Tallgrass Film Festival: ‘Double Digits’ Theatrical Review
“Double Digits: The Story Of A Neighborhood Movie Star introduces us to 52-year-old Richard ‘R.G.’ Miller, a tenacious low-budget filmmaker and unlikely YouTuber, as he prepares for his latest epic film “The Masked Man.” This documentary follows his unconventional process—and delves into over 35 years of his personal and professional back story—while serving as a universal example of what it means to be an artist and follow your passions despite incredible odds.”
Last week I took part in the Tallgrass International Film Festival. The year before I had screened my little art documentary and the staff of the film fest know my taste— several of them insisted I watch this film. I have to admit, I teared up a few times, especially after R.G. is released from prison and has to start over again, finding inspiration in inspiring others. This isn’t just a film, it’s a call to action: support your local arts, find those talented people who are hidden yet living in your community and unlock your hidden potential! R.G. expressed this not just by making a film, but when those around him take interest in his projects he creates roles for them to be included. That gesture becomes the starting point for them to seek out and create their own works. When R.G. says he is making art films, I whole-heartedly agree. His films, and visual art, needs to be shown in the galleries.
I was lucky enough to meet the documentary’s filmmaker, Justin Johnson, and the subject, Richard ‘R.G.’ Miller. It’s hard making art, it’s hard doing things on your own. ‘R.G.’ Miller not only writes, shoots, directs, and stars in his films, he uses action figures as puppets, builds the sets, costumes, and does the voice-overs. He is a one-man band bursting with talent. The title is a reference to YouTube views. ‘R.G.’ Miller states that he considers his films a success if they have been watched more than 10 times. After Double Digits: The Story Of A Neighborhood Movie Star comes out I am sure he will have to raise that bar to the thousands. Justin Johnson’s style pulls you into this story, and through interviews, old clips and watching R.G.’s current production, makes you connect to the person who has gone through a lot to make it this far. To be honest, I just wanted to give R.G. a hug and say thank you to both him and Justin for making this. The film will be released on December 8th but it’s never to early to start your search engines. Check out the site for the trailer.
Ethan H. Minsker is a writer, artist and independent filmmaker. Minsker has written screenplays and produced and directed eight independent films. He is the founder of the Antagonist Movement, Inc., a consortium of artists, writers and musicians based in New York's East Village. Mr. Minsker was also the creator and editor-in-chief of Psycho Moto Zine, in publication from 1988-present. Mr. Minsker received his B.F.A. in Film with honors from the School of Visual Arts and his masters in Media from the New School. He lives in New York City.