Arthur Miller: Writer
ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. The documentary is told from the unique perspective of an award-winning filmmaker: his daughter, Rebecca Miller. Featuring material never before seen by the public, including in-depth interviews and home movie-style footage, the film opens the door to the man behind the icon, delving into the roots of his life as an artist, and exploring his character – both its strengths and weaknesses.
Includes a post-film conversation with Director/Producer Rebecca Miller and Producer Damon Cardasis, moderated by Katie Walsh, Film Critic, Tribune News Services.
Please note: This screening takes place at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, and begins at 4pm. Check-in begins at 3pm.
Rebecca Miller, Director
Rebecca Miller has written and directed five feature films: ANGELA (1995) winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award, as well as the Gotham Award; PERSONAL VELOCITY (2002) starring Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick and Fairuza Balk, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award, as well as the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award; THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE (2005) starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle; THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009) starring Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, and Keanu Reaves; and MAGGIE’S PLAN (2015) starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore.
Miller is also the screenwriter of the feature film PROOF (2005) adapted from the stage play.
Miller is the author of the short story collection PERSONAL VELOCITY (2001) and the novels THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009), which has been published in over thirty countries, and JACOB’S FOLLY (2013). She adapted PERSONAL VELOCITY and THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE for the screen.
Damon Cardasis, Producer
Damon Cardasis is a two-time WRITER’S GUILD AWARD nominated writer/director and the producing partner of writer/director Rebecca Miller. Cardasis’ first feature script, SATURDAY CHURCH was the runner up for the “Audience Award” at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it played in competition. SATURDAY CHURCH will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Together Miller and Cardasis run their production company Round Films under which Cardasis produced the film MAGGIE’S PLAN, released by Sony Pictures Classics in May 2016. Cardasis recently produced the documentary ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER which will be released by HBO in 2018. Round Films is in development on a variety of projects, for film and television, including Rebecca Miller’s newest script SHE CAME TO ME.
Cardasis is the co-founder of THE LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL, which showcases low-budget films from around the world. The festival will enter it’s 8th year in June 2018.
Cindy Tolan, Producer
Cindy Tolan is a producer and casting director who has worked extensively in film, television, and theatre. In addition to the documentary ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER, she is currently producing a revival of Arthur Miller's THE AMERICAN CLOCK and in 2016 produced the one-night centennial celebration of Miller's work on Broadway ARTHUR MILLER: ONE NIGHT, ONE HUNDRED YEARS. She has collaborated with Rebecca Miller on all five of her previous films - MAGGIE'S PLAN, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, PERSONAL VELOCITY, and ANGELA. Additional film casting credits include the upcoming Barry Jenkins' film, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, BLUE VALENTINE, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, WINTER'S TALE, GO FOR SISTERS, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, SUGAR, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, THE NAMESAKE, SHERRYBABY, KINSEY, STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, and CASA DE LOS BABYS. Her television projects include the upcoming Errol Morris docudrama WORMWOOD, HBO's THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, ODD MOM OUT, HAPPYISH, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS. Her numerous theater projects include the upcoming Simon McBurney adaptation THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, the 2015 Tony Award winner for best play THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, BETRAYAL, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, ALL MY SONS, CINDERELLA, XANADU and AVENUE Q.