This weeks Director Profile takes a look at Independent Film Maker, performance artist, musician and author - Miranda July. Miranda July was raised in Berkeley, California, where as a teenager, she began writing plays and staging them at a local all-ages club. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. She wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, was published by Scribner in 2007 and won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She lives in Los Angeles and is currently working on her second feature film. In Me and You and Everyone We Know Miranda's charachter Christine is a lonely artist and “Eldercab” driver who uses her fantastical artistic visions to draw her aspirations and objects of desire closer to her. Richard a newly single shoe salesman and father of two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets Christine, he panics. Life is not so oblique for Richard’s seven-year-old Robby, who is having a risqué Internet romance with a stranger, and his fourteen- year-old brother Peter who becomes the guinea pig for neighborhood girls— practicing for their future of romance and marriage. In July’s modern world, the mundane is transcendent and everyday people become radiant characters who speak their innermost thoughts, act on secret impulses, and experience truthful human moments that at times approach the surreal. They seek together-ness through tortured routes and find redemption in small moments that connect them to someone else on earth. For those who have seen Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda's book No Body Belongs Here More Then You is collection of stories that will have a familiar feel. It is an unsettling experience sometimes to see the world through July's eyes but there is an innocence in her characters which is incredibly endearing and which means that even the strangest of them can arouse our sympathy. Innocence does not mean that these stories are soft in any way. On the contrary, July has the ability to cut through her own setups with a moment that will suddenly shift your perspective. In 'Majesty' we meet a middle aged woman obsessed with Prince William but as we read we see that her sex-life has always been lived vicariously through her sisters exploits and how symbiotic this relationship is. http://mirandajuly.com