MIRANDA JULY IS MOST WIDELY RECOGNIZED today as a filmmaker and fiction writer. Her first feature film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, 2005, garnered prizes at both Sundance and Cannes; her first collection of fiction, No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories, is due from Scribner in May. But she initially attracted attention in the mid-’90s for her work in performance art. While July’s first efforts in this discipline appeared in a popular context (a longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, she was regularly an opening act for bands like Sleater-Kinney), she has since performed in more explicitly artcentric venues, incorporating a fluid multimedia mix of film and video, music, and audience participation. Whether on stage, on paper, or on celluloid, she typically combines whimsy, sentimental confession, and black humor to tell stories of troubled relationships.

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