As told to Allison Mitchell As told to Allison Mitchell | March 25, 2019 | Feature Features
PATRICK J. DON VITO
As the first Chapman University graduate to be nominated for an Oscar, this film editor is toasting a best picture win at the Academy Awards for Green Book.
The release of Three Christs, a period piece starring Richard Gere and Peter Dinklage
“I remember waiting in line for the first Star Wars movie in 1977 and collecting everything I could from the film. I watched the Academy Awards that year and saw editor Paul Hirsch win for best editing. Little did I know that 17 years later, I would be working as one of his assistants on I Love Trouble starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte. I went on to work on the Austin Powers films and enjoyed having Mike Myers in the cutting room every day, as I learned a lot about comedy from him. Years later, I worked on Movie 43 wih Peter Farrelly, who directed and co-wrote Green Book. I read the script and fought to get the film because I saw its potential. I could have never predicted its trajectory, but I am humbled and honored; it’s a film that can unite people. Being nominated for an Oscar, and celebrating our win for best picture onstage at the Dolby Theatre, was a surreal moment I will never forget.” filmediting.com
As the executive vice president of Lincoln Property Company—known for redeveloping Irvine’s TRADE Marketplace & Food Hall and Costa Mesa’s Culture Yard—Miller is spearheading the launch of FLIGHT at Tustin Legacy.
Ushering prominent brands into O.C. with office spaces at FLIGHT and leading future phases of the ambitious project
“Growing up, I never really played with Legos or SimCity; no one in my family had a real estate background that forced me into the biz; and, in fact, I never even flew in a plane or traveled west of the Mississippi until I was 21 years old. But maybe it was that confluence of factors that produced such an incredible reaction, and created such an organic and authentic attraction to real estate. It can bring people together; it can set or kill a vibe. After a four-year stint in Dallas, my family and I moved out to Orange County for the pursuit of work-life balance in 2012. So much has changed since then. What excites me most about FLIGHT is that there truly is no project on the West Coast like it. It’s the first purpose-built, ground-up creative office campus in Southern California. The 870,000-square-foot property is highlighted by Mess Hall Market—10 different culinary-driven concepts led by a lineup of world-class chefs—which offers multiple decks, a wine vending machine, games, entertainment and more. What means the most to me is bringing a team together that creates a commercial space or project that people fall in love with.” flight-tustin.com