Sundance Film Festival

Miranda July on the allure of strangers

Sundance fave Miranda July’s latest book It Chooses You will probably end up in a few cool kids’ stockings Sunday morning. And why shouldn’t it? The book had its own SoHo storefront! Check out what the filmmaker-writer-performance artist has to say on theme at the heart of It Chooses You, meeting strangers.

The meat of the narrative comes from July’s own treatment for writer’s block. While she was finishing her the script for THE FUTURE, July stayed on course by occasionally distracting herself with her local edition of The Pennysaver. It Chooses You weaves July’s tumultuous quest to finish her screenplay with the characters she meets through her Pennysaver adventures. Her distraction techniques obviously worked, since THE FUTURE was a big hit at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Writing can a pretty solitary existence, and when you spend so much time on the same material it can feel like a loveless marriage (or so I’ve been told). It’s easy to see how the experience of meeting strangers (and negating their strangeness) could be so refreshing.