JULIAN HIGGINS is a Los Angeles-based writer and director. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he earned a BFA in Film
from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the American
His AFI thesis film, THIEF, won the 2011 gold medal Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as Student Emmy Awards for Best Director and Best Drama. THIEF went on to play at over fifty film festivals around the world, winning two dozen prizes.
On the strength of the film, Emmy-winning producer-director Greg Yaitanes
brought Julian into the fold of the celebrated drama
series HOUSE. Yaitanes' mentorship led to Julian's television directing
debut – at the age of 26 – with one of the final episodes of the show.
More recently, Julian wrote and directed the 2013 short,
HERE AND NOW, starring Abigail Spencer (Rectify) and Josh Pence (The Social Network). The film was selected by Ron
Howard as the winner of Canon’s “Project Imagination” Film Contest and premiered at Lincoln Center.
Julian's latest and most ambitious short is the modern-day revisionist Western WINTER
LIGHT. Based on a story by bestselling author
James Lee Burke, the film was shot on location in rural Montana and stars Raymond J. Barry (Justified),
Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men),
Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World), Josh Pence (The Social Network), and Michael
Bofshever (United 93). WINTER LIGHT has played at over forty film festivals and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards.
Julian is represented by ICM Partners and Benderspink and is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America. He is currently working on his first feature.