Althea


Althea

Althea

Rex Miller is a visual storyteller with an extensive background as a photographer/filmmaker, having started originally as a photographer working for local, national and international newspapers and magazines in New York City. His photography clients have included ABC News, American Express, Atlantic Records, Calvin Klein, CBS, Forbes, John Kennedy, Jr., John McEnroe, McDonald’s, Musician, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Nickelodeon, the Robin Hood Foundation, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sony Music, and Time. In 1997, Miller completed All The Blues Gone, a hardcover book/CD package documenting Mississippi blues culture. All The Blues Gone has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and overseas.

For the last 10 years, he has been directing, producing and shooting independent documentary films, as well as content for television. His work has appeared on HBO, PBS National, Tennis Channel, and screened at major national and international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, NY Film Festival, Full Frame and South Africa. He has been part of 2 Peabody-Award-Winning projects and was recently nominated for an Emmy for Cinematography. Recent projects as Director include the documentaries, SOMAY KU: A Uganda Tennis Story and Behind These Walls, both of which aired on Tennis Channel. Recent work as Cinematographer includes the documentaries Private Violence (HBO) and The Loving Story (HBO), as well as the series A Chef’s Life (PBS).

Film Synopsis: Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950’s. Althea’s life and achievements transcend Sports. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 30’s, her mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, her fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring the story into a much broader realm of African-American History.

Schedule:
April 5, 2016: Batte Center, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
April 6, 2016: Halloran Centre at the Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
April 7, 2016: Rector Little Theatre, Union College, Barbourville, KY
April 8, 2016: Hapeville Historic Christ Church & Carriage House, Hapeville, GA
April 11, 2016: Trojan Center Theatre, Troy University, Troy, AL
April 12, 2016: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, FL
April 14, 2016: Burrow Center Recital Hall, Hanceville, AL
April 15, 2016: Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL