Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Either You're in or You're in the Way by Logan and Noah Miller

Either You're in or You're in the Way
By Logan and Noah Miller

About the Book:
When identical twin brothers, Logan and Noah Miller’s homeless father died alone in a jail cell, they vowed come hell or high water that their film, Touching Home, would be made as a dedication to their love for him. Either You’re In Or You’re In the Way is the amazing story of how—without a dime to their names nor a single meaningful contact in Hollywood—they managed to write, produce, act, and direct a feature film in under a year starring four-time Academy Award®-nominated actor Ed Harris (and a cast and crew with 11 Academy Awards® and 26 nominations). The Miller brothers’ incredible and comic gonzo story is essential reading for aspiring filmmakers and movie buffs, and readers looking for a fast-paced, thrill ride of heartbreak and redemption.

About the Authors:
Logan and Noah Miller, identical twins raised as roofers in northern California, dreamt of being baseball stars. When that dream failed, they found professional success as bingo callers. Always staying together, the brothers were briefly suckered into the world of modeling, somehow avoided the circus, and finally, with 17 credit cards, pursued a career in filmmaking. In 2006, the brothers were awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, and their screenwriting, directorial, and acting debut Touching Home premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April of 2008. They live in northern California and hold no degrees.

My Thoughts:
If you don't want to have your emotions raked over the coals, If you don't want to watch a gut-wrenching account of the depth of human despair ant the heights of human accomplishments, don't read this book, because that is what this story about the quest to make a film documenting pivotal and crucial points of their life story will entail. It's a very good read. Informative, insightful, and  entertaining.

If there were any down side to this book for me, maybe two things stand out. It's a little bit slow in areas where it gets somewhat descriptive, and it's a little sketchy on characterization.

But those things don't detract from the fact that this book is a fun read that highlights the quality of hope and belief in the impossible. Logan and Noah Miller achieve some awesome things in relation to writing the screen play, directing and staring in their own movie, and writing the book that culminates the whole thing. It's a story worth telling, and definitely one worth reading. I'm glad I got a chance to read this book. It's unique.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the authors.

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