Sunday, August 02, 2015
The Auteurs #47: Bennett Miller
Though he’s only done four feature films and three of them in the last 10 years, Bennett Miller is probably one of the most exciting and intriguing filmmakers working today in American cinema. Despite the small number of films he’s made so far, Miller’s study of real-life individuals in unique situations are fascinating as it plays into a world that is real as well as complicated. Particularly as Miller would also tell the stories of these figures and the challenges they face in their environment and situations. Though he is still sort of a newcomer of sorts, Miller is also one of the most vital filmmakers in American cinema to keep things exciting in the age of blockbusters and adaptations of young adult film franchises.
Born on December 30, 1966, Miller was the son of a contractor and a painter as he was introduced to the world of art at an early age. In his teens attending Mamaroneck High School, he would meet aspiring actor/writer Dan Futterman who would become one of his key collaborators as the two graduated in 1985. Though Futterman would go to Columbia University and Miller attending New York University, the two remained close as Miller would form a short-lived theater troupe with another young actor at the time in Philip Seymour Hoffman. After finishing his studies at NYU, Miller took some time working on several projects including a video for friend Steven Schub and his band the Fenwicks in the early 1990s as it was his first taste in directing something. Though it would take time for him to find something to direct, Miller would spend much of his post-college life honing his craft as a filmmaker.
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