Miranda July (born February 1, 1974) is a performance artist, musician, writer, and film director. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, after having lived for many years in Portland, Oregon. Born Miranda Jennifer Grossinger, she works under the surname of "July" because she says it is the month that most facilitates her creativity.
She was born in Barre, Vermont (Timothy Leary was her godfather), grew up in Berkeley, California, and later attended UC Santa Cruz. After leaving college, she moved to Portland and took up performance art. Her performances were successful, as she has been quoted as saying she has not worked a day job since she was 23 years old.
Filmmaker Magazine rated her number one in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004. After winning a slot in a Sundance workshop, she developed her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, which opened in 2005. The film won The CamÃ©ra d'Or in The Cannes Festival 2005.
She recorded her first EP for Kill Rock Stars in 1996, entitled "Margie Ruskie Stops Time," with music by The Need. After that, she released two more full-length LPs, both distributed by Kill Rock Stars, and an additional EP with IQU in 1999 on K Records.
Her short story "The Boy from Lam Kien" was published in 2005 as a special-edition book with illustration by Elinor Nissley and Emma Hedditch.