Miranda July's The Future and 'Eleven Heavy Things': This Week's LA Weekly Cover Story

Miranda July's The Future and 'Eleven Heavy Things': This Week's LA Weekly Cover Story
Kevin Scanlon

In case you haven't seen it on newsstands, this week's LA Weekly cover story is on Miranda July, written by our film critic Karina Longworth.

Karina tags along with July during the installation and then the opening of her new exhibit "Eleven Heavy Things," an interactive sculpture installation outside of the Pacific Design Center, which she connects to July's new movie The Future. Karina writes:

July's name has come to serve as a kind of shorthand for what constitutes "hipster" as much as, say, Zooey Deschanel or Dave Eggers -- and like the indie film actress and the author-publisher, there's something about July that inspires the use of words like precious and precocious as pejoratives. Her work -- in its faux-oblivious dodging of sarcasm and cynicism, its use of childlike affectation to explore the invisible, mutable line between juvenile and adult, and its often proudly literal stating of anxieties that usually go unspoken -- inspires eye-rolling and even bullylike behavior from a cool-kid crowd more comfortable with snark and ironic appreciation. The push against such disaffection is part of July's wider project.

"To me, it's like, otherwise, how do you know if it's good, you know? Unless it's true," July says.

Read the full story here: Miranda July's New Film The Future and MOCA Exhibit "Eleven Heavy Things"


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