Gagosian Quarterly – Miranda July: On Nichols Canyon (Short Film)

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Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer.

She wrote, directed, and starred in The Future (2011) and Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), the latter of which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. After much critical acclaim, the film was re-released by The Criterion Collection in 2020. Miranda’s third feature film, Kajillionaire, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the “Best Queer Films of 2020” by IndieWire. It was acquired by Focus Features and released in theaters in the Fall of 2020.

Miranda directed a short film inspired by David Hockney’s “Nichols Canyon,” which she released alongside an essay for art magazine Gagosian Quarterly. She previously published a collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been circulated in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. Her book, It Chooses You, was her first book of nonfiction, and her most recent book, The First Bad Man, is a novel.

Miranda’s participatory artworks include the website  Learning to Love You More with artist Harrell Fletcher, Eleven Heavy Things  (a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale), New Society (a performance), and Somebody (a messaging app created with Miu Miu). She has also made an interfaith charity shop in Selfridges department store in London, presented by Artangel. 

Miranda continues to push into new mediums; She’s built a following of tens of thousands of Instagram followers through her candidness and wide-ranging artistic expression.

Raised in Berkeley, California, Miranda currently lives in Los Angeles.