Amanda Milius

| August 22, 2016


Amanda Milius was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of director/screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry) and actress Celia Kaye. She was exposed to a lot of B-films, Westerns, classics and art films both from her parents and from her first job working at a local arthouse video store in Los Angeles.

Amanda spent most of her twenties in New York, where she attended the New School University. She worked as a fashion photographer and wrote a string of short films. After returning to Los Angeles, Amanda attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in film and television production. During her time at USC, Amanda’s films focused on the psychology of unique female lead characters in harsh environments and situations. Her final project for USC, The Lotus Gun, was accepted at several international film festivals and was named as a Cine Golden Eagle Award 2015 Finalist.

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The Lotus Gun

The Lotus Gun

Nora and Daphine live an idyllic life in a makeshift home in the wilderness, but they face an unforeseen threat when they come into contact with a runaway from a misogynistic drug cult. A short film by Amanda Milius.

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