Miller began his directing career at the American Film Institute with the short film Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School. The film won numerous awards and began Miller’s professional career as a director. Off the heat of the short, Miller directed numerous episodic series such as Thirtysomething, Northern Exposure, Popular, and Jack & Jill, and feature films Class Act, Houseguest and The Sixth Man for Warners and Disney respectfully. 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 began with a feature version of Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School which premiered at Sundance ’05. The team followed that up with Nobel Son which premiered at Tribeca ’07 and most recently Bottle Shock which premiered at Sundance ’08. In ’12 Miller & Savin made CBGB, the team’s third collaboration with Alan Rickman, the story of birth of underground rock and the legendary New York club CBGB.
UNCLAIMED FREIGHT PRODUCTIONS, started in 1995, is an independent production company in Pasadena, California and the personal services company for Miller and Savin under which they make their films. The company’s first film, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Carlyle, John Goodman, Danny DeVito, Mary Steenburgen and David Paymer premiered at Sundance in 2005 and was aquired by The Samuel Goldwyn company. Unclaimed Freight produced Nobel Son, starring Alan Rickman, Eliza Dushku, Bill Pullman, Danny Devito, Mary Steenbergen, Ted Danson and Bryan Greenberg. Nobel Son premiered at Tribeca in 2007 and was aquired by 20th Century Fox. In 2008, the company returned to Sundance with Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Freddie Rodriguez, Rachael Taylor, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Dennis Farina. The film was released by Freestyle and 20th Fox and went onto become an indie hit both domestically and internationally. Last year the team produced Savannah starring Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jaimie Alexander, Bradley Whitford, Sam Shepard and Hal Holbrook. Most recently Unclaimed Freight produced CBGB and is in the works on Midnight Rider The Gregg Allman Story. Unclaimed Freight are developing Line In The Sand, a story set in the drug wars of Southwest Texas, and Caribou Records, the story of James Guercio’s legendary record studio.
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