator, said, 'I just saw the movie yesterday, and I still haven't recovered from it. Gus (Van Sant) and the production team caught the era exactly. It's very accurate. What really comes across is that feeling of compatriots and being family that we felt.'
"Alison Pill, the 22-year-old New York actress who plays Kronenberg, said she 'knew vaguely about the story of Harvey' when she got the role.
"'Being out and being able to be gay has never been any kind of moral issue for the people in my life and my world,' she said. 'At the same time, working on the film reminded me of how much work there still is to be done. Look at Proposition 8.' Kronenberg and Pill walked the red carpet together."
[NOTE: All other articles I've found so far seem to be shorter versions of the Chronicle/AP story.]