Julia Fuller is from Oakland, California. She studied cognitive psychology, photography, and lighting design for theater at Barnard College. She worked in lighting in New York for plays, art shows, improv comedy, live music at the Bowery Ballroom and Southpaw, and at Downtown Community Television where she learned to shoot.

After working at the Center for Digital Storytelling and Berkeley Community Media, she earned her MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Merging her interests in community media and socially relevant documentary with the abstract/conceptual qualities of photography, lighting design, and cinematography, Julia’s work is loosely defined as experimental documentary. She combines formats such as animation and hand-crafted recreations shot in macro with live action, 16mm with video, and interview audio with written stories. Physical and built environments are also primary characters in her work, and one reason film is her medium of choice is its unique capacity for conveying how people experience space. Her recent films—Illness Magnified, about the experience, language, and spaces of illness, and Every Speed, about perspectives on body movement, transportation, and dependence for people with and without physical disabilities—aim to portray what are thought to be ‘universal’ experiences in a unique way that highlights and explores difference, and encourages awareness and empathy about issues including illness, disability, and marginalized communities and groups. Julia continues to work on projects related to urban design, health, and LGBTQI experiences.

Julia’s work is relevant across disciplines/genres/communities and reaches a broad audience. She has screened at experimental, documentary, urban planning, ethnography, science, fantasy, and queer film festivals across the U.S, Canada, Europe and Australia as well as at disability and policy conferences, writing symposiums, on television, and in undergraduate courses. Every Speed, a collaboration with Lindsey Martin, won the Premio Asolo Award for Best Film on Architecture at the AsoloArtFilmFestival in Italy and the award for Best Urban Sociology Film at the New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles. Illness Magnified won the award for Best Editing at the Diamond Screen Festival and the jury award for unique perspective at the RxSM film Expo in Austin, Texas.

Julia taught the graduate cinematography lab and undergraduate media arts labs at Temple University as well as video production to adults at People’s Emergency Center and Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corporation as part of the Artist and Healthcare Training Program. In Chicago, she taught video production to teenagers through the After School Matters program and Community TV Network.

In addition to working on her own films, Julia loves to collaborate and crew for others’ projects and currently freelances in Chicago. She primarily works as a DP, Director, and Editor but has experience in every production role. Julia has worked on narrative and documentary films, commercials, web videos, art installations, performance and event videos.