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Watch: Miranda July's New 10-Minute Short Film 'Somebody'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 8:44 AM
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Somebody
Artist, author and filmmaker Miranda July can now add a new job title to her CV: app engineer. July has taken another step into the digital era after teaching everyone what ))<>(( means in "Me And You And Everyone We Know." She has created an app called "Somebody," and an accompanying ten minute film of the same name which makes its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week. And if you can't make it to Venice, you can just watch it below.

20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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20 great Debut/female directors
One of the less reported stories of this August’s film schedule is that the month not only saw three films released that were directed by women, but they were in fact three feature debuts — Lake Bell’s “In A World” opened to a rapturous reception (including ours) on the 9th, Jerusha Hess’ “Austenland” bowed the following week, and this Friday Jill Solloway’s “Afternoon Delight” begins its run (our review is here). One swallow, or even three, may not make a summer, but these green shoots must certainly be promising for those in favor of changing the current female:male ratio in the film directing profession (which runs at 1 to 15.24 in the U.S. according to a Sundance Institute report) to a number that isn’t so outrageously out of whack that you have to keep double checking it. Yep, it’s 1:15.24.

Review: 'The Future' Showcases A Vital Filmmaker Still Sowing Her Oats

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 28, 2011 4:31 AM
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In “Another Earth,” Mike Cahill’s recent science fiction picture, a cataclysmic event provides the backdrop for a small-scale human story about tragedy and mourning. In the upcoming Evan Glodell-directed “Bellflower,” the characters plan for an oncoming apocalypse just as one of them deals with a devastating broken heart. And now we have “The Future,” where writer-director Miranda July ponders our every day roles within the framework of what tomorrow holds. Clearly, there’s a movement of indie directors concerned about What It All Means.

Miranda July Cut An "Accidentally Porny" Sex Scene From 'The Future'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 26, 2011 2:47 AM
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Dead Cats, Dirty Limericks, Getting Locked In A Closet & More We Learned About Miranda July's LatestWhen our own James Rocchi saw Miranda July's latest film, "The Future" at Sundance back in January, he noted the film succeeded "as a single story about the terrifying possibilities of life, the uncertainty of love and the certainty of the passage of time." A month later, we caught up with July at SXSW, she mirrored his thoughts on the film calling "The Future" a "a horror movie about facing the void, the empty moment where you don’t know what to do with yourself." And it's in that pre-mid-life crisis of sorts that "The Future" finds its compelling pulse.

SXSW: Miranda July Says 'The Future' Is Her Version Of A Horror Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 7:39 AM
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And More We Learned About Her New FilmFew working filmmakers are as divisive as Miranda July. Her first film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was to some, one of the best films of the last decade, but to others was barely watchable insufferable hipster bait. We're firmly in the former camp, and as such have been keenly anticipating her sophomore feature, "The Future," for some years. Our man at Sundance suggested that great things had again emerged from the polymathic helmer, and we were delighted to discover at SXSW that the wait had been worthwhile; "The Future" is less immediate than its predecessor, but just as rewarding.

Sundance '11: Roadside Attraction Sees 'The Future'; Focus Features Picks Up 'Pariah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2011 6:46 AM
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While the Sundance Film Festival will come to an end on Sunday, buyers are still busy trying to close deals before they'll have to head back to their various offices around the country and the globe.

Sundance '11 Review: Miranda July's 'The Future' Is Surreal, Precious, Devastating & Brilliant

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  • January 23, 2011 12:48 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.Following up her debut "Me and You and Everyone We Know," Miranda July's "The Future" not only echoes the qualities (and quality) of that film but expands on them in rich and fascinating ways. An L.A. couple (July and Hamish Linklater) are intent on adopting a cat they rescued. They realize that when the cat is released from medical care in a month, their lives will change, be set, connected by responsibility and care to a future both unimaginable and wholly predictable. (“We’re 35 now ... by the time the cat dies, we’ll be 40 ... and 40 might as well be 50 ... and after that, spare change.” “Spare change?” “Less than a dollar-- not enough to get anything you want …”).

Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus,' Miranda July's 'The Future' & Wim Wenders' 'Pina' Added To Berlinale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2010 2:22 AM
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Sundance is obviously a great festival, and sets the pace for the rest of the year, as far as domestic indie cinema goes. But for more international fare, it's sometimes a little bit lacking, and fans of subtitled cinema tend to cast their eyes to the Berlinale in February, which, while often featuring highlights from the Park City line-up and premieres from American auteurs (last year saw the likes of "Please Give," "Greenberg" and "Shutter Island" make the schedule), also features the highlights from European cinema that'll do the rounds at festivals for the rest of the year -- the 2010 version saw Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," "Submarino" and "A Somewhat Gentle Man" all make their debuts.

Jon Brion Scoring Miranda July's Upcoming Film 'The Future'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2010 7:14 AM
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The Official Synopsis Has Also ArrivedOk, Miranda July's "The Future" heading to Sundance? We maybe should have waited a beat. Earlier today, an IonCinema report said, July's new relationships-in-turmoil drama was heading to Utah, but upon reflection there's no sourcing of that claim. We quickly emailed the writer who said, vaguely, "that's not official." Sigh, ok, whatever. We started our own digging and it turns out a hopeful speculation we made back in 2008 is correct: lauded composer/musician Jon Brion -- known for his beloved "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," "Punch Drunk Love," and "I Heart Huckabees" scores -- is writing the music to July's latest.

Miranda July's New Film, 'The Future' Heading To Sundance After All?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 13, 2010 4:22 AM
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When the so-far lackluster 2011 Sundance Film Festival line-up was announced earlier this month, several pictures we expected to land at the festival were missing, but topping the list was Miranda July's upcoming "The Future."

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