Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials. July wrote, directed and starred in Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Caméra d'or. Me and You and Everyone We Know has been released as a BluRay/DVD by the Criterion Collection. In 2011 she wrote, directed and starred in The Future. She also co-starred in Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline. In 2019 July directed the Sleater-Kinney video for ‘Hurry On Home.’ July's feature film, Kajillionaire, produced by Plan B and Annapurna and starring Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez was theatrically released in late 2020 to favorable reviews. In 2021 she narrated the documentary Fire of Love directed by Sara Dosa.
Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty countries. She wrote a collection of essays and photographs titled It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011). Her novel, The First Bad Man, became an immediate bestseller and was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015. Her book, Miranda July (Prestel, April 14, 2020), is a complete retrospective of all her work to date and narrated by more than eighty friends and collaborators.
In 2000 July created the seminal participatory website, Learning to Love You More, with artist Harrell Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel); the work is now in the collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She designed Eleven Heavy Things, an interactive sculpture garden, for the 2009 Venice Biennale; it was also presented in Union Square in New York (2010) and by MOCA in Los Angeles (2011). Her email-based artwork, We Think Alone (commissioned by Magasin 3, Stockholm), launched in July 2013 with nearly 100 thousand subscribers and continued through November 2013. In 2020 she collaborated with Jay Benedicto to create Services a limited edition book sculpture. Other participatory art works include New Society (a performance), Somebody (a messaging app). and an interfaith charity shop in Selfridges department store in London, presented by Artangel. In late 2019 she collaborated with Margaret Qualley on a performance art piece that took place on Instagram over multiple posts.
Raised in Berkeley, California, July lives in Los Angeles.
It's Nice That: “It’s always varying degrees of terror”: Miranda July on an unflinchingly honest career (2022)
Document: Margaret Qualley and Miranda July are embracing the power of pretend (2021)
The Director's Cut: Miranda July discusses her new film, Kajillionaire, with fellow director Greta Gerwig (2021)
Vulture: Enter Planet Miranda July (2020)
Frieze: Miranda July’s New Society (2020)
Nylon: Rowan Blanchard And Miranda July Discuss The Quiet Queerness Of 'Kajillionaire' (2020)
New York Times: ‘Kajillionaire’ Review: California Scheming (2020)
W: Miranda July Spices Up the Kajillionaire Press Run With a Zoom Performance (2020)
New Yorker: Miranda July’s Uncomfortable Comedies (2020)
Vogue: ‘When I’m in a Crisis, Art Is Very Powerful for Me’: Miranda July on Creativity in Quarantine (2020)
In Style: The Relentlessness of Miranda July (2020)
Variety: ‘Kajillionaire’: Film Review (2020)
New York Times Magazine: Miranda July Shares Her Vintage Feminist Film Archive (2017)
Vice/Motherboard: Miranda July and Paul Ford Cyberstalked Me (2016)
Morning Edition: An Interview with Miranda July (2015) [audio]
Photo Elizabeth Weinberg