All the Birds Have Flown South

"All the Birds Have Flown South" is a contemporary Southern Gothic psychological thriller written and to be directed by The Miller Brothers.
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Joshua Miller
Film
Little Rock, Arkansas
United States
6 Team Members

This is an accelerated campaign to help fund the feature film, All the Birds Have Flown South. As many of you know, funding a film is no easy task. We have raised 25% of our total budget, but haven't reached our goal needed to "green light" the film. We have decided to add crowd funding to our arsenal to help raise the remaining funds to launch our project by December 3rd. On the 2011 festival circuit with Pillow, we garnered a lot of support and interest from fellow filmmakers and festival goers. This is an opportunity for everyone to be involved. If you've seen our work and responded, we're asking for your help. We need financial support from family, friends, and fans in and out of the film industry.We appreciate any and all support. 

 

 

 

The Opportunity:

All the Birds Have Flown South is a contemporary Southern Gothic psychological thriller written and to be directed by The Miller Brothers. Pillow, a short film also written and directed by The Miller Brothers in 2011, screened at 35 film festivals around the world including Oscar qualifiers: Austin Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film & Video Festival, New Orleans Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival. Pillow won 12 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Sound Design. Due to the success of Pillow, the growing pool of seasoned Arkansas talent, and the local interest in the blossoming film community, The Miller Brothers felt compelled to move forward with this feature length film. Their stories are inspired by Southern Gothic literature and the hardships of life in the rural South. With the use of magic realism, the Miller Brothers' themes of control, addiction, and the cycle of violence become rich with metaphor and symbolism. All the Birds Have Flown South represents a unique opportunity to invest in Arkansas filmmakers who have already gained both national and international recognition.

 


Synopsis:

“After the death of his overbearing mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate Waffle House waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon, their lives begin to unravel as obsession and disease consume them all.”



Directors’ Vision:

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, we have an inherent interest in exploring the human condition in the American South. Inspired by traditional Southern Gothic literature, we incorporate elements of fantasy and surrealism to push the boundaries of the genre while remaining true to its darkest roots. Our artistic palette has been shaped by artists of all mediums: writers such as Flannery O’Conner and William S. Burroughs; master filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick; and still photographers Gregory Crewdson and Jack Spencer. All the Birds Have Flown South is a contemporary psychological thriller set against the frigid winter of the rural South. The title was derived from a line of description in the script but represents a much broader idea. It alone should invoke feelings of emptiness, loneliness, and lifelessness. Since the early 70's, our parents have been regulars of The Waffle House. Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon for us to visit the establishment several times a week. The provincial culture and the struggles we witnessed have made an obvious impact on our lives. Our story was developed over 20 years and a thousand shifts.

                             - Joshua H Miller & Miles B. Miller

 

 

 

   The Players:

 

The Miller Brothers, WRITER / DIRECTOR

Miles, the eldest of The Miller Brothers, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1977, and Josh was born a year later. Miles has a creative writing and experimental photography background. Josh is an accomplished fine art photographer, having shown his work in galleries and juried exhibits around the country. He enjoyed early success as a writer, co-writing the 2005 short Miles From Home, which premiered at the 2006 South by Southwest Film Festival. In 2008, he executive produced the award-winning feature Etienne, which won a SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at CineVegas 2009 and BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE at the 2009 Oxford Film Festival. Josh has also had success as a producer, winning the BEST OF ARKANSAS competition three times and the AUDIENCE AWARD in 2010. That year ended on a high note when the Millers produced the documentary Looking for Lurch. It was nominated for THE FESTIVAL GENIUS AWARD at the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Miller Brothers first teamed up to produce the award winning short Antiquities, which screened at the 2010 New OrleansFilm Festival and the 2010 Athens International Film Festival. Antiquities also took home the top Arkansas prize at the 2010 Little Rock Film Festival. In the summer of that year the brothers moved to the director’s chair for their short, PILLOW. The short had a successful festival campaign, screening at several Oscar Qualifying Festivals including: Austin Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, and Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Among other awards, PILLOW took BEST NARRATIVE SHORT at the Oxford Film Festival, deadCENTER Film Festival, and Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2011, as well as Atlanta Underground Film Festival in 2012. It also won the Crossroads Award at the 2011 Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival. The Miller Brothers won the BEST DIRECTOR award at the 2011 Little Rock Film Festival. Following the success of PILLOW, the brothers wrote several feature length scripts. For their feature directorial debut, they chose ALL THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN SOUTH. They will produce with industry veteran Kathryn Francis Tucker.

 


Kathryn Francis Tucker, 
PRODUCER

Kathryn is a native Arkansan. After graduating from Little Rock Central High in 1996, she matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, graduating in 2000 magna cum laude in her major of fine arts with a concentration in photography. After college, Kathryn went to work in New York City for celebrity photographer, Timothy White, as a photo assistant. From there, she began her film career and went to work as a Photo Editor for Miramax Films from 2002-2003. There, she produced photo shoots and worked on the marketing campaigns for such films as Kill Bill, Cold Mountain, Chicago, Gangs of New York, Amelie, City of God, and Frida. In 2004, she produced the critically acclaimed independent feature film Loggerheads, which was shot in North Carolina and later accepted into Sundance Dramatic Competition in 2005. In 2006, Kathryn was accepted into the Director’s Guild Training Program in Los Angeles. During her time as a DGA Trainee, she worked on feature films such as Made of Honor and She’s Out of My League. After completing the program in 2008 and becoming a member of the Director’s Guild of America, she went to work as a 2nd Assistant Director on the Pilot episode and first season of Glee, earning two award nominations from the Director’s Guild of America for her work on Glee’s directing team. Kathryn went on to work on Sam Raimi’s feature film, Drag Me to Hell; Adam Sandler’s feature films, Just Go With It and Jack & Jill; Judd Apatow’s feature film, This Is 40, Tom Cruise’s feature film, Oblivion, and Sean Penn’s and Ryan Gosling’s feature film Gangster Squad. In 2011, Kathryn Co-Produced 2nd Serve, an independent feature film shot in Kentucky. She is currently in pre-production with The Miller Brothers working as the Producer of their independent feature film All the Birds Have Flown South, which is set to shoot in Arkansas in January 2013. Kathryn now splits her time between Little Rock, Arkansas and Los Angeles, California. Kathryn is the only active member of the Director’s Guild of America residing in Arkansas. She is allergic to cheese.

  

 

Gabe Mayhan, CINEMATOGRAPHER

Gabe first came to production as a studio cameraman for an NBC affiliate news station. His talents quickly earned him a promotion to field camera operator and then field producer and videographer for PBS. Wanting to broaden his experience, Gabe decided to move into commercial and documentary work and accepted an offer as the Director of Photography at The Producers Studio in Little Rock, Arkansas. He shot the documentary Injury Slight…Please Advise that aired on The Military Channel. He has since successfully made the transition to shooting primarily narrative projects including the shorts Antiquities, The Orderly, and Pillow – all of which have won awards on the festival circuit. He recently won BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for Pillow at The 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival, flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, and Rx Film Festival in Austin. Gabe went on to shoot the feature film 2nd Serve in Kentucky and Ann Richards’ Texas in 2011, which recently premiered at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and was subsequently purchased by HBO for distribution. Many critics have compared Gabe to a young Roger Deakins due to his versed fluency in the cinematic language.

 

 

Jennifer Levy,  CASTING DIRECTOR


Jennifer Levy has been a casting director for 12 years. She started in independent film and has also worked in television as a casting executive at The WB and in the films and mini-series casting department at HBO. During her career, Jennifer has cast films that have been featured at The Sundance Film Festival, as well as other festivals across the country.  Some of her credits include: Two Days, Ten Years Later, Right at  Your Door and Playback. She is currently casting the independent films Open Doors and All The Birds Have Flown South. Jennifer has a great love and respect for actors and was featured on the cover of Backstage this year as one of the Casting Directors to know.nHer love of actors and supporting them in the audition process has led to Jennifer primarily focusing on being an acting coach since the spring. Jennifer is also an acting coach because she truly loves working with actors and seeing the creative process come alive. Reading with actors in auditions is the best part of the casting process. Jennifer wrote and directed a short film called Bedcrumbs that is currently being submitted to film festivals, and has so far been accepted to the NYLA Independent Film Festival. Bedcrumbs is inspired by the song Fighting For Crumbs by Alicia Witt. She stars in the short along with Marcus Ashley. Jennifer loves movies and has been inspired by so many different actors and performances.  If Ryan Gosling ever decides to read the yellow pages aloud from a glacier at the North Pole, Jennifer will be sitting in the front row. Favorite Movies of All Time: The Wizard of Oz, The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, Tigerland, Boogie Nights and Half Nelson.


 


Lucas Mireles, 
CO-EDITOR

Lucas is a native Texan and former shot putter for the University of Houston where he received his BA and MA degrees in 2006 and 2010. He is currently enrolled in the MFA Film Directing program at UCLA. The first dramatic short he directed, Hijo de mi Madre (A Mother’s Son), made its world premiere at the Slamdance 2011 film festival. He next directed a comedic short, Love Analysis, an official selection of SXSW 2011. Lucas wrote and directed Playtime (Spielzeit), which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of SXSW 2012. Inspired by Billy Wilder and Curt Siodmack’s classic silent film People On Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag), Playtime (Spielzeit) was created as part of a two-month cultural collaboration initiative betweenUCLA and the Internationale Filmschule Köln. Currently, Lucas has completed directing duties on a short for Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby). He has also completed his second requisite film work, Range Junkies, a film that can simply be described as “a love story in a gun-range”. Now, Lucas is in preproduction on his first feature film.

 


Jon B. Crawford, 
CO-PRODUCER

Jon made his first feature documentary, Pink Houses, while still an undergraduate at Hendrix College. The film went on to win the STONEWALL SOCIETY PRIDE IN ARTS Award in 2005. After graduating from Hendrix, he shot news at the local NBC affiliate while simultaneously making a documentary for the National Homeless Coalition. He then attended the San Francisco Art Institute before deciding to leave school to work professionally. While working in production and advertising, Jon interned at the highly respected Film Arts and worked for the Academy Award-winning team of Fawn Yacker and Dee Moshbacher. He is currently pursuing his MFA at UCLA’s graduate film program. He recently returned to Arkansas to make his latest short film, Foot Soldier. While in Arkansas, he also directed Leveling the Playing Field, a short documentary for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Foot Soldier is finishing its successful festivalseason, having won multiple awards and having been accepted to various Academy qualifying festivals. Jons’s first-year film at UCLA, Tell Me A Memory, received the CARL DAVID MEMORIAL Award and has premiered on the east coast at the Boston LGBT Film Festival and on the west coast at Frameline. He has received the WASSERMAN PRODUCTION FELLOWSHIP as well as a the prestigious FOUR SISTERS SCHOLARSHIP.These distinctions helped to gain the attention of John Scagliotti, who labeled him an “emerging LGBT filmmaker to watch.” Jon’s feature screenplay, Hard Rabbit, is currently moving into development with hopes to shoot in 2013. His writing has received positive feedback from industry professionals, and his second feature script, Dog Meet Goose, is also gaining attention for its dark southern tone. In addition, he has also worked on numerous short films as an Assistant Director or Producer. Heserved as the First A.D. on The Miller Brothers successful short, Pillow. Jon coproduced Range Junkies, a short by Lucas Mireles, and Associate Produced Acting Like Adults, the co-directed debut feature by Kyle Laursen and Eric Martin, both due to open in festivals in 2012.

 

 

Andrew Grey Johnson, CO-PRODUCER

Andrew Grey was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has since lived up and down the west coast, throughout the south, and currently calls Austin, TX home. While getting started in film production he experimented in a number of departments, but quickly found his true calling in production finance. In the seven years since, he has worked on a multitude of independent features, and most recently with director Terrence Malick on To The Wonder, Knight of Cups, Project V, & Voyage of Time. Andrew’s other credits include Jeff Nichols’ Mud (2012 Cannes Official Selection), Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s Easier With Practice (2009 CineVegas IFF Grand Jury Award winner), & Amy Wendel’s All She Can (2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee). He has two adorable cats and is planning on getting married to his fiancé, John Skyler Wagner, next fall in Washington state.


 

 

Dwight Chalmers,  SOUND DESIGNER

Dwight is a sound designer with credits in music, documentaries, film, TV shows, and video games. Some of the narrative work on his reel includes: Pillow, Ballerina, The Orderly, Spanola Pepper Sauce Company, and Seven Souls. Dwight worked on two features in 2011, Jeff Nichols’ Mud and a West Memphis Three documentary Executive Produced by Peter Jackson. In 2012, Dwight was a sound editor for the American version of Toys in the Attic and worked beside Terrence Malick on Voyage of Time. He owns one of the largest self-recorded collection of authentic Southern sounds.

 


Les Galusha,  
CO-EDITOR / VISUAL FX

After graduating from Hendrix College with a Biomedical Visualization degree with an emphasis in computer arts, Les continued his education at the Film and Photography School in Rockport, Maine, where he understudied as an editor. Afterwards, he was hired as an animator and Senior Editor for Jones Productions where he has worked for over fifteen years. He has built a strong reputation in editing and visual effects, where he has led the postproduction process and contributed to numerous award-winning productions across the country, including Pillow, Antiquities, The Orderly, and Seven Souls. Les is also a traditional artist who has placed work in many collections across the country. Utilizing his background in editing and visual effects along with his lifelong experience in traditional art, Les brings a unique style to the post-production world.

 

 Mitchell Crisp, PRODUCTION DESIGNER 


Mitchell has multiple Feature Films, short films, TV series, and TV commercials to her name, and has 18 years of experience in all roles in Art Department, as well as fine art, commercial illustration and print styling. Her paintings have shown nationally, in galleries in the Bay Area, New York City, and Little Rock, and hang in international private collections. Mitchell landed her first art department job in 1992, while  making a living as a graphic novelist, painter, and storyboard artist in the Bay Area. She started her career in Television in 1998, working 4 seasons as Art Department Coordinator as well as designing script-specific works for the NBC television show, Law and Order. She continued to periodically freelance as a set dresser for the show for 6 more seasons, after moving to Little Rock in 2002. Based in Little Rock for the last 10 years, Mitchell has Art Directed hundreds of Commercials, Production Designed over a dozen short films and television show sets, as well as the award winning documentary, “The Arkansas Rockefeller” in 2004. Her Feature Film Art Department credits include “Come Early Morning”, “The Last Ride”, and “Mud”. She currently hosts home design segments for P. Allen Smith’s e-how network, as well as being a guest designer on his nationally syndicated television show “P. Allen Smith Garden Home”. 

 

 

Dave Calhoun, UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER

Dave has worked in film and video production for14 years.  He has worked in Arkansas and across the US and world. Dave works with the most used camera formats and lighting technologies. All sizes of production big and small. Dave is experienced, flexible and responsive to the ever changing environment of a film set.  As owner of Southern Light Pictures, Inc., a commercial production company,  Dave has managed gear, crew and all logistics involved in a set. In addition to that he runs Film Gear Rentals, a lighting and camera rental company in Little Rock. Dave’s film experience spans the gamut of larger sets to smaller sets in the narrative filmmaking world. He can function and help streamline any film set, large or small. He has contacts to all of the best crew and gear in the state and the region.  

 

 

David Fowlkes, LOCATION MANAGER

David is broadcast professional with a decade-long career in television and film production. His work includes commercials, industrials, feature films and shorts. Originally from Conway, he has traveled and lived throughout the southern United States and Europe before making North Little Rock his home for the past 10 years. As a Producer, Fowlkes got his start in 2007 working as Production Manager on the critically acclaimed feature film “War Eagle Arkansas”. Shortly afterward, he formed Dogtown Picture Show and began producing local, regional and national commercials for many of the area’s leading advertising agencies. Additionally, Fowlkes began working with other production companies from coast to coast, assisting with their productions in Arkansas. As a Location Scout and Manager, Fowlkes worked as Assistant Location Manager on the Feature film “MUD” directed by Jeff Nichols completed in 2011. He has also worked with numerous advertising agencies to connect their visions to the screen such as Anonymous Content, Brothers and Company, and Stone Ward.

 



 

 

  

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