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Friday, May 20, 2005

Being Miranda July

Posted by on May 20 at 11:23 AM

For years Miranda July has been creating multi-media inspiration for everyone from the DIY punk rocker to the smarty pants art house crowd, but with the Seattle screening of her new film, she really showed that it’s time the mainstream paid attention to her awesome work. SIFF chose her new feature-length movie, Me and You and Everyone We Know to open the festival, definitely a wise choice. The film reminded me of a lighter Todd Solondz film, where there’s definitely twisted humor and odd sexual situations, but Miranda’s sarcasm isn’t quite as black. There’s a great wonder about the world in the way she focuses on everyday situations and makes them moving events. I imagine this movie will get mainstream release a some point…I recommend going to see it….I also recommend combing through her other work. In the past decade plus, she’s written plays, zines, short stories and films—the kind of person you think will never run out of ideas or cool ways to express them.