/smōkd/

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Tempers flare when twelve grand jurors deliberate whether to indict, or not indict, a police officer who allegedly kills a man during an arrest.
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Tamika Miller
United States
Short


Director Biography – Tamika Miller

Tamika Miller is a passionate storyteller who began her career as a line producer and production supervisor for television commercials and high-profile music videos, including major brands such as Bank of America, Target and American Express, and has lent her skills to music videos for artists such as Christina Aguilera.

A director, producer and writer currently living in Los Angeles, California, Tamika’s production experience and tremendous attention to detail has contributed to her success as a filmmaker. Tamika made her film debut with a short narrative she wrote and directed entitled Gift for the Living, starring Cannes Special Jury Prize winning actress Irma P. Hall (Ladykillers), with voice over by actress Vanessa Williams (New Jack City, Soul Food). Gift for the Living won the Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase Grand Prize and can be seen on the Showtime Cable Network. Furthermore, it participated in numerous film festivals around the world, and won the OUTFEST Audience Award for Outstanding Short Narrative.

Tamika’s subsequent short narrative, Sarang Song, won the San Francisco Black Film Festival Award for Best Short and also aired on the Showtime Cable Network.

Steven Spielberg chose Tamika as 1 of 50 finalists, out of a record-setting 12,000 submissions from around the world, to compete in his series, On the Lot – the winner of which received a $1 million development deal with DreamWorks.

In Hillary Clinton’s first presidential bid, the Clinton campaign chose a commercial spec written and directed by Tamika as 1 of 5 finalists, from hundreds of submissions, as a candidate to air during a CNN/YouTube Democratic debate.

Tamika was named to the Board of Directors of OUTFEST – the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender film images. Tamika proudly served on the Board for six years.

Tamika produced Glamour Magazine’s annual Women of the Year tribute films honoring Maria Shriver, Maya Angelou, Stella McCartney and Amy Poehler, to name a few. In addition to producing 10 films for Glamour, Tamika directed films for honorees Serena Williams and Grammy Award winning artist Rihanna. Furthermore, she interviewed tennis champion Venus Williams, Academy-Award winning actor Jamie Foxx, freed journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph. The films aired during Glamour Magazine’s annual awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Tamika produced Crepe Covered Sidewalks, a riveting documentary of actress Renée Wilson’s (Ray) return home to the devastation and desolation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the effects the aftermath has on her and her family – several years after the storm.

Tamika continues to hone her skills as a director and writer.

Her most recent film, /smōkd/, is a powerful short narrative that tackles the timely subject of police brutality through the eyes of twelve grand jurors deliberating the fate of a police officer. /smōkd/ can be seen at film festivals around the world.

A gifted filmmaker, Tamika is a tremendous talent and truly a triple threat.