New Directions

“What else could I do? My dad had just passed away, four or five years after he came out at 75, and that was such a huge, tumultuous, and great part of my life. He became so much more emotionally alive, and his willingness to risk everything for what he wanted really inspired me. I felt I had something to report, a story that wasn’t just personal, but that showed how our emotional lives are a part of history.” —Mike Mills, on his second feature film, Beginners, which opens in June starring Ewan McGregor as an emotionally muted thirtysomething struggling to navigate new love in the wake of his father’s late-life sexual awakening and subsequent death. Stay tuned for exclusive sketches from Mills, coming to later this week.