- Christel Miller
name = Christel Miller
birth_date = 1984
birth_place = Torrance, California
occupation = Film maker
Christel Miller is a
filmmakerbased in Los Angeles, California. She has been featured in "OutSmart" magazinecite journal |title="12 Worth Watching"|author=Tim Brookover, Leslie Claire, Sarah L. Crowder, and Joyce Gabiola |url=http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/cms-this_issue/200501--12+Worth+Watching.html |year=2005 |month=January |work= OutSmart Magazine|publisher=Up & Out Communications |location=Houston] and "Glamour" magazinecite web |url=http://www.rice.edu/sallyport/2004/winter2/students/glamourgirl.html |title=Glamour Girl |date=Winter, 2004 |accessdate=2007-06-01 |first=Dana |last=Benson |work=Sallyport] as one of the top queerwomen to look out for.
Born in 1984 and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Miller was somewhat sheltered from all of the glamour and trendiness of the film industry.Fact|date=June 2007 Ironically, it was this industry that lured her back to LA after college at
Rice Universityin Texas. An aptitude for the sciences led Miller to attend the California Academy of Math and Science, through California State University, Domiguez Hills, specializing in mathematics and science, but despite her abilities in these subjects, she had an unrelenting passion for filmmaking. Recognizing that film is one of the most effective and influential forms of expression, she wanted to be a part of that industry.Fact|date=June 2007
African American lesbian, she strives to give a voice to minority communities. She grew up surrounded by negative, stereotyped, or "tokenized" portrayals of minorities. Although films like " Maria Full of Grace" and " Kissing Jessica Stein" have brought with them societal progress, Miller feels minorities of all kinds - ethnic, cultural, religious, or non-heterosexual minorities – are still being exoticized. Miller hopes to contribute to the increasing number of films available to the public, which accurately represent minorities in a positive light, and believes she can only make that happen as a producer, but soon she realized that allowing her passion to shine through her projects would become her first priority.Fact|date=June 2007
Miller majored in
Visual Art, Psychology, and Women's Studiesat Rice University. While studying there, she made multiple short films and interned at the Houston Film Commissionto get her first insider's look into the industry. As an undergraduate student, she attended the Hollywood Film School's Seminar: How to Make Films from A-Z and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' seminar: "Television's Challenges in Black, White, and Multicolor". After graduating from college, Miller moved back to Los Angeles to get her MFA in Producing at the UCLA Film School. While at UCLA, Miller interned at a variety of film companies, including MTV Filmsand HBO Films, and completed a short that premiered at Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. But it was during a summer internship at Showtime Networksthat she realized her love for television.Fact|date=June 2007 While at Showtime, Miller shadowed Original Programming Executives Gary Levineand Pearlena Igbokwe, tracked series development, visited sets, and sat in on all staff and development meetings. Her experience at Showtime inspired Miller to expand her focus to include both film and television. She is dedicated to working on character-driven stories in both independent film and television projects, and aspires to be a Network Television Development Executive.Fact|date=June 2007 Currently she is working at Sony Pictures TVand will be attending Amsterdam Sexuality Study Conference in July 2007.
" ("a film that helped me come out"). Miller met Babbit when the director visited Rice. "I enjoy her style of filmmaking and the political message behind it—plus the entertainment value."
* 2005 Miller, C., "The Gay Gaze: Both Eyes on the Gay Genre", Women's Studies Capstone Thesis, Rice University
* 2004 to 2005:
Lynne Huffer, Ph.D., Women and Gender StudiesDepartment, Rice University, "Gays & Lesbians in Peru"
* 2003 to 2005:
Mikki Hebl, Ph.D., Psychology Department, Rice University, "Effectiveness of GLBT Diversity Training at Rice" & "Effectiveness of Film on Diversity Training at Rice"
* 2003 Miller, C. et al. "The Essential Dimensions of Traffic and Road Signs: An Evaluation of Sign Shape and Color." Rice University
* 2002 Hetrick, G., Miller, C. S., and Beckingham, K. "Role of the antennae in gravity sensing by Drosophila melanogaster." Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin, 16 (2002):
Dr. Kate Beckingham, Molecular and Cell Biology Department, Rice University Research Topic: Role of the Antennae in Gravity Sensing Drosophila melanangaster
Wael A. Salameh, M.D., Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Research and Education Institute Research Topic: Localization and Confirmation of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 betain the Mouse Testesby Immunohistochemistry
Christel's film "BUTCHLALEZ" was featured in the following film festivals:
Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival,
Seattle Black Gay Film Festival,
Reel AffirmationsLGBT film festival,
* Fusion, the Los Angeles GLBT of Color Film Festival.
Her first notable film, "Wandering Thoughts" was in multiple GLBT Film festivals:
Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, 2003
Seattle GLBT Film Festival, 2003
* Rice University, 2003
Pomona Film Festival, 2002
Directors View International Film Festival, 2002
She also had the following three films featured in the
UCLA film festivalin 2006:
A young Cuban orphan struggles between escaping the hardships of his country by fleeing to the US or staying in
Havanain order to learn more about the family he never knew.
* UNTITLED COMING OF AGE DRAMA (coming-of-age)
An underachieving college dropout who has always relied on his trust fund moves to L.A., aspiring to be an actor, and ends up reconciling with his estranged father who is, to his surprise -- black.
* "DOGMAN" (drama)
A man returns to small town California to reconcile with the guilt of a son he is accused of murdering.
Christel appears in
Jamie Babbit's " Itty Bitty Titty Committee" released in 2007. imdb title|0496328|Itty Bitty Titty Committee]
* cite web|url=http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=2868&SnID=2
title= Christel receives scholarship to attend Rice University
publisher=Rice University News and Media
* cite web|url=http://alumni.rice.edu/gala/index.html
title= Rice University Sallyport Spotlights LGBT Alumni
publisher=Rice University News and Media
* cite web|url=http://www.rice.edu/sallyport/2004/winter2/students/glamourgirl.html
title= Rice University Sallyport: Christel Miller Featured in Glamour Magazine
publisher=Rice University Sallyport
* cite web|url=http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/cms-this_issue/200501--12+Worth+Watching.html
Out Magazine's Top 12 Worth Watching
* cite web|url=http://www.outfest.org/archives/ad.news15.html
title= Outfest FUSION 2006: THE LOS ANGELES LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS PROGRAM LINE-UP
publisher=Outfest Film Festival
* [http://www.rice.edu/sallyport/2002/summer/sallyport/dollarsforscholars.html Rice TMS Scholarship]
* [http://www.ricetms.org/RICETMS_About_recip.html Rice TMS Scholar Bios]
* [http://www.zami.org/christelmiller.htm Zami Audre Lorde Scholarship]
* [http://www.tft.ucla.edu/Festival2006/index.cfm?action=all_producers&shownav=no UCLA Film Festival 2006]
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