Touching Home: an Autobiographical Drama


 

This was the official website por the 2010 film, Touching Home, an autobiographical drama directed, written, produced and performed by Logan and Noah Miller, two twins who analyze why they could not excel in sports or care for and honor their father, who died alone and was left in prison. 
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages, as well as from other outside sources.

 



Touching Home Movie Trailer
Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris stars in this emotionally charged saga of love and redemption from writer-directors Logan and Noah Miller. The Millers co-star as Lane and Clint Winston, twin brothers who struggle to support their homeless, alcoholic father (Harris) while pursuing professional baseball careers as their only means of escaping their rough neighborhood and finding a better life. Touching Home is a powerful, coming-of-age story about overcoming enormous odds, discovering family and the bonds that matter.

 



REVIEWS

 

For Dad, There Are 2 Outs in the Bottom of the 9th

By STEPHEN HOLDENMAY 13, 2010 | www.nytimes.com

Ed Harris as an alcoholic father in “Touching Home,” a film by Logan and Noah Miller.CreditDavid Moir/California Film Institute In “Touching Home” Ed Harris>, an actor almost incapable of sounding a false dramatic note, gives a deeply affecting portrayal of a homeless alcoholic with a gambling habit living in Northern California.

His character, Charlie Winston, having been kicked out of his mother’s house, lives in a Ford camper stuffed with a lifetime’s accumulated junk. Scruffy, sad eyed and taciturn, bowed down by the crushing knowledge of his own frailty, Charlie is the farthest thing from a histrionic drunk living on grand illusions.

In the film’s most truthful scene Charlie is angrily confronted by his son Clint (Noah Miller), an aspiring professional baseball player, whose savings, carefully stowed in a glass jar labeled “Arizona,”Charlie has pilfered to squander on booze and poker. Clint and his identical twin brother Lane (Logan Miller), who work beside their father at a quarry shoveling gravel, have been extremely tolerant of Charlie, who borrows money that he never pays back and is unable to make good on his promises to stop drinking.

Robbed of the cash he had saved to attend the minor league tryouts in Arizona, Clint goes ballistic. When he asks his father why he did it, Charlie, who genuinely loves his sons and keeps a scrapbook of their achievements, can only respond in shamed befuddlement: “I don’t know. I’m sorry.”

The scene goes a long way toward redeeming “Touching Home” from facile sentimentality. Otherwise the film tends to pull its emotional punches as it heads toward a conditional happy ending. There are so few repercussions after the confrontation that it is almost as though it never happened; nor is there any mention of the twins’ mother. Their grandmother (Lee Meriwether), a spectral figure who sits alone in her house chain-smoking and drinking wine, is nearly silent.

This semiautobiographical movie is an obvious labor of love, produced, written and directed by Noah and Logan Miller, first-time filmmakers and identical twins who play versions of themselves. The film is dedicated to their father, who died alone in a jail cell; its opening scene shows the brothers scattering Charlie’s ashes beside a tree.

Other early scenes observe the Winston brothers (Clint has a gap in his teeth to distinguish him from Lane) living in Arizona, at a time when their goal seems within reach. But in the space of a day, one is cut from his minor league team; the other, who was hoping to be signed, loses his community college scholarship because of poor grades.

Suddenly they are back at Square 1 and back in Colorado eking out a living. Without making a fuss about it, “Touching Home” looks squarely at working-class people for whom professional sports are not just a fantasy, they are also a way out of a dead-end existence.

Because they are more or less playing themselves, Noah and Logan Miller have no difficulty evoking the twins’ fraternal dynamic. Clint, the leader, is hotheaded and impatient, while Lane is earnest and cautious. Their passionate you-and-me-against-the-world bond is as persuasive as the emotional fireworks that explode on the rare occasions when that bond is strained. The dual performances are among the most convincing screen depictions I have seen of identical twinship as a special comfort zone until the moment it isn’t.

Other roles are stock figures. Brad Dourif is Charlie’s simpleton brother, Clyde; Robert Forster a kind-hearted sheriff; and Ishiah Benben a schoolteacher who is Lane’s romantic interest. For all the hard times on display, “Touching Home” is suffused with a glow of apple-cheeked nostalgia that often clings to baseball movies. The movie may be set in the present, but its likable clean-cut twins exude more than a whiff of gee-whiz 1950s innocence.

“Touching Home” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes strong language and violence.

TOUCHING HOME

Opens on Friday in Manhattan. 

Written and directed by Logan and Noah Miller; director of photography, Ricardo Jacques Gale; edited by Robert Dalva; music by Martin Davich; production designer, Roy Rede; costumes by Inanna Bantu; produced by Logan and Noah Miller and Jeromy Zajonc; released by CFI Releasing. At the Village East, Second Avenue at 12th Street, East Village. Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes.

WITH: Ed Harris(Charlie Winston), Brad Dourif (Clyde Winston), Robert Forster (Perk), Logan Miller (Lane Winston), Noah Miller (Clint Winston), Ishiah Benben (Rachel), Evan Jones (Mac), Lee Meriwether (Grandma Eleanor) and Brandon Hanson (Brownie).

 

IMBd User Reviews

Touching Home: Touches the Heart with a Well Written Script and an Oscar Worthy Performance from Ed Harris

13 July 2010 | by bobbylabonte18

Touching Home is just one of those movies destined to become a classic and part of Ed Harris' best work as an actor. Right along movies such as Radio, Stepmom and Pollack, this ranks among his best work as an actor and it wouldn't be a surprise if he is nominated or even wins the Oscar for Best Actor for his touching and excellent performance as Charlie Winston, an alcoholic who is struggling to keep himself alive for his day to day existence. Debut directors Noah and Logan Miller make this film as realistic as it can get and their performances as Ed Harris' sons struggling to accept their father's disease. Overall great acting and a heart tugging script make this small indie film worth seeking out and seeing.

 

RottenTomatoes TomatoMeter Critics 50% | Audience 70%

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
Stephen Holden Top Critic   New York Times
Without making a fuss about it, Touching Home looks squarely at working-class people for whom professional sports are not just a fantasy, they are also a way out of a dead-end existence.

Touching Home

by Ryan Cracknell  November 20, 2013

The baseball movie landscape is littered with characters trying to make it to the majors. They seem to either work or end up be sappier than Oprah putting a Nicholas Sparks book in the club. Logan and Noah Miller’s Touching Homestraddles the fence. Stronger when it focuses on the small-town life than when it steps on the ball diamond, the decent cast elevates it to a tolerable level.

The identical twins have their hands in a lot of places with the film. Not only do they write and direct, but they’re also the stars. They play, appropriately enough, brothers Clint and Lane Winston looking to make it as professional ballplayers. After getting that close again and again, they return home to work at the local quarry.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Baseball tryouts are merely a backdrop to get them at home where hopes turn into a depressing reality. There’s nothing like going from the sunshine and sounds of the park to the drudgery of moving rocks from one pile to another. One’s a dream, the other’s a nightmare.
And you haven’t even met the family yet.

Their father, Charlie Winston (Ed Harris), is the town fool. Charlie’s the opposite of his sons. Clint and Lane are local celebrities. Charlie is the town fool. A drunk, he sleeps in the back of his truck and gambles away whatever he scrounges together. Naturally, there’s a lot of natural tension there as the boys dance around the fact that their father is one bender away from being a complete jerk.

Touching Home is best when it’s digging through the day-to-day realities of the Winston brothers. While they themselves aren’t wholly interesting, the characters surrounding them are. It should be little surprise that the best scenes are those where the supporting cast are the focal points. For the most part, they feel more natural. Plus, the supporting characters don’t get corny montage scenes like Clint and Lane do.

It’s almost unfair to compare Ed Harris to the rest of the cast. Few are horrible, but Harris stands above them all. He brings a lot to scenes that could have easily gone the other way.

Touching Home is one of those movies that’s predictable yet still manages to work in several ways. It lives in the small-town vibe much of the film centers around. It’s not flashy, but it gets the job done in its own quiet way.

 

 

Doubleheader drama often strikes out

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/4
Lou Lumenick New York Post  Top Critic



Twins Noah (left) and Logan Miller wrote, directed and star in "Touching Home," about their father.

 

Any number of athletes have played themselves on film, but identical twins and failed baseball players Logan and Noah Miller are apparently the first to have written and directed their own story as well. 

Their utter lack of distance from the material doesn’t help the sometimes painfully sincere male weepie “Touching Home,” whose making the Millers have already recounted in a best-selling book. 

Perhaps their most impressive achievement is signing up Ed Harris as their father, a drunken gambler. But even the considerable skill Harris brings to bear can’t compensate for the Millers’ inability as writers or directors to pull off this misguided tribute to the old man, who in real life died in prison. 

In this sentimentalized version, he passes away in a forest on Christmas morning after a period of sobriety supervised by a kindly police officer (Robert Forster), who was previously the boys’ Little League coach. 

Even if the Millers forgive the old man for an incredible act of betrayal — which the film indicates is only the latest of many ways he has made things hell for his sons their entire lives — I didn’t feel anywhere near as generous. 

The Millers, who use other names to play themselves in the film, possibly for legal reasons (their mother isn’t even mentioned), have returned to their hometown in a rural section near the San Francisco Bay after one is cut by a minor league baseball team and the other loses his baseball scholarship. 

They’re trying to save up enough money for another tryout, working with their father at a gravel pit during the day, cleaning laundromats at night and living with pop’s mother (Lee Meriwether, the real-life Miss America of 1955), an alcoholic herself, who has banned dad from the house. 

While the Millers have a physical presence, they’re hardly actors. In fact, it’s often difficult to tell them apart, although one of them is missing a tooth and takes off his shirt a lot. 

Evan Jones and Brandon Hanson provide some comic relief as their pals, Ishiah Benben is the chaste romantic interest for one sib, and Brad Dourif ups the schmaltz factor as pop’s mentally challenged brother. 

“Touching Home” is surprisingly watchable under the circumstances, though I suspect a making-of documentary would probably be more interesting.

 



Touching Home With Ed Harri
Ed Harris discusses with Bonnie Steiger his latest role in "Touching Home," a poignant story of father and sons

 

May 15, 2010 | Rating: 7.42/10
Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru

Touching Home
Directed by Logan & Noah Miller

 

Based on a true story. Lane (Logan Miller) and Clint Winston (Noah Miller), identical twin brothers, have no choice but to return to their small hometown in Northern California after Clint loses his community college scholarship while Lane finds himself cut from his Minor League baseball team.

Their dream and passion has always been to become baseball players that dream is squandered for the time being. In Colorado, they stay with their grumpy grandmother, Eleanor (Lee Meriwether), and find a job at the same quarry that their father, Charlie (Ed Harris), works at. Charlie suffers from a double whammy because he’s addicted to gambling and to alcohol, so it’s not surprising that he lives insides his truck. A dinner with one of his sons consists of canned food that he shares with him as they sit on a bench together. The drama at that point starts to become engrossing as co-writer/directors Logan and Noah Miller explore the relationships between not only the twins but also between them and their troubled father. Ed Harris grounds the film in a brave, convincingly moving performance that helps to provide pathos for the character of Charlie.

It’s safe to say that Charlie is a bad father, but, fundamentally, he’s not a bad person. Will he be able to sober up and to successfully rekindle his bond between him and his sons? In a rather corny, contrived and poorly developed subplot, Clint romances a local schoolteacher, Rachel (Ishiah Benben), who’s not given much of a backstory. Robert Forster briefly shows up as the local sheriff who used to be the twins’ baseball coach while Brad Dourif absolutely nails his performance as the twins’ mentally challenged uncle, Clyde. Logan and Noah Miller also include an interesting, profound use of symbolism when Clyde shows the twins his caged birds, one of which has wandered off, but as Clyde says, he it’ll eventually find its way. That wandering bird represents Lane, Clint as well as Charlie, so at least, to complete that analogy, there’s some uplifting hope that they will find their way in life. As clichéd as it may sound, some people who wander off their path of true happiness in life and get lost end up rediscovering themselves and finding true happiness later on as they learn to overcome their struggles, first-and-foremost, by strengthening their familial bonds. At a running time of 1 hour and 51 minutes, 

Touching Home manages to be a heartfelt albeit slightly contrived drama that boasts a brave, emotionally resonant performance by Ed Harris as well as inspirational messages about the important virtues of courage, love, hope, passion and family. 

 

 

Review: 'Touching Home'

By Mick LaSalle Published 4:00 am PDT, Friday, April 30, 2010

Drama. Starring Logan Miller, Noah Miller and Ed Harris. Directed by Logan and Noah Miller. (PG-13. 108 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.)
The elegant opening shots of "Touching Home" portend good things for the Miller brothers, Logan and Noah, who wrote, directed and star in this, their first feature film. Over the credits, we see four hands in close up planting a memorial garden, and there's beauty in the precision of the gestures and in the ways the hands work together and help each other.

The film is set in a hardscrabble world in which people are broke and the only ticket out is a miracle. At the start of the film Clint (Noah Miller) and Lane (Logan Miller), twin brothers, are pursuing their miracle by trying to break into professional baseball. Lane might already be a good-enough hitter, and if Clint can just get another three or four extra miles on his fastball, he'll be a good-enough pitcher. It's so close ... and then an unexpected reversal sends them back to their squalid hometown.

In "Touching Home," the Millers, who are Marin County residents, make you feel the poverty, the oppressiveness of provincial life and the characters' bone-deep need to escape into something more fulfilling. Everything is hard. The twins need money for baseball tryouts in Arizona in a few months, but to do that means raising money, and so they go to work as laborers. Meanwhile, they're taunted for coming home - by townies who know that they themselves can never escape, so they don't want anybody else locating the exit sign, either.
So there we have it: Two young men pursuing the American dream. The American nightmare, meanwhile, is embodied by Ed Harris as the twins' father. He's an alcoholic who lives out of his truck and wastes every penny he makes either on booze or gambling. Harris does lovely work in this, playing the father as an utterly beaten man, his shoulders slumped from carrying, not one, but two monkeys on his back. In a town where everyone around him feels trapped, he's the ultimate prisoner - of his own body and mind. When he talks to his sons, who are either leery or want no part of him, it's strange: He's there, yet not quite present; embarrassed, but not enough to change. It's a life gone off the tracks.

Where the movie itself begins to go off the tracks is in its presentation of this father and his relationship with his sons. Though sympathetic (or at least recognizably human) in Harris' portrayal, the father is established as useless, as a dead weight around his sons' shoulders and the enemy of their dreams. At one point, he commits an act of betrayal so despicable that his redemption, at least in the eyes of the audience, becomes out of reach. Yet slowly but surely the father becomes the sentimental focus. Dad hijacks the movie, and suddenly the character we least respect becomes the character we're expected to care about.

This story turn made no sense to me, until after I saw "Touching Home" and read that the movie is largely autobiographical, that before they became filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller tried to make it in professional baseball, and that their father was an alcoholic gambler who looked a lot like Harris does in the film. "Touching Home" has the strengths and weaknesses of autobiography: The personal feel, the originality and specificity of detail, but also a story that doesn't quite click and a point of view guided more by reflexive sentiment than by distance and sober understanding.

In any case, the Millers now have their autobiographical film out of the way, and I look forward to their next movie.
-- Advisory: Alcoholism and sexual situations.

 

 



 

The Book

#1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

EITHER YOU’RE IN OR YOU’RE IN THE WAY

Based on the making of the movie 'Touching Home'

“This quick-witted narrative is bona fide inspiration—no canned chicken soup. It’ll suck you in, and it’s not just for movie fans.”        — Library Journal (starred review)

“A tour de force of laugh out loud wit, determination, and triumph. With Either You’re in or You’re in the Way the Miller Brothers have grabbed the American dream by the tail. . . . This book deserves every accolade.”        — Tess Uriza Holthe, bestselling author of When the Elephants Dance and The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes

“An upbeat and downright inspiring read, the Millers limn both the nail-biting tension they endure as they face each hurdle and the heights they reach with their many triumphs.”        —Booklist


Named a Hudson Booksellers’
Best Book of 2009 
Now Available in Paperback!

EITHER YOU’RE IN OR YOU’RE IN THE WAY 
Two Brothers, Twelve Months, and One Filmmaking Hell-Ride to Keep a Promise to Their Father 
By Logan and Noah Miller

The hilarious, implausible, and touching story of twin brothers accomplishing the impossible—making a feature film (with a cast and crew with 11 Academy Awards® and 26 nominations) with no experience, no money, and no contacts.

When identical twin brothers, Logan and Noah Miller’s homeless father died alone in a jail cell, they vowed come hell or high water that their film, Touching Home, would be made as a dedication to their love for him. Either You’re In Or You’re In the Way is the amazing story of how—without a dime to their names nor a single meaningful contact in Hollywood—they managed to write, produce, act, and direct a feature film in under a year starring four-time Academy Award®-nominated actor Ed Harris. The Miller brothers’ incredible and comic gonzo story is essential reading for aspiring filmmakers and movie buffs, and readers looking for a fast-paced, thrill ride of heartbreak and redemption.

 



 

The Bros BLOG

 

From Jail Cell to the Big Screen

“When are you gonna make our movie?” our father asked, looking at us through the plexiglass at the Marin County Jail, where he was an inmate. We had written a screenplay about his life called Touching Home.

“Soon, Dad.”

“Who’s gonna play me? He’s gotta be good looking.”

“Ed Harris,” we said, joking. It was a jailhouse dream, an impossible dream, something to be accomplished in another lifetime when you could start over and make all the right decisions.

A month later our dad died in his jail cell. He’d been homeless for the last fifteen years of his life, battling alcoholism. He’d lost his pride, his self-confidence, considered himself a failure. We went to the morgue, held his hand, said goodbye, and made a vow that we’d make Touching Home as a dedication to him. We wanted to let him know that we were proud of him, that his life had been worth living.

But we had never made a movie before; no film school, no college degrees, no resume above manual labor, and most importantly—no Hollywood contacts. Ignorance would be our guide. And what a blissful guide it would be. It would tell us we could do something when all the experts said we could not. But where do you start? Books? There’s an instruction guide for everything these days. So we bought a bunch of moviemaking books and started taking notes. We quickly discovered that we had embarked on an insanely expensive tribute. And we were broke.

We needed fast money. So we got 17 credit cards and went down to Arizona and shot a two-minute trailer to demonstrate that we could direct our movie. Did we know what we were doing? Of course not. But we had an excellent team.

Two weeks later, we snuck backstage at the San Francisco International Film Festival and persuaded 4-time Oscar nominee, Ed Harris, to step into the alley with us so we could show him the trailer on our laptop. We put our laptop on a greasy dumpster and hit play. Ed said the footage looked beautiful. We told him that we wanted him to play the role of our father.

He grabbed our script off the dumpster, headed home for the night, and called us nine days later. We met for coffee and Ed took the role. Then we maxed out our credit cards, raised a couple million dollars, and made Touching Home. After that we wrote a book about this mad adventure called Either You’re in or You’re in the Way (HarperCollins)And now we’re taking both of them on the road. Next stop: New York City.

This journey started in a very low place, where man is stripped of his freedom and dignity. It’s been four and a half years since our father passed away, and we haven’t stopped climbing. We’re heading toward the bright lights now, all the way from the jail cell to the big screen.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 8:52AM | 

ONE IN A MILLION... ONE IN SEVERAL MILLION?

Our dad is laughing right now. Why? Because his mug just landed in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly alongside 4-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris. Think about this: Four years ago, our dad died penniless and in jail--and now he's a movie star! (He always was a handsome devil.) Here's looking at you, dad-- wherever you are. Can you hear us laughing? We know you are.

Here's a link to the online version (without our dad's photo)... Entertainment Weekly. If you want to see our dad's movie star good looks, then you'll have to head to your local newsstand.

The Bros

 



About the Cast

Ed Harris

as Charlie Winston

Ed Harris has been nominated for four Academy Awards. He has starred in more than fifty feature films and earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time.

Harris attended New York's Columbia University, where he played football. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and got his first taste of critical acclaim for his role as astronaut John Glenn in The Right Stuff. In 2000, he made his directorial debut with Pollack in which Marcia Gay Harden won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Harris recently finished directing his second film, Appaloosa, starring Viggo Mortenson and Renee Zellwegger.

 

Brad Dourif

as Clyde Winston

At age 19, Brad Dourif quit his hometown college and headed to New York City. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays Off Broadway. His portrayal of Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) earned him a Golden Globe, a British Academy Film Award, and an Oscar nomination.

Dourif has appeared in over one hundred features and television series including John Huston's Wise Blood (1979), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Mississippi Burning (1988), and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

 

Robert Forster

as Perk 

A native of Rochester, NY, Forster made his professional debut in the two-character Broadway production of Mrs. Dally Has A Lover. In a career spanning five decades, he has worked with Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Antonio Banderas, Mary Tyler Moore, Gary Sinise and many others. In 1998 Forster was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown.

 

Lee Meriwethe

as Grandma Eleanor

The 1955 Miss America, her feature film debut was Linda Davis in 4D Man, starring Robert Lansing. She portrayed Catwoman in Batman (1966), co-starred in the television series The Time Tunnel, Star Trek, and opposite John Wayne and Rock Hudson in The Undefeated. She also played opposite Andy Griffith in Angel in My Pocket (1969) and played IMF spy Tracy Fielding in six Mission: Impossible episodes. She had a long co-starring role as private detective Betty Jones in the 1973–1980 series Barnaby Jones.

In the 1970s and 1980s, she appeared on Circus of the Stars four times. In the 1990s, she appeared as herself on an episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and in 1996, Meriwether took on the role of Ruth Martin on the soap opera All My Children. She also appeared Off Broadway in the interactive comedy, Grandma Sylvia's Funeral. She is also lending her voice in an upcoming video game for the PlayStation 3.

 

Evan Jones

as Mac 

Evan Jones is quickly becoming one of the finest character actors of his generation. He is best known for his roles as Cheddar Bob in 8 Mile and as PFC Dave Fowler in Jarhead. He has worked with actors Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eminem and directors Werner Herzog, Curtis Hanson, Sam Mendes and others. Evan is currently co-starring in the ABC series October Road.

 

Logan Miller

as Lane Winston

Logan was born and raised in Northern California. He played baseball in the Minor Leagues before pursuing a career in filmmaking. Logan wrote, produced, and directed Touching Home with his identical twin brother, Noah. Touching Home is Logan’s acting debut.

 

Noah Miller

as Clint Winston

Noah was born and raised in Northern California. He played college baseball before pursuing a career in filmmaking. Noah wrote, produced, and directed Touching Home with his identical twin brother, Logan. Touching Home is Noah’s acting debut.

 

Ishiah Benben

as Rachel 

A Bay Area native, Ishiah Benben is a talented young actress with considerable stage experience. In 2004, Ishiah was accepted as one of only twenty-four students nationwide to study at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company. Shortly after, she starred alongside Ed Asner in the two-person play King David and his Concubine. Touching Home marks Ishiah’s feature film debut.

 

Brandon Hanson

as Brownie

Brandon Hanson grew up north of San Francisco and after breaking his leg motocross racing, he decided to take up acting as a hobby while he learned to walk again. By the time he was healed he had made the decision to move to Los Angeles and become an actor full time.

After a starring role in Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang show Bury the Dead he has gone on to work with Matthew Perry, Hillary Swank and Ben Foster in Birds of America premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2008, Michelle Monaghan and Benjamin Bratt in Trucker premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2008, and Lou Taylor Pucci and Jeff Daniels in The Answer Man premiering at Sundance 2009.

About the Crew

Logan & Noah Miller - Producers/Writers/Directors
Logan Miller and Noah Miller, identical twins raised as roofers in Northern California, dreamt of being baseball stars. When that dream failed, they found professional success as bingo callers. Always staying together, the brothers were briefly suckered into the world of modeling, somehow avoided the circus, and finally, with 17 credit cards, pursued a career in filmmaking. In 2006, the brothers were awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, which led to their screenwriting, directing, and acting debut release of Touching Home (starring four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris) Spring 2010. Their bestselling memoir, Either You’re In Or You’re In the Way (HarperCollins, 2009) chronicles the comic adventure behind the making of Touching Home. The Miller Brothers have appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, NPR, and various other national media outlets. The Miller Brothers live in Northern California and hold no degrees.

Robert Dalva – Editor
Robert Dalva is part of an elite group of Northern California filmmakers. After graduating from USC Film School, Robert moved to San Francisco where he was one of the founding members of Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios. In 1980, Robert was nominated for an Academy Award for editing The Black Stallion. Some of his editing credits include The Black Stallion, Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, and Hidalgo. In 1983, Robert directed The Black Stallion Returns.

Ricardo Jacques Galé - Director of Photography
Ricardo Jacques Galé attended USC Film School. Roger Corman gave Galé his first shot as DP. With over 25 features on his resume, Galé’s projects have won numerous honors including the François Chalais Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Martin Davich – Composer
Emmy Award-winning composer Martin Davich has written music for film & television for over 20 years. His credits include the hit TV series ER and Beverly Hills 90210 and many others.

Richard Hymns - Supervising Sound Editor
Richard Hymns came to the United States in 1978. He has won three Academy Awards and been nominated seven times. He has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus, Robert Redford, David Fincher, Ang Lee, George Lucas, John Hughes, Tim Burton, Ron Howard, Philip Kaufman, Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Smith, James Cameron, Roman Polanski and many others. He lives in Northern California and currently works at Skywalker Ranch.

Mark Berger - Re-Recording Mixer
Born in San Francisco, Mark Berger has over 150 feature film credits. He has won four Academy Awards (Apocolypse Now, The Right Stuff, Amadeus, and The English Patient).

Chris Boyes - Re-Recording Mixer
Chris Boyes has won four Academy Awards (Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and King Kong). He has been nominated 10 times. He was born and raised in Northern California and currently works at Skywalker Ranch.

Brian Vail – Executive Producer
Brian Vail’s passion for art and film inspired him to help the Miller brothers achieve their dream of making their acclaimed debut film, Touching Home. As one of the former board members of the Crocker Art Museum and an avid collector of Bay Area figurative art, Vail is especially drawn to the local art scene and was immensely impressed with the Miller brothers and their incredible story. Touching Home is the third film that Vail has produced and his other investments include restaurants in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, a Napa Valley winery and a Berkeley start-up company.

Vail began his highly successful investment career in 1986 with River West Investments which he later acquired in 1999, where he was nationally recognized for developing the first pedestrian trans-oriented community in Sacramento, setting the standard for future projects. He’s currently involved in a partnership with former State Treasurer Phil Angelides in a renewable solar energy venture, involving two of the largest solar projects in California. Vail lives in East Sacramento with his wife and three children.

Gordon Radley - Executive Producer
Gordon Radley recently retired from Lucasfilm Ltd., where he had been President since 1993. He joined Lucasfilm in 1985. Gordon served in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Central Africa from 1968-70 and was director of a Peace Corps training project in Western Samoa in 1979. He lives in Northern California.

Jeromy Zajonc – Producer
Born and raised in Northern California, Jeromy Zajonc’s first job in film was fetching soft drinks for George Lucas. He has since worked on various feature films and hit television shows. He has worked with many accomplished actors and filmmakers including Ed Harris, Vince Vaughn, Scott Rosenberg (Con Air), DJ Caruso, and Griffin Dunne. He is the son of renowned helicopter stunt pilot Robert “Bobby Z” Zajonc. Jeromy was also instrumental in the launch of the Millers' #1 National Bestselling memoir Either You're In Or You're In the Way. He graduated from UCLA in 1999.

 


 

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