Acclaimed Filmmaker, Artist, and Writer Miranda July to Visit Hendrix

July (credit Todd Cole) for Kroll Project 20140127CONWAY, Ark. (January 27, 2014) – Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Miranda July will present “LOST CHILD!” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium. 

The event, sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation for Literature and Language, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Mills Lobby. For more information, contact Henryetta Vanaman at 501-450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu.

July wrote, directed, and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. Her most recent film is The Future (2011), which she wrote and directed and stars in. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials.

Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty countries. Her latest book is It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011). She is currently working on a novel entitled The First Bad Man, to be published by Scribner in early 2015.

In 2000 July created the seminal participatory website, Learning to Love You More, with artist Harrell Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel); the work is now in the collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She designed Eleven Heavy Things, an interactive sculpture garden, for the 2009 Venice Biennale; it was also presented in Union Square in New York (2010) and by MOCA in Los Angeles (2011). Her email-based artwork, We Think Alone (commissioned by Magasin 3, Stockholm), launched in July 2013 with nearly 100,000 subscribers and continues through November 2013. 

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu

Portrait of Miranda July by Todd Cole.