Tamika Miller is a passionate storyteller who began her career as a line producer and production supervisor for high-end television commercials, including major brands such as Samsung, Bank of America, AT&T, Toyota and American Express.
A Director/Writer currently living in Los Angeles, California, Tamika's production experience and tremendous attention to detail has contributed to her success as a filmmaker. In 2019, SHOOT Magazine chose Tamika as 1 of 32 NEW Directors to watch as part of their annual New Directors Showcase, presented at the Directors Guild of America in New York.
In 2019, she also directed the TV movie Back to the Goode Life, starring actress Kyla Pratt (Dr. Dolittle, Love & Basketball) and actor London Brown (HBO's Ballers) for Black Entertainment Television (BET). And, she is currently developing her much-anticipated feature film UNDERCARD, starring actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes in her first dramatic role.
Tamika was selected as 1 of 6 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. Her Amazon "Get Answers NOW!" spot from this initiative was the Award Winner for Best Commercial at the LA Femme Festival.
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 made her film debut with a short narrative she wrote and directed titled Gift for the Living, starring Cannes Special Jury Prize winning actress Irma P. Hall (Ladykillers), with voice over by actress Vanessa Williams (New Jack City, Soul Food). Gift for the Living won the Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase Grand Prize and aired on the Showtime Cable Network. Furthermore, it participated in numerous film festivals around the world, and won the Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Short Narrative.
Tamika's subsequent short narrative, Sarang Song, won the San Francisco Black Film Festival Award for Best Short and also aired on the Showtime Cable Network.
She went on to write and direct /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/ won the Reel Sisters Film Festival Award for Best Short Narrative, and screened at numerous film festivals.
Steven Spielberg chose Tamika as 1 of 50 finalists, out of a record-setting 12,000 submissions from around the world, to compete in his series, On the Lot - the winner of which received a $1 million development deal with DreamWorks.
In Hillary Clinton's first presidential bid, the Clinton campaign chose a commercial spec written and directed by Tamika as 1 of 5 finalists, from hundreds of submissions, as a candidate to air during a CNN/YouTube Democratic debate.
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.