Tamika Miller is an award-winning commercial and narrative director/writer living in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a 2020/2021 Juror for the prestigious Clio Awards - an annual award program that recognizes innovation and creative excellence in advertising, design and communication.
Tamika recently directed the television movie The Christmas Lottery for MarVista Entertainment. And, she is currently developing her much-anticipated feature film UNDERCARD, starring actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes in her first dramatic role.
This year Tamika was selected by renown poet, novelist and activist Marge Piercy to interpret her poem, To be of use, for Motionpoems - the world's leading producer of poetry films.
In 2019, SHOOT Magazine chose Tamika as 1 of 32 NEW Directors to watch, and presented her work at the Directors Guild of America in New York. This same year she directed the television movie Back to the Goode Life, starring actress Kyla Pratt (Dr. Dolittle, Love & Basketball) for Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Tamika was selected as one of only six directors, from over 400 applicants, to participate in the Commercial Directors Diversity Program – a DGA/AICP initiative created to increase the representation of women and under-represented directors in commercial advertising.
Tamika has received numerous awards and recognitions including Best Commercial at the LA Femme Festival, Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase Grand Prize for Best Narrative - of which her films aired on the Showtime Cable Network, Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Short Narrative, San Francisco Black Film Festival Award for Best Short, Reel Sisters Film Festival Award for Best Short Narrative and many others.
As a writer, Tamika's work often reverberates with social commentary, as seen in her award-winning film /smōkd/ - a powerful short narrative that tackles the timely subject of police brutality through the eyes of twelve grand jurors deliberating the fate of a police officer. /smōkd/ screened at numerous film festivals around the world.
An advocate for storytelling where women and people of color are at the center, Tamika co-founded Black Films Travel - a conscious initiative that dispels the myth that Black films don't make money overseas. In 2021, Black Films Travel will launch its inaugural short-film competition focused on stories about the African-American and/or African Diaspora experience, whereby two filmmakers will each be awarded a film grant to produce their short films.
Tamika was named to the Board of Directors of OUTFEST - the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender film images. Tamika proudly served on the Board for six years.
A gifted filmmaker, Tamika is a tremendous talent and truly a triple threat.