I don’t know how else to describe these twin brothers. They’re independent filmmakers, actors, and authors of Either You’re In or You’re In the Way: Two Brothers, Twelve Months, and One Filmmaking Hell-Ride to Keep a Promise to Their Father, which chronicles their efforts to make their cinematic tribute, Touching Home.
The Millers have a love for their late dad, who died homeless and an alcoholic, that is rare and sweet and way too tolerant. They begged, cajoled, fibbed, and maxxed out their fistful of credit cards to get the job done. Along the way they recruited some top-notch personnel, including actors Ed Harris (who played their father), Brad Dourif, Robert Foster, and Lee Meriwether. The brothers made their own acting debuts here, and if the trailer is any indication, they held their own with the seasoned pros who sport numerous Oscar nominations between them.
Here are a few clips, including the trailer
And a couple of video interviews
Touching Home, a popular entry on the film festival circuit, makes its general release at the end of the month. In a sense, perhaps it’s best not to read the book beforehand, lest the entertaining and fast-paced (if at times repetitive) back story get in the way enjoying the movie experience. I always like to go to such books after I’ve seen the actual product. Suffice it to say, Either You’re In is as advertised: a hell-ride for the Miller brothers that they can now look back on with high degrees of humor for the reader and satisfaction for themselves for fulfilling their pledge.
The Millers were kind enough to spend a few minutes talking with The Bookshelf.
Hear it here: