The Dinner Party Download featuring Miranda July

Director and actress Miranda July
Director and actress Miranda July attends the 'The Future' Photocall during day six of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 15, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
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Guest of Honor: Miranda July

Performance artist, writer, director and actor Miranda July's new movie is called "The Future" — in which she portrays a 30-something LA-ite paralyzed creatively and emotionally. It's clearly not autobiographical. July tells Brendan about the first film she's made since the acclaimed "Me, You And Everyone We Know," panic attacks, and her childhood name.

To hear much more from July — and a song from Lana Del Rey — head to for the full show.

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