Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2004
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 minutes

Miranda July means movies, performances, recordings, and combinations of these things. Her short film "Nest of Tens" was shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial for which July was also commissioned to produce a sound installation, The Drifters. Miranda was again invited to participate in the 2004 Whitney Biennial with her participatory website,, created with support from the Creative Capital Foundation and in collaboration with artist Harrell Fletcher. July's multi-media performances (Love Diamond, The Swan Tool, How I Learned to Draw) have been presented at venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and The Kitchen in New York. July's stories can be read in The Paris Review and The Harvard Review and her radio performances can be heard regularly on NPR's The Next Big Thing. She made her feature film acting debut in Alison Maclean's Jesus' Son and directed a music video for the band Sleater Kinney. She was born in Barre, Vermont in 1974 and currently lives in Los Angeles.

The program screening of her four short films will be led by Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is assistant professor of contemporary art history at the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked with Miranda July on "Joanie 4 Jackie" in the mid-1990s, and her interview with July appreared in the Spring 2004 issue of Camera Obscura. Bryan-Wilson will discuss July's relationship to the multiple audiences of feminist performance, video art, punk, and independent film.

Immediately after this program Miranda July's feature debut "Me, You, and Everyone We Know" (see page 45) will have it's Cleveland Premiere. (additional ticket required).

Her short films have been screened internationally at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. And now at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

The Amateurist, 1998
14 minutes

Written, directed, and performed by Miranda July

A "professional" woman monitors an "amateur" woman (both played by July) via video surveillance, as she has for the last four and a half years. She has never had contact with the amateur, but synthesizes a sense of communication and control through numbers, knobs, and careful language.

Nest of Tens, 2000

27 minutes

Made with a grant from the Andrea Frank Foundation

Written and directed by Miranda July

Starring Polly Bilchuk, Peter Borden, Eva Rioselo, Michael Loggins, Lindsay Beamish, Richard Greiling, Miranda July, and Aidan McClean

Nest of Tens is comprised of four alternating stories that reveal mundane yet personal methods of control. These systems are derived from intuitive sources. Children and a developmentally disabled adult operate control panels made out of paper, lists, monsters and their own bodies.

Getting Stronger Every Day, 2001

6 minutes, 30 seconds

Commissioned by the Lux Center for Pandaemonium

Written and directed by Miranda July

Starring Richard Greiling, Carrie Brownstein, and Mia Cianciulli

Getting Stronger Every Day captures the experience of becoming lost and found, from moment to moment, and over the course of a lifetime. This is played out in mundanely poignant tableaus in which the spirit realm manifests in lo-tech effects and remembered TV movies.

"There are two movies I saw on TV about boys who were taken from their families and then returned to them years later. One boy was on a fun spaceship for years and the other boy was kidnapped and molested. These boys were never the same again and they just couldn't re-integrate into the family. I saw these movies when I was little. I've often described them to people, always paired together. They are sort of the comedy and tragedy version of the same story and it is a mundanely spiritual story. Getting Stronger Every Day includes these boys' tales, but they are like mystical objects placed on the living reality of the man storyteller. In other parts of the movie actual mystical objects hover in peoples lives without a myth or story attached. I like to think about how these dimensions interact simply and can be enacted: real life / story / worldly / spirit / video / flat drawing."

?Miranda July

Haysha Royko, 2003

3 minutes, 52 seconds

Animation by Jajal Jemison

Shot in the Portland International Airport, Portland, OR.

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