Director Biography – Julie Lipson (THE RIVER)

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Julie Lipson is a screenwriter who grew up in Nevada City and now lives in LA, who has never directed her own work until… THE RIVER.

In 2017, Julie sold a television series called Excess to Universal Cable Productions and E! Network. She also recently sold a series to Super Deluxe, based on the New York Times Bestselling Y/A novel, Obedience, and wrote the one-hour pilot for the studio. Julie’s one-hour pilot, Children of the Sun, was set up at Echo Lake, where she developed the script with director Keith Gordon (Homeland, Fargo).

On the feature side, Julie’s environmental survivor thriller Rust Creek is on the festival circuit and recently sold to IFC Midnight. She has written two other features for Lunacy, most notably, The Man Who Knew Belle Starr, about a 13-year-old girl with homicidal tendencies, and the ex-con who comes into her life and changes it forever.

Julie holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California with a thesis in television writing. She was the winner of the graduate student script competition both years she attended USC. Before her writing career Julie graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a joint major in film and English, and was awarded a Bread Loaf Writer’s Scholarship for poetry.

She grew up in Nevada City, California, was a California Junior Miss (talent) and an American Scholarship Winner for Piano Performance at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

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