Julia Haslett makes expressionistic documentaries about contemporary and historical subjects. Her feature An Encounter with Simone Weil premiered at IDFA, won the Special Founder's Prize at Traverse City, and was a New York Magazine Critic's Pick in 2012. She is producer/director of the Worlds Apart series about cross-cultural medicine, and producer of the companion documentary Hold Your Breath (PBS 2007). Julia has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and IFP Documentary Lab, and worked at WGBH-Boston, Discovery, and as Filmmaker-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. She received her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY), and has taught at Hunter College, University of Iowa, and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where she is an Assistant Professor of Media Production. Her work-in-progress film Pushed up the Mountain journeys from Scotland to the Chinese Himalayas to reveal conservationists determined to protect the environment’s future by invoking its past.