Writer & Director: Randall Miller began his directing career at the American Film Institute and launched with the award-winning short film Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School. Miller then gained esteem by directing numerous episodes of the popular Emmy-Nominated TV series, Thirtysomething and the Golden Globe-winning Northern Exposure, plus several pilots that went to series and Made for Television movies. Miller’s first feature film was Class Act for Warner Bros, which was followed by Disney's Houseguest and the basketball comedy The Sixth Man.
Looking to get back to his roots in independent filmmaking, Miller and his wife produced the feature-length version of his AFI short film: MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL with Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenbergen, Danny Devito and Robert Carlyle, which premiered at Sundance and sold to Samuel Goldwyn Films. The venerable Rex Reed called the film, “Ballroom Bliss! An extraordinary story rich and colorful.”
The team followed with the Tribeca premiere of NOBEL SON starring the first-rate cast of Alan Rickman, Eliza Dushku, Bryan Greenberg, Mary Steenburgen, Danny Devito, Shawn Hatosy and Bill Pullman. Roger Ebert dubbed the film: “The plot is ingenious-- the schemes are diabolical!”
Next came the Sundance premiere of the highly-applauded hit BOTTLE SHOCK starring another strong cast led by Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina and Rachael Taylor. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called the film: “Highly entertaining! There’s magic in it!” Both films were sold to 20th Century Fox and are now available through Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Miller and Savin then produced the stunning post-civil war drama SAVANNAH starring Oscar-winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Alexander, Sam Shepard, Hal Holbrook and Jim Caviezel.
Teaming up with the legendary Alan Rickman for a third time they made CBGB, which tells the story of the birth of underground rock and the legendary New York punk club CBGB which started the careers of Blondie, The Ramones, Lou Reed, The Police and many others. Pete Hammond called the film: “Terrific! This one really rocks! One of the year’s nicest surprises!” In addition to Alan Rickman, CBGB starred Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Stana Katic and Malin Akerman as ‘Blondie’, Rupert Grint as ‘Cheetah Chrome,’ Joel David Moore as ‘Joey Ramone’, Taylor Hawkins as ‘Iggy Pop’ and Mickey Sumner as ‘Patti Smith.’ CBGB has been enormously successful for Disney Int’l and Samuel Goldwyn Films as well.
HIGHER GROUNDS, now in post-production, against the backdrop of world of coffee competitions, crazy latte art and brews the story of a vegan barista who wants to Save the World one cup of coffee at a time. Marking the sixth feature film that Miller & Savin have produced under their Unclaimed Freight Productions (UNCP) banner, and the eighth feature Miller has directed. Miller is a committed vegan and activist to curb global warming.
WRITER & DIRECTOR
Jody Savin is a graduate of Princeton University and the American Film Institute, where she earned her M.F.A. Following college, she worked as a playwright and poet while supporting herself as a musical director for such soap operas as The Guiding Light and As the World Turns, winning three Daytime Emmy nominations. Her poetry has been published in dozens of literary magazines. As a screenwriter, Savin wrote the award-winning TNT documentary Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon. She has also written and produced feature films for Disney, Universal, Columbia, and 20th Century Fox. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Savin wrote and produced the independent films MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL starring Robert Carlyle, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei); Nobel Son (starring Alan Rickman, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman and Danny DeVito), BOTTLE SHOCK (starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Freddy Rodriguez, Rachael Taylor, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Dennis Farina), SAVANNAH (starring Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Alexander, Bradley Whitford, Hal Holbrook and Sam Shepard) and CBGB (starring Alan Rickman, Ashley Greene, Freddy Rodriguez, Donal Logue, Malin Akerman, Stana Katic, Taylor Hawkins, Mickey Sumner, Johnny Galecki, Justin Bartha, Rupert Grint, Richard DeKlerk and Bradley Whitford.)
As well as a being film producer, Savin is an entrepreneur, the mother of two teenagers and has a new book, "Stitched & Sewn: The Life-Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor Trudie Strobel." And she has a new mobile phone app called Syndesy, which is now available at the App Store. Her app helps track relationships-- both in business and romantically. Syndesy actually has global reach and can help quell the spread of the corona virus through it's "Contact Tracing" features.