Blaise Miller '99
Randolph-Macon College alumnus Blaise Miller ’99 will return to
campus to screen his critically acclaimed movie “It’s A Disaster” at 7 p.m. on November
9, 2013 in SunTrust Theater, Brock Commons (304 Henry St.) The film, which co-stars
David Cross, America Ferrera, and Julia Stiles, is free and open to the public.
After the movie, Miller will answer audience questions and talk about his career
in film and stage. Map and Directions
In the film, four couples gather for a regular couples brunch which, over the years,
has devolved into a gathering fraught with tension and awkwardness. As they settle
in to the afternoon, they get to know the new member of the group and catch up on
old times. When the men repair to check the status of a sporting event, it soon
becomes apparent that their lines of communication with the world are lost. The
television is nothing but static, the Internet is down, and the land line (only
present to send and receive facsimile messages) is not functioning.
After a neighbor appears in a hazardous materials suit with news of dirty bombs
exploding in major cities around the United States, the couples begin to accept
that a disaster has occurred. They begin to take precautions by sealing off air
vents and duct taping windows and doors. When their quest for a radio is realized,
the enormity of the situation reveals itself with a message from the emergency broadcast
system. The chemistry teacher member of the group understands that because the attacks
were chemical, and not radiological, only hours remain before a gruesome death for
them all. They struggle with moral dilemmas, relationship problems, and soon are
convinced that a group suicide is preferable to a slow and painful death.
After graduating from R-MC with a B.A. in theater, Miller enjoyed time at Second
City in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2005. Since that time, he has appeared
as the lead role in several dark comedies including "The Scenesters," "Super Zeroes,"
"Spring Eddy," "Holiday Road" and "It's a Disaster." Miller is a founding member
of the comedic film group The Vacationeers, with whom he continues to collaborate.