Julie Ludwig is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer from the swamps of Florida. She creates grassroots, no-budget films that center folks fighting for social justice and liberation. Julie’s style lies at the intersection of handmade aesthetics and the cinematics of everyday life.
After studying Cinematography at the Film and TV School of the Performing Arts in Prague, Julie continued her engagement with experimental film and video as a collective member and later Program Director at Paper Tiger Television. Julie led the effort to preserve and archive its historic collection of subversive, irreverent public access television, and supported the work of a community of artists and activists. She is also the co-founder of Reels for Radicals, a film series bringing together filmmakers, community organizers, and audiences to confront urgent social issues with depth and thoughtfulness.
Her work has been screened at MIT, as part of a guerrilla projection at New Museum, galleries and art spaces across New York City, and at film festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Julie is currently traveling the U.S. as one half of KANTA Collaborative, working on film and new media projects visualizing environmental landscapes on a geologic time scale, and dissecting the biopolitics of American immigration policy at the border.
Screenings and Exhibitions
State of Emergency, 2017-2018
Prayer for Water
A collective video projection event conceived in response to the current political crisis, composed of short video clips by 60 artists and filmmakers, brought together in a creative, poetic and resonant manner in an act of community and solidarity. A guerrilla projection/installation on the exterior of New Museum.
[LIST PROJECTS] Civil Disobedience, 2017
Prayer for Water
MIT LIST Visual Arts Center presented a program of documentaries, news footage, artist’s films and videos focusing on moments of political resistance and public demonstration from the early 20th century through today.
SF Urban Film Festival, 2017
Eulogy for the Dyke Bar
Sidewalk Film Festival, 2016
Yeah, That's What She Said, 2015
The Trans Healthcare Project
FAMU Fest, 2013