Miranda Bailey Wants to be a Force for Good in the Independent Film Community
This Filmmaker and Entrepreneur Wants to Transform Hollywood.
Multi-hyphenate Miranda Bailey acts, directs, produces and wants to create space for more women to tell their stories.
Producer-actor-director Miranda Bailey wants to be a force for good in the independent film community, helping stories that otherwise might not get told find their way on to the big screen.
Toward that goal, Bailey over the last 15 years has produced 20 films, including The Squid and the Whale, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice. She is also the founder of three business
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It’s 1992, the year Grunge music becomes mainstream hitting middle American teenagers directly in their angst. Phillip longs to leave his small town for music school in The Big Apple. His dreams are dashed when his overbearing father, Frank, played by Jim Gaffigan, forbids it. In retaliation to his father’s dictatorial parenting, he sneaks away for a wild spring break. However, when he crosses state lines he instead finds a charming lake community where he spots his father with another woman. Turns out, his father lives in this town and has an entire other family. With this new heartbreaking information Philip realizes he can wallow in his father’s deceit or take matters into his own hands.
EXCLUSIVE: Hulu is on the verge of pulling off a neat trick: a deal sources place around $2 million for 'The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary'. The Ben Berman-directed film premiered last Friday at The MARC, competing in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
It begins as a documentary about “The Amazing Johnathan,” a uniquely deranged magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s—but becomes a bizarre story about the unravelling of his documentarian.
In its 15th year, festival honors independent films and filmmakers with screenings, parties and awards
GO! interviewed filmmaker Miranda Bailey via email about “You Can Choose Your Family,” her first outing as director of a narrative feature. The comedy film stars Jim Gaffigan as Frank, a family man whose long-running secret — the fact that he has a second family in another city — is on the verge of being exposed.
"You Can Choose Your Family - One of my top three “Must See Festival Films” this year" - Debbie Elias
“Filled with laughter, joy, hijinks, hilarity and heartbreak, Bailey taps into every emotion that makes a family with Gaffigan and Logan Miller’s (who looks like a younger Michael Angarano) Phillip leading the charge.” - Debbie Elias
It’s clear director Miranda Bailey understands family dynamics very well and put in great effort to make them feel genuine rather than idealistic in this film. “You Can Choose Your Family” is an absolute emotional joy that will have you crying one moment and laughing the next.
The messages in You Can Choose Your Family are those that are relatable, and the screenwriter conveys that in such a genuine way. Between the relationships established between father and son, and the bonds that are tested in the film, we get messages to remind us of our own families and our own shortcomings. While the average person can look like they have it all together or that a family looks perfect is far from the truth. This reminds us that everyone has their faults and that no one is perfect.
Jim Gaffigan nails the lovable and despicable dad role
Portraying a believable, at times endearing – but adulterous – dad antihero can’t be easy. So, for her feature-length, narrative directorial debut, Miranda Bailey did the only reasonable thing: She cast beloved dad and comic, Jim Gaffigan.
As women gather to march on Washington D.C. this weekend, there are thousands more joining protest marches across the country. Many members of the creative community are in Park City, Utah for the weekend during the Sundance Film Festival.
Bailey wears a number of hats, including writer, director, actor and producer, as well as running her own production company, Cold Iron Pictures. This weekend, she's back in her hometown for the Vail Film Festival.
It’s a bit of an odd comparison, but bear with me: Miranda Bailey is slowly evolving into the Forrest Gump of the indie film set. No, she doesn’t have the haircut. Or the accent. The love of chocolate… maybe. I don’t know. No, the Gumpian quality this producer has is ubiquity.
The film will make the directorial debut of Miranda Bailey, who worked as a producer on The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Swiss Army Man, and Don’t Think Twice
Jim Gaffigan just landed a starring movie role. According to Variety, Gaffigan has signed on to star in a comedy called You Can Choose Your Family as “the seemingly normal father of a loving family. However, his home life is hilariously turned upside down when his 17-year-old son discovers that his dad has a second family.”
It’s all about awards this week on BEHIND THE LENS as they welcome special guest, producer Miranda Bailey!
You may not know the name MIRANDA BAILEY, but you definitely know the films she has helped shepherd to the big screen – THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, DON’T THINK TWICE, THE SQUID & THE WHALE, SUPER and TIME OUT OF MIND, as well as many others. And now, Miranda is back with SWISS ARMY MAN. Criticallyacclaimed and Spirit Award Nominee for Best First Feature with writers/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, SWISS ARMY MAN takes cinematic risks, a hallmark of the films Miranda produces.
"I’ve been coming to Sundance for seven years and feel that I’ve moved up the ladder from year to year. I found myself talking with Miranda Bailey (who produced Sundance 2016’s hit film Swiss Army Man and 2015’s Diary of a Teenage Girl) about this and she explained the Sundance system using her own career road as an example. I got a good laugh out of this and hope you do too!"
Miranda welcomed Eden Magazine into her lovely home for an interview and photoshoot. Eden Magazine's Maryam Morrison described the experience as a beautiful place where you could immediately feel the warmth and humbleness of her own nature.
Moveable Fest celebrates the people who made some of the best films of the year possible.
"It feels like Bailey is just getting started. That might sound odd for someone as prominent as she has been in indie film circles over the last decade, but after working in nearly every capacity in the industry, the multi-hyphenate has put it all together to make seemingly impossible films possible from writer/directors with both deeply personal visions and a different way of looking at the world."
As CEO of Cold Iron Pictures, Miranda Bailey believed strongly in Marielle Heller’s directorial debut, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, itself an adaptation of the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. As a producer, Bailey had already proven herself to have a keen eye—she executive produced Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale, and more recently, Time out of Mind, an upcoming IFC film starring Richard Gere, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the International Critics’ Prize.
JORDANBRADY.COM | Acclaimed Film Producer Miranda Bailey On Producing “DON’T THINK TWICE”.
Miranda Bailey is a prolific film producer, actress and director. Currently, she’s got two wonderful films in theaters, “Swiss Army Man” and “Don’t Think Twice”, the latter opening wide this weekend. Go see it. It stars Keegan Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci and the film’s writer/director Mike Birbiglia. It’s funny, sad, heartfelt and the best look at the world of improvisational comedy ever.
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE | Producer Miranda Bailey Debunks "Swiss Army Man" Controversy and Challenges Conventions about Women in Film
Filmmaker chats with Bailey about juggling acting, writing, directing, and producing, the controversy over Swiss Army Man, and her thoughts on female directors.
"You may not know Miranda Bailey’s name, but you probably know her work. As an actress, writer, director and producer, Miranda Bailey has a hand in just about every aspect of the independent film business."
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | "Diary of a Teenage Girl" wins SPIRIT AWARD for BEST FIRST FEATURE
"Sometimes a project comes along that just changes your whole life, and this project was that for me. I've been working on it for eight years, and I can't believe I'm standing up here," said Heller, who proceeded to thank her cast and crew.
NY TIMES | The Loneliness of a Brother’s Caregiver by Neil Genzlinger
Review of "Answers To Nothing"
"Most compelling may be the performance of Miranda Bailey, whose character, Drew, is trying to run a marathon while pushing her brother, a paraplegic, in a wheelchair. Drew is also her brother’s caregiver, and Ms. Bailey expertly conveys both the exhaustion and the loneliness of that role."
VARIETY | 2016 Spirit Awards Nominations
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL nominated for 3 Spirit Awards in 2016
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Marielle Heller, Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
BEST FEMALE LEAD
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SWISS ARMY MAN
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