Julia Haslett

Carrboro, North Carolina, United States


London-born, North Carolina-based filmmaker Julia Haslett makes expressionistic documentaries about contemporary and historical subjects. Her feature-length documentary, An Encounter with Simone Weil, premiered at IDFA, won Michael Moore's Special Founder's Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival, and was a New York Magazine Critic's Pick during its 2012 US theatrical run. She is producer/director of the highly acclaimed Worlds Apart series about cross-cultural medicine, and producer of the companion hour-long documentary Hold Your Breath (PBS 2007). Her films have screened at numerous festivals around the world, including Full Frame, Sarasota, Dokufest Kosovo, DOXA, and the London International Documentary Film Festival. Julia has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the IFP Documentary Lab, and her work has been supported by the Vital Projects Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Florence Gould Foundation, among many others. She has worked at WGBH-Boston, the Discovery Channel, and as a Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. Julia got her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2011. From 2013–2014, she was a Visiting Associate Professor and Head of Film & Video Production in The University of Iowa's Department of Cinematic Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.