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.
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 With Ed Harri
Ed Harris discusses with Bonnie Steiger his latest role in "Touching Home," a poignant story of father and sons
#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.
“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.
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.
About the Cast
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.