Ms. Milam describes herself as a “from-the-ground-up” person. Prior to establishing Milam & Co. in 2000, she co-founded and ran the Austin Film Festival. From 1994-2000, she spearheaded AFF from an out-of-the-pocket dream to one of the premiere film festivals in the United States. Participants in AFF over the years have included Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Robert Altman, Horton Foote, Oliver Stone and many other film community luminaries from New York to Los Angeles.
In addition to the Austin Film Festival, Ms. Milam created, and for 12 years organized, the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children holiday parade in Austin, which collects over 30,000 toys each holiday season.
In both of the preceeding instances, Ms. Milam was in charge of fundraising efforts. In the case of the Austin Film Festival, the operating budget during Ms. Milam’s tenure reached well over $1 million annually.
In 1988, she helped to organize a sold-out, SRO, critically-acclaimed two-night concert benefitting the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which starred the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown and others.
In addition to her professional duties, Ms. Milam currently sits on the boards of the Austin Film Festival, the Cultural District Alliance in Fort Worth and the Arthouse (formerly the Texas Fine Arts Association), the oldest arts organization in the state. She is also on the advisory board for Black Fret, a public charity that supports local Austin music and its community.