Randall Miller

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Randall Miller is an American film director. He has directed 10 features and television movies.

In 1993, Miller was nominated for CableACE Awards for his writing and direction of a short children's musical entitled Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School[1] (later remade as a feature film with the same title).[2] In 2000, he was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Children's Programs for the Wonderful World of Disney episode "H-E Double Hockey Sticks".[3][4] He then directed a number of independent films, including his self-distributed 2008 film Bottle Shock which premiered at the Sundance Film festival in 2008.[5] His previous film Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005; Nobel Son premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007[6] and CBGB in 2013.[7][8]

In 2014, while he was directing the film Midnight Rider, a member of the film crew was killed during the filming of a scene.[9] A police investigation found that Miller had misled the crew into trespassing on an operating railway line; second camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed by a train and several others injured.[10] Miller ultimately pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the death, serving a year in prison.[11][12] He is the first director to go to jail for causing the death of a cast or crew member during filming.[13] As part of his plea agreement he is prohibited from working as a director or assistant director or in any supervisory role that includes safety responsibility of a film production.[11]



  1. ^ Jennifer Pendleton, "Rivals for CableAces not even close to HBO", Variety, November 17, 1992.
  2. ^ Dennis Harvey, "Review: ‘Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School’", Variety, January 6, 2005.
  3. ^ Dave McNary, "DGA names noms for day, kids", Variety, February 16, 2000.
  4. ^ Jerry Roberts, Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors (Scarecrow Press, 2009), ISBN 978-0810863781, p. 394. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ Anderson, John (July 30, 2008). "No Film Distributor? Then D.I.Y.". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla. "Kidnapping, Suicide and Other Family Matters". New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Foundas, Scott. ""CBGB review: New York club gets the biopic it didn't deserve". Variety. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  8. ^ DeYoung, Bill. "CBGB: A conversation with filmmaker Randall Miller". Connect Savannah. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Robb, David. "Hollywood Production Safety Exec: “We’re In A Post-Sarah Jones World"". Deadline. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Ruggieri, Melissa. "Gregg Allman film director gets early release from Georgia jail". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Johnson, Ted (March 9, 2015). "'Midnight Rider’ Trial: Executive Producer Jay Sedrish Won’t Serve Jail Time". Variety. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  12. ^ Busch, Anita; Leon, Patty. "‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller Freed From Jail In Shock Ruling – Update". Deadline. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Robb, David; Busch, Anita (March 9, 2015). "‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller’s Prison Sentence Marks Historic First". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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