AMPAS ’16: Rebecca Miller

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!


Rebecca Augusta Miller is an American screenwriter, film director, and novelist, known for her films Angela, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, The Ballad of Jack and Rose,The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Maggie’s Plan. Miller is the daughter of Magnum photographer Inge Morath and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller.

After graduating from Yale University in 1985, she moved to New York City and studied film at The New York School. In 1988, Miller was cast as Anya in an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and continued her acting career with high-profile directors like Alan Pakula, Mike Nichols and Paul Mazursky.

Miller wrote and directed her first film, Angela, in 1995 which won numerous awards, including the Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker Trophy from her peers. She wrote Personal Velocity, which was awarded Washington Post Best Book of 2001. Miller followed up with a film version of her book, which was awarded the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

She went on to make Proof (an adaptation of David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play) and The Ballad of Jack and Rose. In 2009, she made her fourth film, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and followed up with a “neo-screwball comedy,” Maggie’s Plan.

Excerpt of FF2 Media review of Maggie’s Plan from May 17, 2016:

“Maggie” (Greta Gerwig) has a plan: for herself and for everyone else around her. She’s single, living in New York City, with a steady job, and loyal friends. What she doesn’t have is a partner. And what she wants is a baby. So Maggie decides to have a child on her own. But when she begins to connect with a married man, love and life take their twists and turns, as Maggie tries desperately to plan for fate.

Written and directed by Rebecca Miller, Maggie’s Plan hits all the right notes, grounded in real emotion while hitting all of its comedic beats. (JEP: 4/5)

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Tags: AMPAS, Arthur Miller, Female Directors, Greta Gerwig, Maggie's Plan, Make Oscar Gold, Rebecca Miller, Stop Blue Oscar, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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