Miranda July sadly hasn’t directed a feature since 2011’s “The Future.” But the talented multi-hyphenate will launch her latest interactive performance piece in a special two-night run during the San Francisco International Film Festival. This theater experiment first premiered on the east coast last year.
“New Society,” set to premiere April 28 at the Brava Theater Center, investigates how groups form, change and disintegrate and will, according to the San Francisco Film Society, test the limits of what is possible in two hours with a roomful of strangers.
July won SFIFF’s New Director prize for her 2005 Sundance debut “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” a creepy, beautiful and button-smashing comedy that also entwined strangers of disparate ages in uncomfortable scenarios. In her just-published first novel “The First Bad Man” and tender 2005 short story collection “No One Belongs Here More Than You,” July observes similar themes of alienation and social boundaries with in-your-face sexual frankness.
Though she has directed shorts, July has no new film on the horizon. So this will have to do.
San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) have teamed up to co-present this west coast premiere on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 at the Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street).