Lucy Kostelanetz ::   Miller Miller Miller & Sloan. Ring a bell? Of course not. We accompany a virtually unknown White funk quartet through its apparition (1980), indecision (1988) and present (2007), decades after dissolving. An addictive and savoury analysis of enthusiasm and dashed hopes.  " />

We Don't Wanna Make You Dance

United States / 95 min. / 2013 / English


 

Miller Miller Miller & Sloan. Ring a bell? Of course not. We accompany a virtually unknown White funk quartet through its apparition (1980), indecision (1988) and present (2007), decades after dissolving. An addictive and savoury analysis of enthusiasm and dashed hopes.  

Miller Miller Miller & Sloan. Ring a bell? Of course not. Don't look for their records on the shelves. MMM&S was a virtually unknown funk-pop and white rap quartet on the New York scene in the early 80's, three brothers and one unrelated other, stylistically similar to ESG or Liquid Liquid and predecessors to the Beastie Boys (sans the vulgarity). What became of them? The director invites us to accompany them through their debut and impetus (1983), indecision (1988) and present (2007), decades after dissolving without scoring a single hit in the Top 100. This is an addictive analysis of enthusiasm and dashed hopes, intertwined with great footage and interviews in the three crucial phases. It's very hard not to get attached to the Millers + Sloan: they're articulate, funny, intelligent, humble and bright. They don't get to have their cake and eat it but they do have a blast. They take the piss out of themselves ("Our friends ask us: 'Where's your image?'"), they're hideously funny, they ponder who they are (Q: "Are we still funky? A: guffaws) and they don't give a damn. The great unsolved mystery: Why didn't they make it? Why did Spandau Ballet hit the big time and not them? We Don't Wanna Make You Dance will make you think, laugh and dance. A film that has it all.

 

Lucy Kostelanetz is the patient New Yorkan director that documented Miller Miller Miller & Sloan over the years. She's also put hand and name to the feature-length documentary Sonia (2007) and various children's films. 

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Subtitles
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Showing format

Premios
Special Jury Prize (Senior Youth Jury, 2014), Reel2Real International Festival for Youth 2014

Participation
in festivals
DOC NYC 2013, Vancouver 2014, Indielisboa 2014, Raindance Film Festival 2014

Leadings
Dan Miller, C.B. Miller, Mike Miller and Blake Sloan


Camera
Rick Von Kaenel

Music Composer
Miller Miller Miller & Sloan


Film company
Lucy Kostelanetz Productions

Film distributor
Lucy Kostelanetz Productions

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