CULTURE

From Miranda July to the Beastie Boys, a Look Back at Mike Mills’ Work


Photo collage by NICK haymes

The filmmaker Mike Mills, out now with 20th Century Women, has enjoyed a long career that involves work with his wife, Miranda July, and iconic bands like Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys.

1
Photo collage by NICK haymes

Mike Mills, at home in Los Angeles.

2
Gunther Campine/Courtesy of a24

A still from 20th Century Women, featuring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig (from left).

3
Courtesy of Capitol Records

A 1995 Beastie Boys album cover designed by Mills.

4
Courtesy of Focus Features

A still from 2011’s Beginners, featuring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor (from left).

5
Courtesy of Virgin Records

The Virgin Suicides soundtrack, 2000, cover designed by Mills.

6
Courtesy of DGC

Cover of Sonic Youth’s Washing Machine, 1995, also designed 
by Mills.

7
Courtesy of 4AD

A still from the video for Blonde Redhead’s “Top Ranking,” 2007, directed by Mills and featuring Miranda July.

8
Courtesy of 4AD

A still from the video for Blonde Redhead’s “Top Ranking,” 2007, directed by Mills and featuring Miranda July.

9
Courtesy of 4AD

A still from the video for Blonde Redhead’s “Top Ranking,” 2007, directed by Mills and featuring Miranda July.

10
The Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland museum of california/Gift of Paul S. Taylor

Dorothea Lange’s Mother’s Day, While We Were Living at Virginia St., 1931, which belonged to Mills’s parents, figures in both Beginners and 20th Century Women (Mills named the mother character Dorothea).