Julia Halperin

Professor at Emerson College

Julia Halperin is a filmmaker who works in multiple formats. Her cinematic interests include twisting and elevating genre, using landscape to externalize character, and disrupting narrative expectations.

Julia’s most recent feature is the psychological suspense film Barracuda, which premiered in the Narrative Competition of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The film was developed at IFP Project Forum, CineMart, and the Venice Biennale College — Cinema. Previously, she produced, co-directed, and edited Now, Forager, which had its World Premiere in 2012 at International Film Festival Rotterdam and its North American Premiere at New Directors/New Films. The film was included in several critics’ best-of-the-year lists, including the Museum of Modern Art’s “Contenders” series. Julia and her co-director Jason Cortlund were nominated for a Breakthrough Director award from the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards.

Her short films and video installations have screened widely in the U.S. and abroad and have received support from Yaddo, the Texas Filmmaker’s Production Fund, the Liberace Foundation, the Hershey Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Contracts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.