Mike Mills – My dad’s gay experiences really…

My dad’s gay experiences really had a very positive influence on me and my straight…


“My dad’s gay experiences really had a very positive influence on me and my straight relationships – how to better accept all the weirdness and ambiguity and ups and downs and paradoxes. I knew from the beginning I was writing about love.”
-Mike Mills

Mike Mills – I think I make films…

I think I make films to help bolster and feed the part of me that…


“I think I make films to help bolster and feed the part of me that wants to remain in a positive relationship with the world and to engage in it. So hopefully in non-sentimental ways, I’m trying to make something that helps make me happy.”
-Mike Mills

Mike Mills – My experience, with both my…

My experience, with both my parents, is that grief has a lot of down, sad…


“My experience, with both my parents, is that grief has a lot of down, sad things, but I was also really emotionally raw, in the first year after each of them passed. Flowers smelled more intensely, my relationships were hotter, and I was more willing to risk. I was going for it a lot more. I was ‘unsober’ and I wasn’t playing by my rules.”
-Mike Mills

Mike Mills – Being a good Hans Haacke…

Being a good Hans Haacke student, part of his influence on me is that there’s…


“Being a good Hans Haacke student, part of his influence on me is that there’s no difference between a gallery show and a film – or even an ad and a T-shirt-in terms of cultural legitimacy. They’re just different contexts in which to have some sort of communication.”
-Mike Mills

Mike Mills – I think that animals aren’t…

I think that animals aren’t less intelligent than humans, they’re just of a different intelligence…


“I think that animals aren’t less intelligent than humans, they’re just of a different intelligence. We have five million smell-sensitive cells in our nose, they have two hundred and fifty million – they can smell emotion. They can smell different types of emotion, they just have another type of intelligence.”
-Mike Mills

Mike Mills – There’s some movies I watch…

There’s some movies I watch, they’re kind of like my anti-anxiety pill, my anti…


“There’s some movies I watch, they’re kind of like my anti-anxiety pill, my anti-depressant pill. I watch them at least once or twice a month probably. And I never stop learning from them as a filmmaker.”
-Mike Mills

Mike Mills – Life doesn’t just happen it’s…

Life doesn’t just happen it’s constructed through the history of power. And that’s something I…


“Life doesn’t just happen it’s constructed through the history of power. And that’s something I am interested in and so is the art world: a world that’s trying to engage socially, with a leftist slant, to work out how we got here.”
-Mike Mills