USC Roski Talks: Julia Meltzer

Julia Meltzer, Director, Clockshop

Lecture: Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6pm-8pm
Free and open to all
No tickets required
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Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S Flower Street at 30th
Los Angeles 90007

Julia Meltzer is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of Clockshop, an arts organization that commissions and produces projects by artists and writers. Founded in 2004 with the mission to expand the dialogue around cultural production, politics and urban space, Clockshop has produced over 30 projects in Los Angeles over the last decade including most recently, Radio Imagination; Artists and Writers in the Archives of Octavia E. Butler, in partnership with the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.  

 Meltzer has directed two feature films.  After Aleppo, forthcoming in 2017, about a Syrian mother and daughter who seek refuge in the US from war in Syria, and The Light In Her Eyes, about a Qur'an school for women and girls in Damascus, Syria. The Light In Her Eyes was broadcast on the POV series on PBS in 2012, and toured the world with the Sundance Film Forward program. Meltzer lived in Damascus, Syria from 2005-6 as a Senior Fulbright Fellow teaching journalism and filmmaking at the University of Damascus. She returned every year to work and film until 2010.  Her film and video work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, and The Toronto International Film Festival. Meltzer is a recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She has taught at Hampshire College, UC Irvine and the California Institute for the Arts.