Writers are often told to write what you know. Miles Doleac takes it a couple of steps further. He writes, directs, and acts what he knows in The Historian
This is his directorial debut but being an accomplished theatre and film actor he knew what he was getting into. He had help with his long time friend and theatre director Mackenzie Westmoreland who helped him produce the movie but also had never worked in film before.
To make the movie the best it could be he brought on board some of the finest actors he could get.
Casting William Sadler
as the university history department head Valerian Hadley, along with Tamarah Murley
as his secretary Jill who wants to keep the office running smoothly and without turmoil. John Cullum plays Valerian's aging father in the movie. You may remember John from the TV series Northern Exposure.
A theatre veteran as well as film, he has won 2 Tony Awards
for his acting performances.
In this movie Miles plays history professor Ben Rhodes, who has just moved to a university where he doesn't exactly get along with his boss, Valerian Hadley, the head of the department. Valerian does not make it easy for Ben, though I think he see's something of himself in the young professor. They are also at odds over Anna (Jillian Taylor
), who is one of Valerian's favorite grad students and a love interest of Ben.
Also appearing is an actor I've admired for many years ever since I saw her in a TV production of the play Our Town
is Glynnis O'Connor
. I'm glad to find her in this movie. As Dean Jan Messer she must weigh the arguments of all involved. To do what's best for the school in spite of Ben's conflict with Valerian, and his ideas about teaching and how the school should be run.
As I mentioned earlier Miles is an actor in the theatre. He just finished a very successful run of Les Misérables
at the Saenger Theatre
in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The musical got held over an extra day for an encore performance. That's what you like to hear.
This movie has everything you might expect to encounter in a college setting: drama, relationships, happy, sad, and funny. Sure to be a hit you'll not want to miss.
Check out the trailer below and read the conversation with Miles and Tamarah.