CARTE BLANCHE — SCOTT MACAULAY AND TWENTY YEARS OF FILMMAKER MAGAZINE: ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (Miranda July, 2005)
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.
Friday, April 5, 4:00, and Wednesday, April 10, 4:00
Series runs April 4-15
Tickets: $12, in person only, may be applied to museum admission within thirty days, same-day screenings free with museum admission, available at Film and Media Desk
Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance "for originality of vision," performance artist Miranda July’s feature-film directorial debut is a success from start to finish, an original, engaging, and utterly charming romantic comedy that is as unique as it is familiar. July, who also wrote the screenplay, stars as a quirky young performance artist who is looking for a relationship in her rather mundane life. She immediately falls for a shoe salesman (John Hawkes) who is separating from his wife and trying to understand his kids (Brandon Ratcliff and Miles Thompson), who are having a strange online dalliance with a mystery e-mailer. Meanwhile, two high school girls (Najarra Townsend and Natasha Slayton) are sexually tormenting a bizarre loner (Brad Henke) who is sexually tormenting them right back, both humorously and dangerously. It’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off of July, whose innovative audio and visual installations and short films have been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial, the Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, Union Square Park, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival, among many other prestigious places. Me and You and Everyone We Know is screening at MoMA on April 5 & 10 as part of “Carte Blanche: Scott Macaulay and 20 Years of Filmmaker Magazine,” which celebrates the continuing success of the IFP publication that focuses on independent film from the filmmakers’ point of view. Curated by the magazine’s editor in chief, Scott Macaulay, the series runs April 4-15 and also includes such gems as Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, Nick Gomez’s Laws of Gravity, Errol Morris’s Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, Laura Poitras’s The Oath, and Todd Haynes’s Safe. “Me and You and Everyone We Know is a tremendously winning collection of interlocking stories dealing with love, longing, and the ways children and adults connect in our modern age, and it adeptly imports the concerns of July’s visual art to the world of feature films,” Macaulay writes on the MoMA website. “July was selected by Filmmaker as one its 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2004, and the film was on the cover of the magazine’s Spring 2005 issue.”