MIKE MILLS works as a filmmaker, graphic designer, and artist. As a filmmaker,
completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries and
films. His short films have premiered at the Sundance, Oberhausen, Stockholm
International, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam film festivals.
He adapted and directed his first feature, Thumbsucker (2005), from Walter
of the same name. The movie won awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals
lead actor Lou Taylor Pucci, and Mr. Mills was honored with the Guardian New
Directors award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His next feature
was the documentary Does Your Soul Have a Cold? (2007).
In 1996, he and Roman Coppola co-founded The Directors Bureau (TDB), a
multidisciplinary production company through which he has directed music videos
such bands as Air, Pulp, Everything but the Girl, Les Rythmes Digitales, Moby,
Ono, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; and commercials for such clients as
Gap, Volkswagen, Adidas and Nike as part of their international campaigns.
As a graphic artist, Mr. Mills has designed album covers for such bands as Sonic
The Beastie Boys, Boss Hog, and Buffalo Daughter; and has also done extensive
companies such as X-girl, Marc Jacobs, and Supreme. He has had solo art shows at
Andrea Rosen Gallery (1996); Adam Bray Gallery in London (1997); The Alleged
Gallery (1996, 2001, and 2004); The Collette Gallery (1998); and The Mu Museum
His work was featured in the "Beautiful Losersâ€ť exhibitions at the Contemporary
Center in Cincinnati and at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco, as
well as in
Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's documentary feature Beautiful Losers (2008). A
monograph of his work, Mike Mills: Graphics Films, was published by Damiani in
Mr. Mills was born in Berkeley, California and graduated from Cooper Union.
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