Michael R. Miller has had a dream career in film editing. After graduating from Cornell University, he landed the plum job of assistant editor on Woody Allen's Manhattan. He worked in the same capacity on Mr. Allen's Stardust Memories and on Martin Scorcese's Raging Bull.
Subsequently Mr. Miller became a sound editor on Joel and Ethan Coen's Blood Simple, and went on to collaborate with "the boys" as picture editor of Raising Arizona and Miller’s Crossing. His many other cutting credits include Terry Zwygoff’s Ghost World, Herbert Ross' Boys on the Side, Thomas Carter’s Swing Kids, Rocky Morton and Annablel Jankel's D.O.A., Keenan Wayans' I’m Gonna Git U, Sucka, Paul Dinello's Strangers With Candy, Michael Bay's Armageddon, Rupert Wainwright's Stigmata and Anthony Hopkins' Slipstream. He also edited Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear, which premiered at Sundance 2014, and will be released later this year by Sony Classics Pictures. Mr. Miller has also directed numerous music videos. He currently enjoys teaching at the Filmmaking Department at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Patrick Read Johnson was born on May 7, 1962, and, again, on May 7, 1968, while watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Subsequent events, dramatized in his upcoming film, 5-25-77, propelled the teen from Wadsworth, Illinois to Hollywood, at the moment an as yet unheardof film called Star Wars was in post-production. His early viewing of Lucas' epic, and a chance meeting with Steven Spielberg, on the set Close Encounters of the Third Kind, convinced Johnson it was time to move. A year later, he sold his first screenplay to 20th Century Fox and lived the dual life of Screenwriter/VFX artist, until 1988, when he co-wrote and directed the independent sci-fi comedy, Martians!!! Upon seeing it, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy convinced Touchstone Pictures to release the work, which it did, in 1990 as Spaced Invaders. Budgeted at 1.75 million, the film grossed over 16 million, domestically, with a hugely successful video and cable run thereafter.
Johnson has since developed over 30 feature projects for various companies, including Universal, Warner Bros, Sony, and The Jim Henson Company, and has directed a number of feature and television projects, including: Baby's Day Out, Angus, and When Good Ghouls Go Bad. He also teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, and served as a Senior Thesis Mentor for the American Film Institute.