In the early 1980s Miller Miller Miller & Sloan were a rising band on the New York scene, three brothers and a pal from school who played energetic white-boy funk, headlined at CBGBs, and opened for the Clash. Lucy Kostelanetz, a filmmaker whose stepson was a friend of the teenage band, shot performances and interviews with them in 1983, capturing their aspirations to make it big. Five years later she went back and found them exploring a poppier electronic sound while chasing the elusive record deal and facing the realities of earning a living. By 1993, the band had dissolved. In 2007, Lucy reconnected with Dan, Barney, and Mike Miller and Blake Sloan to see how their youthful dreams - and the time and work they'd put into making them come true - had played out in their later lives. Praised by the Village Voice for telling its tale of dashed dreams and adult acceptance with poignance, pep, and a healthy dose of the self-mocking wit the band members kept at all ages and stages, We Don't Wanna Make You Dance speaks to the resiliency and resourcefulness people acquire in pursuing creative goals, whether or not they reach them. For more on the history and music of MMM&S, including vintage videos, go to wedontwannamakeyoudance.com.
Lucy Kostelanetz is a niece of the renowned conductor Andre Kostelantetz, about whom she is making a documentary.