JULIAN HIGGINS is Los Angeles-based writer and director. Since catching the filmmaking bug in seventh grade, Julian earned a BFA in Film from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the world-famous American Film Institute.
His AFI thesis film, THIEF – inspired by a little-known incident in the early life of Saddam Hussein – won the Narrative Gold Medal at the 2011 Student Academy Awards, as well as Best Drama and Best Director honors at the 2011 Student Emmy Awards. THIEF also won the AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award, the Grand Prize Vision Award at the Heartland Film Festival, the Angelus Film Festival’s Triumph of the Spirit Award, and twenty other prizes. The film played in over fifty festivals worldwide.
On the strength of THIEF, Emmy-winning producer-director Greg Yaitanes invited Julian to shadow him during the final season of the acclaimed television drama HOUSE. That mentorship by Yaitanes led to Julian's television directing debut - at the age of 26 - with the HOUSE episode entitled "Blowing the Whistle."
Julian is repped by ICM Partners and is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America. In addition to pursuing further TV directing, he is currently developing several feature film projects.
Tells the haunting story of Mehdi, an Iraqi boy who unwittingly befriends the young Saddam Hussein in 1959. Forty years later, in 2003, the two men come face-to-face a second time, and Mehdi must weigh his desire for revenge against his need to make peace with the past.