That Guy Dick Miller is the new documentary that examines one of the last great character actors, Dick Miller. Known for his work in Gremlins, and his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, and many more, we get to see what makes Hollywood’s leading “that guy” tick, courtesy of filmmakers Elijah Drenner and Elle Schneider, direct from SXSW 2014 on BYOD…
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THAT GUY DICK MILLER – Dick Miller is the last of the great American character actors. Whether sharing the screen with Nicholson, DeNiro, Schwarzenegger or The Ramones, Dick has been stealing scenes since his screen debut in 1955. He has worked with some of the great directors: Scorsese, Corman, Fuller, Dante, Cameron, Demme and more. Every moviegoer knows his face, but few know his name and even fewer know his story; an aspiring writer turned accidental actor. For the first time, Dick Miller has allowed filmmakers incredible access to his life and home for this funny and unexpected story. Joining him are the directors, producers, co-stars and friends who have helped make him Hollywood’s leading “that guy”.
Elijah Drenner works as a director and editor specializing in film-related documentaries and DVD/Blu-ray bonus features. His work has spot lighted such diverse filmmakers as Kinji Fukasaku, Paul Verhoeven, Jess Franco, David Cronenberg, Russ Meyer and many more. That Guy Dick Miller is his second feature.
Elle Schneider was raised by the Metropolitan Museum and Law & Order. Born in New York City, Elle grew up in a cultural blender of art, music, and theater, which inspired a passion for genre film at a young age. In 2004, Elle moved to Los Angeles to attend USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated in 2008. Elle is currently developing a number of feature screenplays while working as a director, cinematographer, and editor. Elle has contributed to the DVD/Blu-Ray extras for AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE,THE STUNT MAN and the WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION. She is also serving as Cinematographer and Co-Producer on THAT GUY DICK MILLER when she’s not busy co-designing and promoting all-things Digital Bolex.
00:01 Welcoming Elijah Drenner & Elle Schneider of THAT GUY DICK MILLER.
00:33 Why make the documentary?
02:38 Not just about Dick Miller.
05:52 Biopics on other fringe superstars.
06:52 THAT GUY DICK MILLER, Clip.
07:30 More festivals after the SXSW premiere.
08:55 THAT GUY DICK MILLER, Trailer.