It Chooses You

It Chooses You

By Miranda July; Brigitte Sire (Photographer)

McSweeney's Books, Paperback, 9781938073014, 218pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 2012


In the summer of 2009 Miranda July was struggling to write her second screenplay, The Future, when she began to obsessively read the PennySaver classified ads. The iconic Los Angeles newsprint booklet served a computerless demographica quickly disappearing group, but one rife with stories. Who was the person selling the LARGE LEATHER JACKET, $10 OR BEST OFFER? It seemed important to find out, or, at least it was a great distraction from the screenplay.

Working with photographer Brigitte Sire, July interviewed thirteen PennySaver sellers to create portraits of their surprisingly moving, profoundly specific realities. Among these was Joe, an energetic 82-year-old with his own sweetly perverse body of artwork. By the end of the summer, July had written Joe into the movie as himself and the voice of the moon.

July reveals her hilariously random and blindly faithful creative process as we travel with her all over the city, and eventually to the set of The Future (in theaters in July). Combining narrative, interviews, and photographs, this book tells the story not only of the making of a movie in Los Angeles, but of the city itself.

About the Author
Miranda July is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. Her stories have appeared in "The New Yorker, The Paris Review, " and "Harper s. "The story collection" No One Belongs Here More Than You "won the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. She wrote, directed, and starred in "The Future". Her film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know", received a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d Or at Cannes. In 2014 she debuted the audience-participatory performance, New Society, at the Walker Art Center, and launched the messaging service app, Somebody.