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Overview (1)

Born in Berkeley, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989.

He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker (2005). Architecture of Reassurance (2000), a short film he wrote and directed, was in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Oberhausen short film festival, and The New York Museum of Modern Art's New Directors New Films. Paperboys (2001), documents the daily life of six boys in rural Minnesota. Deformer (2000) documents the life of the world-famous skateboarder Ed Templeton, was featured in the Edinburgh and Rotterdam International film festivals, and Air: Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing (1999), a tour documentary of the French band Air and their audiences is available on DVD. The connected documentaries "Hair Shoes Love and Honesty" (1998) and "Not How Or When Or Why But Yes" (2004) have been presented at The Alleged gallery, the Mu Museum, and Res Fest Internationally. Other works include a short film documenting the music theory of jazz composer Ornette Coleman, as well as several short films for Marc Jacobs.

In 1996 Mike co-founded The Directors Bureau with Roman Coppola, a multidisciplinary production company that also represents Geoff McFetteridge, Shynola, Sofia Coppola and Mark Borthwick. His commercial work includes international campaigns for clients such as Levis, Gap, Volkswagen, Adidas and Nike. Mike has directed many music videos for bands such as Air, Pulp, Everything but the Girl, Les Rythem Digitales, Moby, Yoko Ono, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. "The Directors Series" will distribute a retrospective DVD of his videos and short works. In 2005 Mike retired from the Bureau and from directing advertisements. Mike's first feature film, Thumbsucker (2005), which he adapted from the novel by Walter Kirn, won acting awards at the 2005 Sundance film festival, the Berlin International film festival, and Mike received the 2005 Guardian New Directors award at the Edinburgh International film festival. As a graphic artist, Mills has designed CD covers for bands such as Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, Boss Hog, Buffalo Daughter and others. Until 1998, Mike created all the graphics for X-girl, Kim Gordon and Daisy Von Furth's clothing company. Mike has designed scarves and fabrics for Marc Jacobs, skateboards for Subliminal, Supreme, and Stereo, and he has designed books such as "Hyper Ballad" and "Baby Generation" featuring the photographs of Takashi Homma.

In 1996 Mo Wax records released a 12" album filled with posters and other graphic items created by Mike entitled "A Visual Sampler: Posters by Mike Mills". This one-of-a-kind release was accompanied by a touring exhibition in the summer and fall of '96 in New York City at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, The Adam Bray Gallery in London, as well as galleries in Tokyo and Sydney. In 2003 Mike stopped working for clients and began his own graphic line "Humans" (www.humans.jp) which includes fabrics, shirts, posters and ribbons. Based in Tokyo, Humans has been exhibited at clothing stores and galleries such as Nieves in Zurich, Trip in Milan and Cow Books in Tokyo. Mills work was included in the Cooper Hewitt Museum's, 2003 National Design Triennial. Other gallery exhibits include: 1996 solo exhibit, "Help" at The Alleged Gallery, New York. 1997 "Teenage Objects" at Gallery Collette in Paris. 1998 solo exhibit "Hair, Shoes, Love and Honesty" at the Alleged Gallery, New York. 2001 solo exhibit, "What Will You Do Now That You Know It's The End". 2004, solo exhibit, "Not How Or When or Why, But Yes" at the MU Gallery in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. 2004 Group show, "Beautiful Losers" Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and the Yerba Buena Center for Arts, San Francisco.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mike Mills

Spouse (1)

Miranda July (2009 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

His films often revolve around the relationship between parents and Their children

Trivia (5)

Mother died of cancer in 1999.
Has made ads for Nike, Levis and Volkswagen.
Has directed Christopher Plummer to an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners (2010).
He is the son of Janet L. "Jan" (Meyer; later Dowd), a draftsperson, and Paul Chadbourne Mills, who was an art historian and museum director.
French electronic group Air named a track after him, it appears on their album "Talkie Walkie".

Personal Quotes (7)

That drifting thing is my life view. I do it a lot. I am intrigued by inanimate objects. They're a piece of history, someone's statement and ideas of life. If this was your room, the stuff on your table would be telling me as much about you as you. As someone who grew up in a house where there wasn't a lot of talking, I'm used to just looking at the world. And in general I often feel like I just don't understand what's happening. That everybody else does, but I don't quite get it. That camera technique I often call 'the alien that landed - and doesn't know what's important'.
Actors are pretending for you, but they're not lying. They are not putting on a guise instead of themselves. They are finding things inside that they have experienced.
Making a movie is so hard, you'd better make movies about something you really know about. And even more, it's really good to make movies about things you need to figure out for yourself, so you're driven the whole way through. It's going to make things more crucial for you.
I think we're afraid of both [love and death], which is totally human. We're big, messy complicated creatures. And the idea that we're constantly seeking to put ourselves in smaller and smaller boxes makes me kind of sad. The person who wrote this script was a somewhat different person than the man I am now. I was grieving when I wrote it. And I have to say I'm happy not to be crying all the time - but I did. I cried when I was writing this.
I have to say, I totally lucked out with both [Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor]. I needed two actors who really did look like father and son, and they do. They're also incredible talents. They both brought so much with them. but most of all they brought the love. I'm quite moved by what they did and what they found together, especially Christopher. For any straight actor, let alone a movie star of his stature, to play a gay man with so much tenderness and compassion was truly inspiring. He was so open. It was beautiful to watch.
[on writing and directing 'Beginners' which examines the issues which arise when a widower discloses his homosexuality to his son]: The whole thing started when my real dad came out at 75. I was thinking about it all the time, and what was really interesting to me was how much more accessible my dad became. We would end up having these wonderful, long conversations about love and life. And in a lot of ways this film actually feels a bit like a historical document, because it follows my own journey through that landscape of change.
[on meeting his wife Miranda July] She wore a yellow dress. She was so strong and declarative. I fell in love instantly.

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