This summer has brought an exciting range of film work for Robert, particularly in the documentary realm. On the heels of scoring “What the Hell is the Presidency For,” a fascinating documentary feature about LBJ airing on the History Channel on July 2nd, Robert has embarked on four new film projects on a diverse range of subjects. “Future 38” is a zany period comedy that features time travel from current day to 1938 and all that goes with it, including an inventive 30’s-inspired score. He is also in the planning stages of scoring Eugene Jarecki’s latest documentary, “Promised Land,” which ingeniously juxtaposes contemporary American socio-political history with the biography of Elvis Presley. Finally, Robert will be scoring two documentaries, due out in the fall, that shine light on several important health crises. The first, titled “Not Without Us,” is about women’s role in the fight for a cure for AIDS, while the second is a bombshell about the discovery of nuclear waste in St. Louis and its devastating consequences.
Exciting news for Robert this spring, as he has been nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award! The nomination is for Best Original Score for the ESPN "30 for 30" film, "Of Miracles and Men," directed by Jonathan Hock.
Meanwhile, Robert has just finished scoring his tenth and eleventh films for ESPN "30 for 30." Feature-length "Believeland" chronicles the perennial hope of Cleveland sports fans for a championship victory, while short-film "Gonzo" explores Hunter S. Thompson's ground-breaking journalistic inspiration at the 1970 Kentucky Derby. Both films are set to premiere on ESPN in April.
Also on the horizon is an exciting film project on Lyndon B. Johnson for the History Channel. Stay tuned for details!
2016 is off to an exciting start at RMI! Robert recently scored the latest installment of IBM’s brilliant “Watson” campaign, as well as a thrilling spot for Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab.
The critically -acclaimed 2014 documentary Particle Fever, scored by Robert, aired for the first time on PBS in early January to rave reviews.
Stay tuned for the final remaining episodes of Science/Discovery’s series Secret Space Escapes, featuring Robert’s music throughout.
Also up next month, the ESPN 30 for 30 film "The Gospel According to Mac" premieres the 3rd. The film centers around the strife-filled tenure of former University of Colorado head coach Bill McCartney. And November 10 "Secret Space Escapes" starts airing on The Discovery Channel. The series focuses on terrifying accidents, fights for survival and stories of close calls and near misses by the astronauts who survived them.
Currently, Robert is working on the score for an eight-part series with The Discovery Channel called "Surviving Space." The series, which will premiere this fall, focuses on near-miss disasters in outer space from the point of the of American and Russian astronauts.
Also in motion is Robert's seventh collaboration with nine-time Emmy-award winning director, Jonathan Hock for his upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 documentary tentatively entitled "The Gospel According to Coach Mac."
Just released this week: "Foreclosure," Richard Ledes' new eerie feature film about a man, financially down on his luck, moves into a house whose spirits drive him to commit unspeakable acts. The film was scored by Robert Miller and stars Michael Imperioli, best known for his roles on The Sopranos and in Goodfellas alongside actors Wendell Pierce, Spencer List, Bill Raymond, Meital Dohan, David Constable and Matt Servito.
Other news this season: 30 for 30 documentary “Of Miracles and Men” premiered on February 8 at on ESPN. The film, directed by Emmy-award winner Jonathan Hock takes a different look at the “Miracle on Ice.” "Of Miracles and Men" examines the 1980 USA vs USSR Olympic hockey game, one of the most famous games in the history of American sports. But this film goes to a place where audiences have not been taken before: the Soviet side of the upset.
"(T)error," directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe and produced by Eugene Jarecki, premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. (T)ERROR is the first film to document on camera a covert terrorism sting as it unfolds. Through the perspective of a 63-year-old black revolutionary-turned-FBI informant, viewers are presented with an unprecedented glimpse of the government’s counterterrorism tactics, and the murky justifications behind them.
“Particle Fever,” directed by Mark Levinson and scored by Robert, just received the Prix Grand Ecran award at Pariscience and the Best Film award at the prestigious Science Media Awards & Symposium in Boston, where Robert also received a nomination for Best Score for “Dark Universe,” which is on view at the Hayden Planetarium in New York.
In addition, ESPN’s 30 for 30 films received an Emmy recently due in a large part to films like “Survive and Advance,” directed by long-time collaborator Jonathan Hock and scored by Robert. Robert’s history continues with ESPN this fall and winter with two new films. The first, “Of Miracles and Men” is the story of Russia defeating the US in hockey in 1980 from the Russian players’ perspective. The second film depicts the story of 14-NFL-season wide receiver Randy Moss in his college days.
Robert Miller has just picked up an AICP award for his music arrangement on Coke “It’s Beautiful” this past June. Additionally, Robert scored the moving documentary about the Brazilian Men’s national soccer team entitled “There is No Tomorrow” which aired right before the World Cup tournament on ESPN.
Among the scores in progress this summer are “The Earth Moves” by John Walter, “1980” by Jon Hock, and several new commercials, most notably, a funny commercial directed by Dante Ariole for Adobe called “WooWoo.”
As of March 11th, 2014 “Particle Fever,” now playing theaters across the country, has the highest meta-critic score of all 140 films in distribution. The entire production team and group of incredible physicists involved in this project are needless to say very excited about this.
In addition, “Dark Universe,” the new space show narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson is playing to sold-out Hayden Planetarium audiences and has also experienced rave reviews.
Robert’s arrangement of “America the Beautiful” for eight young American girls in eight languages (including English) premiered on the Super Bowl with a strong response on the internet starting almost immediately after the airing! Coke and Weiden Kennedy, through the special eye of director John Hillcoat, created (in our opinion) a sincere tribute to the beautiful diversity in the country, but certainly inspired a strong debate over the use of several of our vast number of immigrant languages. It will be interesting to see how this national debate develops.
Premiering during the Olympics this year is not only a 90-second version of the Coke spot, but a new spot for Walmart entitled “Lights On,” which communicates Walmart’s passion for putting more American factories and workers back in production. Also on the Olympics is another fun Coco-Cola spot called “ISS,” which features an American and a Russian astronaut watching hockey on a laptop until an unintentional spill of Coke has them floating through through the ship retrieving the drops that threaten the circuits!
Robert is now scoring Jon Hock’s newest ESPN film, called “1980” about the American upset of the Russian hockey team in the 1980 Olympics.