Movie Night with Miranda July: Jane Campion shorts
Thursday, July 14, 2011
We’re proud to welcome back Miranda July, the noted writer-director and star of Me and You and Everyone We Know, to the IFC Center. She’ll appear in person Thursday, July 14 at 8:00pm to present a special screening of some personal favorites: Jane Campion’s (The Piano, Bright Star) rarely screened early short films. July will then discuss the films and her own work in an extended conversation with Filmmaker magazine editor Scott Macaulay.
The program’s shorts offer early examples of Campion’s visual flair and dark humor. A GIRL’S OWN STORY is about Beatlemania, the sixties and growing up. PASSIONLESS MOMENTS is comprised of a series of wry vignettes: “Sean and Arnold Not Speaking,” “Angela Eats Meats,” “Ironing on Sunday” and others. Finally PEEL, winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at Cannes, takes place on a hot Australian summer’s day when a recalcitrant, freckled, red-headed family of three go on a Sunday drive in the country that results in an intrigue of awesome belligerence.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney biennials. July’s debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at Cannes, including the Camera d’Or; it inaugurated the IFC Center in June 2005, where, after a five-month run, it remains one of our top-performing films ever. July’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her award-winning collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), has been published in twenty countries. Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
We’re opening July’s latest film, the Sundance and Berlin hit THE FUTURE, for an exclusive engagement in its US theatrical premiere July 29.