Miranda July

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Miranda July
Writer, artist, and director of The Future, in theaters later this year.
I often daydream about... Sex. All types of fantasies are the foundation for creativity—it's about turning your longing and desire into something more productive.

I feel most creative when... I write down my dreams. It's the best way to start a day of artistic work. Writing sends a message to my mind saying, Creativity is important today.

I'm inspired by... Small things. While living in Berlin, I found a gum-ball machine that dispensed really weird items like a skull-and-crossbones earring and a little rubber baby—never the same thing twice. I imagined a whole story about the person who was filling that machine.

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