about the filmmakers

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REX MILLER - Director/producer/CINEMATOGRAPHER

Rex Miller is a visual storyteller, whose photographs have appeared in major international publications such as  Newsweek, New York Magazine, Time, NY Times, Rolling Stone. In 1997 Miller completed "All The Blues Gone", a hardcover book/CD package documenting Mississippi blues culture. "All The Blues Gone" has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and overseas.

 

RECENT/CURRENT WORK

Private Violence, HBO (2014) – Executive Producer: Gloria Steinem; Director: Cynthia Hill; DP/co-Producer: Rex Miller. Had it's World Premiere at SUNDANCE on January 19th, 2014. Opening Night Film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC, June 13; HBO broadcast premiere October 20, 2014.

 

A Chef’s Life, (2013-2014) – A character-driven documentary and cooking series that plunges audiences into the kitchen of a high-end restaurant located in the low country of eastern North Carolina. It follows the trials and travails of Chef Vivian Howard and her farm-to-table restaurant, exploring both traditional and modern applications of quintessential Southern ingredients. Directed and produced by Cynthia Hill with Rex Miller as co-producer and cinematographer. 13 half-hour episodes broadcast nationally on PBS stations, debuting September, 2013.  May, 2014: A Chef's Life wins a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcast.

 

The Loving Story, HBO (2012) – Director Nancy Buirski, Producer/Editor: Elisabeth Haviland James. Consulting Producer Martin Scorsese, Cinematographer Rex Miller, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, short-listed for the Oscars (1 of 15), awarded a Peabody (May, 2013) and Emmy Winner for best Historical Documentary, 2013.

 

Behind These Walls, (2011) – Director/Cinematographer: Rex Miller. Broadcast on Tennis Channel. TRT: 45 mins. Synopsis: A rare glimpse at the unique world of "tennis behind bars" at one of America's most infamous prisons, San Quentin State (CA) Penitentiary.

 

SOMAY KU: A Uganda Tennis Story, (2008) – The story of Patrick Olobo, Uganda's top-ranked Tennis player, as he struggles to leave behind a devastating civil war, finding a new set of obstacles after emigrating to the US. The film premiered on Tennis Channel and won Best Documentary at the Malibu Film Festival.

 

Miller lives in Durham, NC with his partner in filmmaking (and their two children) Cynthia Hill, and is still trying to perfect his forehand.

ELISABETH HAVILAND JAMES - EDITOR/PRODUCER

Elisabeth Haviland James is a film producer, director and editor based in Durham, North Carolina, where her company Thornapple Films is headquartered. She was recently named one of two film fellows in the state by the North Carolina Arts Council. She is currently developing a feature documentary about falconry around the world with collaborators Revere La Noue and Robert Nixon. Her documentary feature-directing debut, In So Many Words, premiered at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and has screened at festivals, museums and conferences around the country. James was the Producer and Editor of The Loving Story (co-produced with HBO, director Nancy Buirski) for which she was short-listed for the Academy Award, winner of a George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy Award (Best Historic Program) and nominated for two additional Emmy Awards (Best Documentary, Best Editing). James is a Producer and the Editor of Althea, Rex Miller’s documentary on pioneering tennis icon Althea Gibson, set to premiere in Fall of 2014.  She was a consulting producer and pre-production researcher on location in the Dzangha-Sangha National Park in Central African Republic to the narrative feature Oka!. Other recent credits include Producer of The Good Fight and co-Producer of The Lord God Bird (both dir. George Butler). She served as Director of Photography and Editor on the 2003 documentary Brothers in Arms, featuring now Secretary of State, then Senator  John Kerry.  James is a graduate of the M.A. Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University, where she produced and directed four award-winning short documentaries, including Precipice, a national finalist for the 2002 Academy Award in the Student Documentary category. She earned a BSFS with honors from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she majored in Culture and Politics. James has taught documentary filmmaking at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and as an artist in residence at the Oklahoma Arts Institute; she has also served as a guest lecturer for the State Department in Central Asia. She is a former board member of the Southern Documentary Fund. James is married to frequent collaborator, artist and filmmaker Revere La Noue; the two have a young daughter and a naughty dog.

NANCY BUIRSKI - PRODUCER/STORY CONSULTANT

Nancy Buirski is the Director, Producer and Writer of Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq that had its World Premiere as an official selection of the 51st New York Film Festival and will air on American Masters in June. She is the Director, Producer and Writer of the Emmy-award winning The Loving Story (2011), which appeared on HBO in February 2012. The film was a recipient of a coveted Peabody Award. It had its festival premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, followed by Tribeca, Silverdocs, Hamptons and Palm Springs Film Festivals and hasscreened at numerous others in the U.S. and abroad. The film was included in the shortlist for the 2011 Academy Awards. It has been selected for Sundance's Film Forward and the American Film Showcase and has garnered numerous other awards including the American Historical Association's 2012 John E. O'Connor Award, the Gabriel Award and the NAMIC Vision Award.  Althea (Director Rex Miller). She is producing a narrative version of the Lovings' story in association with Colin Firth and Ged Doherty,and in development on The Donner Party with Ric Burns for HBO Original Programming. As Curator and Producer, Buirski founded and was the Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for 10 years. Prior to her work in film, she was the Foreign Picture Editor at The New York Times, garnering the paper its first Pulitzer Prize in photography.

DAVID MAJZLIN - COMPOSER

David Majzlin is an Emmy®-nominated composer who has scored over forty films that have premiered on HBO, Netflix, Showtime, PBS and in theaters around the world, as well as at such film festivals as Sundance, Cannes, Los Angeles Independent, Telluride, Toronto, SXSW, Tribeca, and Avignon.

EXECUTIVE Producers

Billie Jean King – Women's Sports Legend

John Amos – Hollywood Luminary (Actor: Roots, Good Times, The West Wing, Coming to America, etc.)

William A. Ackman – Activist Investor; CEO, Pershing Capital

Glenn Gilliam - Executive Director Strategic Partnerships

Glenn Gilliam is the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for the "ALTHEA" National Screening Tour and Educational Outreach.  In partnership with the USTA Foundation, is presenting the award-winning documentary to the 2016 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Winners on the 2016 US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids day at the Queens Theater, August 27th. #AltheaCameFirst

 

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