Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child's 12 year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). It sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star.
This digital screening includes a moderated filmmaker conversation that will be on demand with the film. The Q&A features director and producers Julie Cohen and Betsy West, moderated by Anne Thompson Editor at Large at IndieWire.
Closed Captioning is available for both the film and filmmaker conversation. ASL is available for the Q&A only.
Julie Cohen, Director/Producer
Julie Cohen is the Academy Award® nominated, Emmy® winning director and producer of RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films, 2018) along with Betsy West. Her film My Name is Pauli Murray, also directed with West, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Previous films she’s directed include The Sturgeon Queens (7th Art Releasing; Berlinale, 2015; Best of the Fest, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival), and Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (2014 New York Emmy® Award for Best Arts Program). Before she started making documentaries, Julie was a longtime staff producer for NBC News. She's been an enthusiastic amateur cook and baker ever since her parents bought her a Cuisinart for her bat mitzvah in the 1970s.
Betsy West, Director/Producer
Betsy West is an Academy Award®-nominated Emmy® winning director/producer of RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films, 2018), along with Julie Cohen. Most recently, she and Cohen directed My Name is Pauli Murray (Participant/Amazon Studios), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. Betsy was executive producer of the MAKERS PBS/AOL documentary and digital series about the modern women’s movement, and the feature documentary The Lavender Scare (PBS, 2019). As an ABC News producer and executive producer of the documentary series Turning Point, she won 21 Emmy® awards. Betsy is the Fred W. Friendly Professor Emerita at Columbia Journalism School.