Miranda July, ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’

Sundance alum

“I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. “I didn’t know what the next step in my life would be,” July recalls, “and I think that was partly because I never went to art school and never had any mentors.”

For the Directors Lab, July brought five scenes from her screenplay and filmed them with a skeleton professional crew, an experience that taught her the logistics of navigating a film set as well as an even bigger lesson: “That I could be helped. There was not only no shame in that, but you could be much more daring with the feeling (since) there were people all around you supporting you.”

Ed Harris and Sally Field were lab mentors that year. When July told them she absolutely would not cast widely known actors in her film, Harris agreed, telling her, “This is just a treasure. Don’t let them talk you into casting stars.”

“I kept that in me through all those pitch meetings,” says the writer-director, who also starred in her film.

More Scene

  • Ryan Murphy Pose

    Ryan Murphy on 'Showrunning as Advocacy' and the Post-Me Too 'Age of Enlightenment'

    “I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. […]

  • 'The Sinner' film premiere

    Jessica Biel Closes Her Kid-Friendly Au Fudge Restaurant

    “I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. […]

  • Comedy Converstion with L to R:

    Just for Laughs Festival Honors Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Gadsby, More

    “I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. […]

  • Paul Krassner Memoir Illustration

    Paul Krassner on Resisting With Humor

    “I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. […]

  • Just for Laughs Festival Montreal

    Just for Laughs Festival Is the Coachella of Comedy

    “I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. […]

  • National Comedy Center Set To Open

    National Comedy Center Set To Open During Lucille Ball Fest

    “I had gotten about as far as you could get being a writer and performer living in Portland, Oregon,” says July, a performance and video-installation artist. She had been accustomed to striking out on her own when Sundance accepted her script “Me and You and Everyone We Know” at the 2003 Screenwriters and Directors Labs. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content