Keith Miller

 

 

 

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study

 

1 Washington Place, Rm. 613

 

New York, NY 10003

 

km96@nyu.edu

 

 

 

      

 

EDUCATION 

 

 

 

MFA, concentration on painting. Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY

2001

Full tuition scholarship                    

 

Graduate Certificate in Art and Philosophy. Stony Brook University;

 

Stony Brook, NY

 

BFA. State University of New York (SUNY), College at Purchase; Purchase, NY

1998

 

 

  

 

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

 

 

 

Guggenheim Fellowship. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

2015

Jerome Foundation Film Grant for ABOUT A MOUNTAIN (Producer)

 

Award for Excellence in Teaching. Gallatin School, NYU

2015

Cinereach Production Grant for ABOUT A MOUNTAIN (Producer)

 

Best Editing for a Narrative Feature. Tribeca Film Festival for FIVE STAR

 

Cinereach Development Grant for ABOUT A MOUNTAIN (Producer)  

2013

Rooftop Films Equipment Grant for FIVE STAR 

 

Jerome Foundation Film Grant for FIVE STAR

 

Grand Jury Prize. Slamdance Film Festival for WELCOME TO PINE HILL

2012

Grand Jury Prize. Atlanta Film Festival for WELCOME TO PINE HILL

 

Special Jury Prize for Performance. Sarasota Film Festival

for WELCOME TO PINE HILL

 

Special Jury Prize: Honorable Mention. Nashville Film Festival

for WELCOME TO PINE HILL

 

FIPRESCI Prize for New American Film. Seattle International Film Festival

for WELCOME TO PINE HILL

 

IFP Narrative Lab Fellow for WELCOME TO PINE HILL

2011

Artist-in-Residence. Elizabeth Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy             

2008

Artist-in-Residence. Anderson Arts Center, Red Wing, MN                     

2004

Artist-in-Residence. St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT                     

2003

Artist-in-Residence. New York Mills Regional Culture Center, New York Mills, MN

2001

Artist-in-Residence. I-Park, East Haddam, CT                                         

 

Full tuition scholarship. Stony Brook University                                    

1998

   

FILMS (selected)

 

 

 

Narrative Feature Films

 

 

 

FIVE STAR. Writer, Director, Editor  

2014

Distributed by Xlrator, Sundance International

 

WELCOME TO PINE HILL. Writer, Director, Editor                                 

2012

Distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, Sundance International

 

ABOUT A MOUNTAIN. [In production] Producer

 

THE TRANSLATOR. Writer, Director[In development]                           

 

 

 

Short Films

 

PRINCE/WILLIAM. Writer, Director, Editor.                                           

2010

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY. Director, Editor.                                             

2011

 

 

Documentary

 

HOW TO SEE THE WORLD. [In Development] Director, Producer.         

2016-Present

In Collaboration with Nicholas Mirzoeff, based on his book, How To See The World.

 

THIS IS NOT A HOME. Director, Editor, Cinematographer.                   

2011

 

 

Episodic Format                             

 

BROOKLYNIFICATION. Director, Co-Creator, Writer, Editor (with Jason Pollard). Commissioned by BRIC TV

2016- Present

GUS DOESNT DIE. [In development]

 

 

 

 

 

FILM FESTIVALS (selected)              

 

 

 

FIVE STAR. Written, Directed, Edited by Keith Miller  

2014

Venice Film Festival (Biennale di Venezia 2014)                                   

 

Tribeca Film Festival. Best Narrative Editing Prize Winner                      

 

Festival do Rio. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                                                   

 

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival  

 

Bend Film Festival. Best Performance to Primo Grant                            

 

Tallgrass Film Festival. Award to New Talent to John Diaz                    

 

American Film Festival. Wroclaw, Poland                                             

 

Thessaloniki Film Festival               

 

Stockholm Film Festival                  

 

Cairo International Film Festival      

 

Seattle International Film Festival     

 

 

 

WELCOME TO PINE HILL. Written, Directed, Edited by Keith Miller      

2012

Slamdance. Grand Jury Prize Winner                                                    

 

Atlanta Film Festival. Grand Jury Prize Winner                                      

 

Sarasota Film Festival. Special Jury Prize for Performance                       

 

Nashville Film Festival. Special Jury Prize: Honorable Mention               

 

Independent Film Festival Boston    

 

Seattle International Film Festival. FIPRESCI Jury Prize for New American Film

 

BAM Cinemafest                             

 

Rooftop Films                                 

 

New Orleans Film Festival               

 

Filmfest München                           

 

Warsaw Film Festival                      

 

 

 

 

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

*Unless otherwise noted these shows are at the Gallatin Galleries, NYU or the SAC Gallery, Stony Brook University.  

 

 

Thematic Shows

 

 

 

Heroes, Triumphs, & Victories: Sheila Pree Bright. The Gallatin Galleries

2017

So Many Enemies. The Gallatin Galleries                                              

2016

New York I Love You, But… The Gallatin Galleries

2015

Lost To History (with Lauren Walsh). The Gallatin Galleries

2014

Sofia Szamosi: Eat me. Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY                    

Another Green World. The Gallatin Galleries

These Are The Good Times. The Gallatin Galleries

2012

CPT: Time, History and Memory. The Gallatin Galleries

This Is What Democracy Looks Like. The Gallatin Galleries

2011

Haiti In The Collective Imagination. The Gallatin Galleries

 

Disposable: Ciudad Juarez and the War on Women. The Hat Gallery, Valencia Spain

2010

Art For Haiti NYC. Benefit for MSF

Disposable: Ciudad Juarez and the War on Women. The Gallatin Galleries

 

Finding Work: Labor in contemporary art. The Gallatin Galleries           

2009

Moving Money: Art, Capital and the Dematerialization of Value. The Gallatin Galleries

 

Phurba Namgay: Buddhist Painting from Bhutan. The Gallatin Galleries

 

Moving Money: Art, Capital and the Dematerialization of Value. SAC Gallery            

2008

Picturing America. SAC Gallery

 

Phurba Namgay: Buddhist Painting from Bhutan. SAC Gallery

 

450 WOMEN HAVE BEEN MURDERED IN CIUDAD JUAREZ. SAC Gallery

2007

Reparations. SAC Gallery

 

If It Ain’t Broke (with Brookie Maxwell). Gallery 138, New York, NY     

 

Watch This: When Art and TV Collide. SAC Gallery                             

2006

Nzingah Muhammad. SAC Gallery

 

Revisioning Nature. SAC Gallery     

2005

This Dream, America. Art League of Long Island; Dix Hills, NY            

 

Say it LOUD! Nikki S. Lee & Iona Rozeal Brown. SAC Gallery

 

Leonda Finke: 40 Years, SAC Gallery

 

Marriage (with Tara Burk). SAC Gallery                                                 

2004

Cinco: Five Latin American Women. SAC Gallery

 

Drawing Conclusions. Islip Museum of Art; Islip, NY

 

Transitional spaces. SAC Gallery

 

This is for Real: War and the Contemporary Audience (with L. Alex Couri). SAC Gallery

 

Brett Cook Dizney: Blackness. SAC Gallery

 

Face to Face: 200 Years of Figurative Art On Long Island.

Long Island Museum; Stony Brook, NY

 

Hijos de ’73. SAC Gallery               

2003

Threadbare: Subversive Aesthetics (with Tara Burk). SAC Gallery             

 

[Blank]: In pursuit of an American History (with Stephanie Dinkins) SAC Gallery

 

Noun/Verb. Hillwood Museum, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

 

Before and After. SAC Gallery

2002

The Objective Landscape. Gallery North; Setauket. NY

 

The Other Self. Gallery North, Setauket, NY                                          

2001

 

 

Student and Faculty Shows

 

 

 

Gallatin Arts Festival. The Gallatin Galleries

2008- Present

All You Can Be: Explorations of the Self and Its Mutations. The Gallatin Galleries

2014

Gallatin Faculty Show. The Gallatin Galleries

2013-14

We Survived Our Youth. The Gallatin Galleries

2011-12

Where I Am Now. The Gallatin Galleries

2011

Long Island College Art Competition. SAC Gallery

2005-2008

 

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS                         

 

 

 

Paintings. Open Source Gallery; Brooklyn, NY

2013

Paintings. Trinity Gallery Atlanta, GA

2006

Fights and Dances. Great Neck Arts Center; Great Neck, NY

2004

Trees and Landscapes. Object Image Gallery; Brooklyn, NY

2003

Small Paintings. Spoke the Hub Cultural Center; Brooklyn, NY

2002

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center; NY Mills, Minnesota

 

Confessions. Melville Gallery; Stony Brook, NY

2000

Paintings. Melville Gallery; Stony Brook, NY

 

Hurricane Mitch Photo Project. Union Gallery; Stony Brook, NY

1999

Galleria Frida Kahlo; Mexico, D.F.

1998

Galleria Biblioteca Universidad Iberoamericana; Puebla, Mexico

 

Casa de la Cultura; Cholula, Mexico

1996

Galleria La Obra; Puebla, Mexico

 

Casa de la Cultura; Puebla, Mexico

1995

 

 

      

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS                      

 

 

 

Faculty Show. Gallatin NYU           

2013-14

Case study. Terminus 2000, Atlanta, GA                    

2012

Chace Randall Gallery, Andes, NY   

2011

Marie L. Matthews Gallery, Princeton, NJ                                              

 

Trees. Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY                          

2009

Faculty show. Hillwood Museum, C.W. Post; Brookville, NY                 

2006

Melbourne vs. New York. Kaleide Theater; Melbourne, Australia            

2005

Faculty Show. Hillwood Museum, C.W. Post; Brookville, NY                 

2004

Anderson Center; Red Wing, MN     

 

Object Image Gallery; Brooklyn, NY 

2003

Faculty Show. Hillwood Museum, C.W. Post; Brookville, NY                 

 

Gallery North; Setauket, NY              

 

Faculty Show. Hillwood Museum, C.W. Post; Brookville, NY                 

2002

MFA Thesis Show. Staller Center for the Arts; Stony Brook, NY               

2001

The Other Self. Curator, Gallery North; Setauket, NY                              

 

CAA Annual MFA Show. Hunter College; New York, NY                       

1999

MFA Group Show. Melville Gallery; Stony Brook, NY                            

1998

Galleria Kin; Mexico, D.F.                

1997

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

 

 

Curator. The Gallatin Galleries, The Gallatin School for Individualized Study; New York, NY

2008-Present

Part Time Professor. Gallatin School for Individualized Study; New York, NY             

2006-Present

Adjunct Lecturer. Marymount Manhattan College; New York, NY          

2008- 2013

Adjunct Lecturer. New School University; New York, NY                      

2004-2006

Adjunct Instructor. Long Island University, C.W. Post; Brookville, NY   

2001- 2008

Interim Director and Curator. SAC Gallery Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY

2002-2009

Instructor. Columbia University Summer High School Program; NYC    

2002

Independent Curator. Museum of Long Island; Stony Brook, NY

 

Instructor. Spoke the Hub Cultural Center; Brooklyn, NY

 

Adjunct Lecturer. SUNY College at Purchase; Purchase, NY                  

2001

Adjunct Instructor. Suffolk County Community College; Selden, NY     

2000 – 2001

Adjunct Instructor. Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY

 

Instructor. Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY                              

1999

 

 

      

 

COMMITTEES AND SERVICE

 

 

 

Visual Arts Advisor, The Gallatin Arts Festival                                       

2009-Present

Civic Engagement Committee, Urban Democracy Lab                          

2016- Present

Interdisciplinary Arts Program Committee

 

Black History Month Committee

 

Events Planning Committee

2013 - Present

 

 

 

 

STUDIO COURSES TAUGHT           

 

 

 

The Gallatin School for Individualized Study

 

Write! Shoot! Edit!  Filmmaking Intensive Workshop. 

2015- Present

First Person, Present Tense: Video Production.           

2011-2015

Tutorial: Making the Short Film       

2014-Present

Tutorial: Curating                           

2010

Theory to Practice. Studio Art Workshop.                  

2009 – 2011

 

 

Other

 

Renaissance Studio. Oil Painting Workshop.                                        

2006

New School University; New York, NY

 

Direct Painting in Oil. Oil Painting Workshop.

 

New School University; New York, NY

 

Figure Drawing. Spoke the Hub Cultural Center; Brooklyn, NY             

2001-2004

Introduction to Drawing. Suffolk County Community College; Selden, NY

2001

Foundation Drawing. Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY             

2000

Intro to Sculpture (T.A.). Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY         

1999

Foundation Painting. Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER COURSES TAUGHT             

 

 

 

Thinking About Seeing (IDSEM).     

2006- Present

Visual Art Seminar: NYC Art Galleries and Museums                             

2010- 2013

Contemporary Art /Art Since 1945.  

2009- 2014

Critical Approaches to Photography  (IDSEM).                                      

2006-2009

Renaissance to Modern Art.             

2005

Realism and Contemporary Art.       

2004

Modern Art (1850-1970).               

2002- 2009

Introduction to the Arts.                  

2002- 2009

History of Visual Communication.

 

Critical Reading and Study Skills.    

2002

Media, Society and the Arts.            

2001

Visual/Social Analysis: Video Documentary.

 

Introduction to the Western Humanities/Art Section.  

2000

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS                                 

 

 

 

Who am I to tell this story: On race and the making of Welcome to Pine Hill in The Huffington Post 

2012

Moving Money: Art, Capital and the Dematerialization of Value. Catalog Essay

2009

No More Is Known: Anonymity and the Murders of Women in Ciudad Juarez

2007

Artslant.com; Reviews and Interviews

 

Me, Myself and Mao: Myth and the Paintings of Yin Zhaoyang; Catalog Essay

 

Dust and Silence: Ji Hyun Seo: Catalog Essay                                       

 

This Dream, America, Catalogue essay                                                  

2005

Marriage, Catalog essay (with Tara Burk)                                                

2004

This is for Real: War and the Contemporary Audience, Catalog essay     

 

Noun/Verb, Catalog essay 

2003

Face to Face: 200 Years of Figurative Art on Long Island, Catalog essay

 

Art Papers: Narrative Dress: Shirin Neshat and Legally Blonde               

2002

The Objective Landscape (web catalog)

 

Art Papers Review of several art exhibits                     

2001

Art Criticism: Journalistic criticism: Popular entertainment or Populist critique?

 

Replica21: Postal desde Nueva York (In Spanish)                                   

 

The Other Self (web catalog)            

 

Art Papers Review of several art exhibits                                                

1999

Artvance: Martín Ramirez (In Spanish); Review of several art exhibits      

 

The Statesman Review of several exhibition and cultural events              

 

Art/Text: Ridiculum Vitae                 

1998

Art Papers Review of several art exhibits                                                 

 

El Síntesis Weekly column on culture and the Arts. Puebla, Mexico.  (In Spanish) 

 

La Jornada de Oriente Weekly column on culture and the Arts. Puebla, Mexico.  (In Spanish)

1997

      

 

  

 

SELECTED CONFERENCES and TALKS                                                 

 

 

 

In conversation with Sheila Pree Bright, International Center of Photography

2017

Making Media Matter: Strategies and Tactics for a New Era. Organizer   

2016

#Occupytheory. with Nick Mirzoeff, Stephen Duncombe and Saadia Toor

2011

Symposium of Curatorial interventions. Organized by Lisette Olivares   

 

Canary in a coalmine: The war on Women in Ciudad Juarez and the new Drug War  

2010

The Murders of Women in Ciudad Juarez, With Coco Fusco. SAC Gallery

2007

Keith Miller, Paintings. Heckscher Museum of Art; Hicksville, NY

 

Reparations. SAC Gallery                

 

Marriage. SAC Gallery                     

2004

Is this for Real?: Today’s War, with Nicholas Mirzoeff. SAC Gallery       

 

On being and acting: Noun/Verb. Hillwood Art Museum                     

2003

The Objective Landscape: A History. Gallery North                               

2002

Realism: Gustave Courbet to Jerry Springer.                                           

2000

Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference

 

The Hurricane Mitch Photo Project; SAC Gallery                                   

1999

Kitsch and the Body: Plastic Surgery and Body Manipulation.

 

Graduate Student Conference. Stony Brook University                            

 

A brief history of the Still Life (In Spanish). Iberoamericana Universidad, Puebla, Mexico

1996

 

 

 

 

PRESS (selected)

 

 

 

For FIVE STAR                                

2014-2015

 

 

The New York Times. ‘Five Star’ Casts a Cool Eye on Gang Culture       

 

NYT Critics’ Pick. “Slow and steady, and with remarkable assuredness, Keith Miller’s “Five Star” plays mean-streets drama in the lowest of keys.” -Janette Catsoulis

 

Variety. Review “…powerfully affecting urban drama that tells a familiar story [...] with such unusual authenticity and dramatic force that it’s as if we’re seeing it for the first time…” -Scott Foundas

 

Indiewire. You’ve Never Seen a Gang Movie Like the Startlingly Realistic ‘Five Star’

 

Criticwire Grade: A-. “Like John Cassavetes directing an episode of ‘The Wire’…” -Eric Kohn

 

Village Voice. Review “…a dizzying tour-de-force…”

 

Shadow and Act. ‘Five Star’ Is A Refreshing Take On A Setting & Characters Too Often Sensationalized. “…a compelling portrait, and a refreshing take on a setting and characters too often sensationalized.” –Zeba Blay

 

Criterion Cast. Review. “Five Star is quite a superb sophomore effort from a truly talented young voice in independent American cinema….Aesthetically, the film is in many ways a triumph…”

 

Smells Like Screen Spirit. Review. “…a remarkably insightful film… a mesmerizing experience.”

 

Stagebuddy. Review. “Miller’s scenes are so well-written and acted […] refreshing.”

 

Punch Drunk Critics. Review. “…an understated and deeply satisfying urban drama that raises the bar for the entire genre….”

 

 

 

INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC

 

Sway In the Morning

 

WPIX Channel 11 New York

 

BK Live, BRIC TV

 

The Source. “Films like “Five Star” are rare. […] It does what only art can, and that is it makes us feel, and it makes us understand. […] This is a film not to be missed.”

 

Filmmaker Magazine: Five questions with Five Star Director Keith Miller

 

Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t “…a nuanced portrait of two men […] an intimate contemplation of manhood in the modern urban environment.”

 

Rooftop Films. “…raises important questions of race and class through the deeply personal stories of his characters.”

 

 

 

For WELCOME TO PINE HILL         

2012-2013

 

 

The New York Times. Finding a Space, and Yourself “Thoughtful and adventurous… arrives at a powerful and resonant meaning.” - A.O. Scott

 

The Hollywood Reporter “..uniquely intimate… a breath of fresh air…”

 

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC

 

CriterionCast. “It’s a beautifully crafted, and touchingly melancholy drama that is one that should not be missed.”

 

New York Daily News. Review “Something special.”

 

TimeOutNY. Review

 

The Brooklyn Rail . From Brooklyn to Park City: Keith Miller’s Welcome to Pine Hill

 

KPCC’s Film Week with Henry Sheehan.“You don’t get masterpieces, especially from a first time director, but this movie…if I were to do my ten best of the year, this would be my number one.”

 

Hammer to Nail “… small moments become weighted with a rarely felt power and intensity…”

 

TimeOutNY “..moody and mesmerizing… deeply human…”

 

Badass Digest “Atmospheric and Enlightening”

 

 

 

INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

PBS thirteen.org

 

Turnstyle News

 

Moveable Feast

 

Filmmaker Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

 

 

 

Instructor. Spoke the Hub Cultural Center; Brooklyn, NY

 

Sculpture Technician. Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY

 

Contributor. Replica21 (In Spanish); Mexico City, D.F.

 

Contributor. Artvance (In Spanish); Mexico City, D.F.

1998

Contributor. Art Papers; Atlanta, GA

1997-2002

Weekly columnist. La Jornada de Oriente (In Spanish); Puebla, Mexico 

1996-1998

Weekly columnist. Síntesis (In Spanish); Puebla, Mexico                       

1996-1998