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Miranda July

Biography

Screenwriter, movie director and actress who also wrote, starred in, and directed the 2005 film Me personally and also you and Everyone WE REALIZE as well as the 2011 film THE NEAR FUTURE. She briefly went to the University or college of California at Santa Cruz, but fallen out of college to pursue a profession like a Portland, Oregon-based overall performance designer. She was near the top of Filmmaker Magazine’s set of “25 New Encounters of Indie Film” in 2004. She wedded movie director Mike Mills, with whom she experienced a son called Hopper in 2012. She acted alongside Billy Crudup in the film Jesus’ Child in 1999.

Quick Facts


Full Name Miranda July
Date Of Birth February 15, 1974
Place Of Birth Barre, VT
Profession Director
Education University of California, Santa Cruz
Nationality American
Spouse Mike Mills
Children Hopper Mills
Parents Richard Grossinger, Lindy Hough
Siblings Robin Grossinger
Awards Caméra d'Or, Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer, Chlotrudis Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominations Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
Movies Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Future, The Center of the World, Jesus' Son, The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, !Women Art Revolution, The Amateurist, Nest of Tens, Getting Stronger Every Day, Haysha Royko, From Tugboats to Polar Bears: Short Films by Matt McCormick, The Best of Resfest: Vol. 3
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1 Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
2 Gave birth to her first child, a boy named Hopper, in February 2012.
3 She co-produced a 7-year Internet project called "Learning to Love You More" with cinematographer Harrell Fletcher, in which over 8,000 people responded to online assignments such as "Take a picture of your parents kissing." The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently acquired the work.
4 When living in Portland, she worked as a tastemaker for a local ad agency, during which time she suggested the name "Coke II" for a new beverage. Much later, Coca-Cola rewarded her idea with a check for $25,000, which Miranda says arrived in the mail as a complete surprise.
5 Her short story collection, "No One Belongs Here More Than You," won Ireland's Cork City-Frank O'Connor award in 2007, along with a 35,000 Euro first prize.
6 Her father Richard grew up in Manhattan, near Central Park, with the surname Towers. He later took the name Grossinger after he was told his birth father was a member of the family that owned the famous Catskills mountain resort of same name. Eventually, however, he learned his real birth father was someone else.
7 In prep school, Miranda corresponded with an imprisoned murderer. She wrote a play about her experience called "The Lifers" and, at age 16, she staged it at a local punk club.
8 Dropped out of college and left California in her early 20s to live in Portland, Oregon, where she later released spoken word albums on the Kill Rock Stars label.
9 Says she has been strongly influenced by the work of directors Paul Thomas Anderson, Todd Solondz, David Gordon Green, Jane Campion, Andrea Arnold, and Spike Jonze.
10 Lived a very bohemian kind of life, growing up between ages 7 and 14 in an Arts and Crafts-style house on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California.
11 Lives in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood.
12 Met husband Mike Mills in 2005 at party after her film Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) debuted at Utah's Sundance festival, which was the year his Thumbsucker (2005) premiered there. Four years later, in the summer of 2009, they married at Mills's house in the hills of Nevada.
13 According to the writer/director in high school Miranda and her best friend worked on a fanzine named "Snarla." The two main characters of the 'zine were Ida and July; Miranda was July. Miranda was also creating her first plays and she announced one as "A New Play by Miranda July," the first time she used the pseudonym. It stuck.
14 Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard Grossinger, writers and publishers who founded North Atlantic Books.
15 She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards.
16 Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004!


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nicolas Godin: Club 9 2016 Short text
The New Yorker Presents 2016 TV Series documentary short story by - 1 episode
Somebody 2014 Short
Miranda July Introduces the Miranda 2014 Short
The Future 2011 written by
White Light 2009 Short short story
The Swim Team 2009 Short short story
Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? 2005 Short
Me and You and Everyone We Know 2005 written by
The Center of the World 2001 story
Getting Stronger Every Day 2001 Short
The Amateurist 1998 Short writer

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movie No. 1 2017 filming
Nicolas Godin: Club 9 2016 Short Narrator (voice)
Somebody 2014 Short Victoria
Portlandia 2012 TV Series Two Girls, Two Shirts Owner
The Future 2011 Sophie / Voice of Paw-Paw
Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? 2005 Short
Me and You and Everyone We Know 2005 Christine Jesperson
Nest of Tens 2000 Short
Jesus' Son 1999 Black-Eyed Nurse
The Amateurist 1998 Short Professional / Amateur

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Somebody 2014 Short
The Future 2011
Me and You and Everyone We Know 2005
Getting Stronger Every Day 2001 Short
Nest of Tens 2000 Short
The Amateurist 1998 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Light and No Land Anywhere 2016 consulting producer / executive producer
Miranda July Introduces the Miranda 2014 Short producer
Night Giant 2013 Short executive producer
Shoegazer 2010 Short executive producer

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Me and You and Everyone We Know 2005 artwork

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Getting Stronger Every Day 2001 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lemming 2014 Short special thanks
Live Life Dearest 2014 Short inspired by
Her 2013 thanks
Natural Selection 2011 thanks
Beginners 2010 thanks
I'm Here 2010 Short special thanks
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 special thanks
The Swim Team 2009 Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Half the Picture 2017 Documentary post-production Herself
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk 2017 Documentary completed Herself
Miranda July Introduces the Miranda 2014 Short Herself
Cinema 3 2011 TV Series Herself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Fabulous Picture Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Metropolis 2011 TV Series Herself
The High Bar 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Durch die Nacht mit... 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Indie Sex: Teens 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Making of 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
An Introduction to 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' by Miranda July 2006 Video documentary short Herself
Coup d'état 2003 Herself (interviewed)
The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal 2002 Documentary short Narrator

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2006 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Original Screenplay Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2006 Audience's Award Titanic International Film Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Golden Camera Cannes Film Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Critics Week Grand Prize Cannes Film Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Prix Regards Jeune Cannes Film Festival Best Feature Film Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Young Critics Award Cannes Film Festival Best Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Russell Smith Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Audience Award Los Angeles Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Jury Award Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island Best Director Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Audience Award Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island Best Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Best First Time Director Philadelphia Film Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Audience Award San Francisco International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 SKYY Prize San Francisco International Film Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Grand Prize Skip City International D-Cinema Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Best Directorial Debut Stockholm Film Festival Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2004 NHK Award Sundance Film Festival For "Me You and Everyone We Know" (USA).
2001 Main Prize Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Nest of Tens (2000)
2001 Prize of the Ministry for Development, Culture and Sports Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Nest of Tens (2000)
2000 Gecko Award Cinematexas International Short Film Festival International Competition Nest of Tens (2000)
2000 Best Debut New York Expo of Short Film Experimental Nest of Tens (2000)
2000 Silver Spire San Francisco International Film Festival New Visions - Video

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival The Future (2011)
2011 Grand Prix Ghent International Film Festival Best Film The Future (2011)
2011 Bronze Horse Stockholm Film Festival Best Film The Future (2011)
2011 Sydney Film Prize Sydney Film Festival Best Film The Future (2011)
2011 International Jury Award São Paulo International Film Festival Best Feature Film The Future (2011)
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Filmmaker Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) · Gina Kwon (producer)
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best First Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best First Screenplay Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Feature Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) · Gina Kwon
2005 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Breakthrough Director Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
2005 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Screenplay Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best First Film Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)


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#Quote
1 [on David Bowie, the musician she would most like to be] His voice is very matter of fact, poignant without any filigree. Self-inventing, daring, and my wife would be Iman.
2 [on "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" by The Kinks] It seems on the surface to be almost cartoony and silly, but actually it's quite sad. Each song is a complete world with characters and locations. Big Sky is the song of the album, the one that makes me proud to be human. I listen anytime except when I'm writing: too many words.
3 [regarding Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)] When I was going through my first movie, I was going through a really bad breakup. It was rough on me. But I was in this state where everything was kind of science-fictional. My whole world was upside down. It felt like a murder had taken place. I was alive. And he was alive. But it felt like something had been murdered.
4 I feel very blessed that I can be good to myself in that delicate, creative way. It's good to nurture yourself, and it's good for the work, because it's always got room to grow.
5 (On her parents' differing religious backgrounds) There was no one specific belief but a kind of looser spiritual believing in just about everything. I think there's something spiritual in a very day-to-day, mundane existence. It's impossible to articulate, and it's happening now, almost like a perverse secret. . . That's always sort of fascinating to me.
6 (on certain male directors) They become kind of brands. It's much harder to do that if you're a woman. That's crucial for longevity...All those men are also personal. I don't mind that, but I do mind that it's not really questioned, whereas I or another woman is looked at as so self-obsessed. Men are just not being judged in the same way. They're never going to be annoying in the same way.
7 I'm not a cinephile. My films don't reference films. I'm more interested in rhythm and feeling.
8 (About losing her virginity:) I was 16. He was a 27-year-old grad student at Berkeley. I was always interested in sex, even as a kid. Sex includes shame and humiliation and fantasies and longing. It's so dense with the kinds of things I'm interested in.
9 When I was very little, I probably wanted to be more normal. I probably wanted the Laura Ashley bedroom, and instead I got thrift-store everything.


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