HMF 2012

HMF / Music 2012

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The 3rd Annual Harvey Milk Festival was held in Five Points Park, located in the historic downtown district of Sarasota, Florida on May 12th, 2012. This was the first time the festival was not in Rosemary District, marking the beginning of a new era!

Performance Lineup

Breton / CLAPS / MeteorEYES / The Pauses / HenryHenryHenry! / The Sexual Side Effects /
Elysian Sex Drive / The SendOffs / Cassolette / (the) Umbrella Cult / The Northwest

Guest Speakers

Sally L Phillips, President of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus
Dr. Joyce Hamilton Henry, Mid-Florida Regional Office Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida

Master of Ceremonies

Shakira Sofer, aka “Yours Truly”

Poster Artist

Nick Sirotich

HMF 2012 Photo Gallery

HMF / Art 2012 “The Silent T”

ArtFest 2012 was titled “The Silent T” and depicted transgender issues in society. The Gallery opening was held at Ivory Lounge in downtown Sarasota, Florida on May 11th, 2012. The art gallery remained open throughout the music festival the following day.


Tucker Lenora / Mariangela / Heather Manley / JP Lerie / Clay Olson / Van Jazmin /
Jabari Anderhouse / Denise Bisharat / Paul Salvatore / Scott Prather


Van Jazmin, Tucker Lenora, Brian Marsden

HMF / Film 2012

hit_so_hard  largeflyerIn 2012, Harvey Milk Festival added a Film Festival to the Art and Music Festival lineup and presented a screening of the music documentary Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel at the Selby Public Library. The film, which includes never-before-seen footage of Kurt Cobain, depicts the gripping true-life story of Hole drummer Patty Schemel’s battle with drug addiction at the height of the band’s fame.

When Nirvana burst onto the national scene in 1991, the music they played spoke directly to a generation that had emerged from the Reagan-Bush years angry and disenfranchised. As grunge took off, the music industry was completely transformed in a way nobody expected… especially the young musicians who went from tiny shared Seattle apartments to international superstardom, sometimes overnight. Some handled it well… and some did not. Just three years later, the drug-related deaths of several prominent musicians, capped by the suicide of Kurt Cobain, closed the books on an all too brief era.

As the acclaimed drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band Hole, Patty Schemel was right in the middle of all of it. The openly gay woman who always felt “different” never dreamed she would be part of a multi-platinum selling band, touring with legends, or on the cover of Rolling Stone. Or that, thanks to drug addiction, she could lose it all. HIT SO HARD tells the story of Patty’s rise to fame (and nearly fatal fall from it), with no punches pulled… and it’s one hell of a story.

Told with insider interviews and stunningly intimate, never-before-seen footage shot by Patty and her friends (Patty was given a Hi-8 camera just before Hole’s infamous Live Through This world tour), HIT SO HARD is not only an all-access backstage pass to the music that shaped a generation, but a harrowing tale of overnight success, the cost of addiction, and ultimately, recovery and redemption.



VIDEO: Harvey Milk Festival 2012

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