Filmmaker Bios

Julia MeltzerJulia Meltzer (Director, Producer) is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She founded and directs Clockshop, a nonprofit arts organization that produces public projects and documentaries. Her film and video work with David Thorne has been awarded prizes at the European Media Art Festival and the Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival and has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, the Toronto International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Meltzer is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and she was a senior Fulbright fellow in Damascus, Syria from 2005 to 2006. She received her bachelor's degree from Brown University and her master of fine arts degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Meltzer is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proficient in the Levantine Arabic dialect.

Laura NixLaura Nix (Director, Producer)recently co-wrote California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. Her nonfiction work has been shown on HBO and the History Channel, in addition to being distributed internationally on DVD. She is the writer/director of the narrative feature The Politics of Fur, which played in more than 70 film festivals internationally and won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Award at Outfest. She produced the festival hit The Yes Men Fix the World, about the gonzo political activist duo of the title, and is currently producing their next film, The Yes Men Are Revolting.