LOS ANGELES (January 16, 2015) – Annapurna Pictures will produce 20th CENTURY WOMEN, written and to be directed by Mike Mills (BEGINNERS, THUMBSUCKER). Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will produce alongside Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley. The film will begin production later this year in Southern California.


Set in the wonderfully disruptive days of punk's arrival to suburban America, Jimmy Carter's last summer in office and the oil and fiscal crises of the late 70's, the story is about three very different women teaching a boy what men are, what women are, about love and freedom and finding your own form of sanity in Santa Barbara 1979. When the boy's mother takes in a male border, his world view is further shaken by the man's desire to understand and be loved by these seemingly unknowable women. Casting for the film is currently underway.


“The film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene where I really learned about the world,” said Mills. “These women were all so complicated and strong - all very funny, all fighting to find a way to be authentic, happy and free. All dealing with the complications of the new freedoms they were exploring.”


Mills made his feature-film directorial debut with the 2005 critically acclaimed film THUMBSUCKER, which he adapted from a novel of the same name by Walter Kirn. In 2010, Mills wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning film BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent. Previous to his work in features, Mills directed music videos for artists including Pulp, Yoko Ono and Air, and released two books of his photography.


Chris Corabi and Vanessa Fung negotiated the deal on behalf of Annapurna. Mills is represented by UTA.



Annapurna Pictures is a film production and finance company founded with the goal of boldly creating sophisticated, high-quality and ambitious films that appeal to a variety of audiences. Under Megan Ellison’s guidance, Annapurna has provided the industry with a critical boost of intelligent, adult dramas in recent years. Currently in theaters is Bennett Miller’s Cannes and Toronto Film Festival hit film FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Annapurna is in post-production on Richard Linklater’s THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, are in production on the animated film SAUSAGE PARTY written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tierman, and are currently preparing for production on Todd Solondz’s WEINER DOG starring Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig. Annapurna’s projects from 2013 alone earned 17 Academy Award nominations and made Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year with her nominations for AMERICAN HUSTLE and HER. Annapurna’s past releases include David O. Russell’s Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated AMERICAN HUSTLE, Spike Jonze’s Golden Globe and Academy Award winning HER, Bigelow’s Academy Award nominated ZERO DARK THIRTY, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated THE MASTER. Annapurna will also reteam with Bigelow on a film based on the non-fiction book The True American.



Archer Gray is a media production, finance, and venture investment company driven by a passion for innovation, integrity, and results. Through our production arm, Archer Gray relies on a unique blend of expertise to develop, finance, and produce original stories with maximum commercial and artistic appeal. Through our venture arm, we make investments in early-stage media and marketplace technology companies that are creating new value and opportunities from inefficient industries.  The company prides itself on partnering with those who share our commitment to transparency, collaboration, and new ways of thinking.  Archer Gray's credits include the Broadway musical Once, winner of 8 Tony Awards, the critically acclaimed plays Seminar and The Elephant Man, and a slate of diverse films such as Robert Pulcini and Shari Berman’s Ten Thousand Saints, premiering at Sundance and starring Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield and Emile Hirsch; Marielle Heller's Sundance competition debut feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skaarsgard; Bill Condon's Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney; Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents staring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, and Chloe Sevigny; as well as The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and Greetings from Tim Buckley. www.ArcherGray.com.