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Randall Miller

Randall Miller graduated from USC film school, then began his career at the American Film Institute with the short film Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School. The film won numerous awards and became Miller's calling card. To cut his chops, Miller directed numerous episodic series: Thirtysomething, Northern Exposure, Popular, and Jack & Jill; and feature films Class Act, Houseguest and The Sixth Man. Looking to get back to his roots in independent filmmaking, Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, set out to start anew. Ironically, their new start took them back to the short film with which it all began. They took a second mortgage on their house and put the cash into their first indie Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (a full-length feature film version of the short). Marilyn premiered at Sundance and was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Miller's next film to hit theaters was Bottle Shock. Based on the true story of the now infamous Paris wine tasting of 1976 which rocked the world, it also features Nobel Son stars Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Eliza Dushku as well as Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Dennis Farina and Freddy Rodriguez. Bottle also premiered at Sundance Film Festival and has become a solid indie hit and is nearing $5 million in domestic box office. Alan Rickman was named best actor at the Seattle Film Festival; Bottle won Best Ensemble Cast at the Maui Film Festival; and Miller won the coveted Heineken Red Star Award for Directing.

With Nobel, Miller shows off a completely different side. A twisted, dark film about the dysfunctional world of a Nobel Prize winning academic, Miller is more excited about this film than any of the others. Miller turned down offers to buy the film outright when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival opting for alternative independent distribution models that would allow him more participation and creative license through the release of the film. With the box-office success of Bottle Shock, Miller choose to partner with Freestyle Releasing for Nobel Son as well.

Miller, Savin and their Unclaimed Freight Productions have formed a partnership with Executive Producer Merv Davis to redefine the traditional independent model and shake up the way things are done in Hollywood. The plan is to independently produce and distribute 5 original, quality films over the next 5 years.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

Randall Miller Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter, Producer

Selected Filmography

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