Welcome to Episode #19 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host, Allison Grant Lounes. In this episode, I spoke with Zachary Miller, who moved to France with his French wife for a year in 1990 to write the Great American Novel – and never left. When they decided to stay in Paris and he discovered he couldn’t continue to practice psychology, Zachary pitched a television series to the French television channel, Arte, about American Jazz musicians in Europe, and launched his career as a bilingual film producer helping international filmmakers make movies in France.
We’ll also hear:
- How he never intended to move to France and how this gradually changed over time
- Details about his change in career path from working as a psychologist to a filmmaker
- How he proposed the idea for his series on Arte, “Jazz Life: American Jazz Musicians in Europe” featuring Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron, as well as a funny anecdote that lead to one of the best scenes of the series featuring jazz pianist, Mal Waldron
- An interesting discussion between Zachary and Allison about raising bilingual children in France
- How he created his American and French companies, and the differences between the two
- The various film festivals he has attended and why the Cannes Film Festival is his favorite
- Zachary’s comparisons between Paris and large cities in the US
- His favorite parts of French and Parisian culture including French foods, wine, cheese and different neighborhoods to explore
For more information about Zachary and the films he has made:
- IMDB – imdb.me/zachmiller https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1694433/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
- Cinanado – https://cinando.com/en/Company/2_bulls_on_the_hill_productions_24905/Detail
- Twitter – @ZachJamesMiller https://twitter.com/zachjamesmiller?lang=en
- LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachary-miller-161bb28
Discover the two musicians featured in Jazz Life: American Jazz Musicians in Europe:
- Steve Lacy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Lacy_(saxophonist)
- Mal Waldron – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal_Waldron
To learn more and support Zachary’s next upcoming documentary, “Beauford Delaney: So Splendid A Journey”, click here: https://fiscal.thegotham.org//project.cfm/2267/Beauford-Delaney-So-Splendid-A-Journey/
If you are considering moving to France like Zachary, Foolproof French Visas can help you navigate the path toward finding the right visa for you. It can be purchased here: http://www.yourfranceformation.com/books or in paperback on Amazon.
If you would like to pursue your own Franceformation, you can also request a free 30-minute clarity call with Allison to review your visa options and decide how to move toward creating your ideal life in France: http://www.yourfranceformation.com/free-call
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