Julia is an award-winning American filmmaker and actress of film and theatre. She is the founder of Shelter Film, a New York-based independent film company dedicated to creating films about women and minorities, made by female-identifying and minority filmmakers.
Shelter's current project, THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL, a feature in development, is the true, untold story of the last witch hunt in Scotland.
THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL is a quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft Film Fund 2019 and has won the following awards:
Best Screenplay - Big Apple Women's Film Festival 2019
Best Screenplay - Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018
Best Dialogue - Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018
Shelter’s inaugural project, '116', a film Julia directed, wrote, and produced, with a female-majority, intersectional crew, has screened in over 50 festivals and won 26 awards
Best Short Film - European Independent Film Awards 2018
Best Narrative Short Film – Gold Award – Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Director – Gold Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Cinematography – Silver Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Editing – Gold Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Actress – Gold Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Supporting Actor – Silver Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Female Filmmaker - Direct Short Online Film Festival 2018
Best Comedy - Global Film Festival Awards Los Angeles 2018
Best Female Director - Sicily International Film Awards 2018
Best Producer - Oniros Film Awards 2018
Best Short Film - Worldwide Women's International Film Festival 2018
Best Short Film - Mykonos Film Festival 2017
Best Short Film - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Director - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Female Director - European Cinematography Awards 2017
Best Actress - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Actress - Symi International Film Festival 2017
Best Actress - American Filmatic Arts Awards 2017
Best Film Idea - Mediterranean Film Festival 2017
Spotlight Award for Excellence - Elevation Film Awards 2017
Award for Distinction - Canada Shorts International Film Festival 2017
Best Lighting - Creation International Film Festival 2017
Best Color Treatment - Creation International Film Festival 2017
Best Visual Effects - Worldwide Women's International Film Festival 2018
In addition to Shelter Film, Julia founded Shelter Theatre Group NYC, a company dedicated to equality on stage, through gender-blind, age-blind, and color-blind casting. She has produced and directed 13 productions in NYC, including the critically acclaimed Macbeth on LES.
As an actress, film and TV appearances include starring in NBCUniversal's Dementia 13, Shelter Film's 116, Ryan Lonergan's Kill the Monsters, Pamanhikan (Vale Film Festival winner); Pink Moon (Big Apple Film Festival winner); A Day with Conrad Greene; Homicide City, One Life To Live (ABC); Tattinger’s, and The Equalizer, to name a select few.
Julia has appeared Off Broadway as Hecate in the OBIE, Drama League, and Drama Desk Award-winning hit show Sleep No More produced by Punchdrunk; Villainous Company; and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Queen’s Company’s The Wonder; as well as with Theatre Askew, Red Bull Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Folger Shakespeare.