Curriculum Vitae


Green Desert (in post-production)
We Will Go, Believing (postponed*)
Places Disturbed (13 min, 2019)
friendfilm (4:14, 2019)
Sengoko, “The Keep” music video (3:14, 2019)
The Real Thing (2:45, 2018)
Looking Glass (2:37, 2018)
Color Bars | Big Bend (new media, 2017)

VHS Mixtape Volume 1 (43 min, 2016)

Black & White In Color (2:11, 2015)

Schooner, “Feel Better” music video (2:32, 2013)

Saint Agnes (3:06, 2013)

Gloss (10 min, 2010)

Home (1:48, 2009)

Textures (1:32, 2009)

Repress (3:52, 2009)

Select Screenings and Exhibitions


The Real Thing:
Beyond Boundaries, Kenai Film Bunker / Corner Theater, virtual / Busan, KR
We Take Everything With Us, Walker Art Center, virtual / Minneapolis, MN
Día Mundial del VHS, Xool / ULTRACinema, virtual / CDMX, MX
Vimeo Staff Pick
Official Vimeo Category Selection: Experimental
Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, UT

Sengoko - “The Keep”:
Día Mundial del VHS, Xool / ULTRACinema, virtual / CDMX, MX

An Ounce of Solace: Digital Care Package, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies


2019 Tallgrass Residency Group Exhibition, Matfield Green, KS
Julianna Villarosa: Recent Work, mamafilm, Wichita, KS

The Real Thing:
Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC
4th Independent Film Tour MX, Monterrey, MX
Dallas Medianale, Dallas, TX
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH
Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
Indie Grits Festival, Columbia, SC

Places Disturbed:
Semi-finalist, Student Academy Awards, Hollywood, CA
West Texas Film Festival, Odessa, TX
Oaxaca FilmFest, Oaxaca, MX
Thin Line Festival, Denton, TX
Nominee: Best Student Documentary, Thin Line Festival
Indie Grits Festival, Columbia, SC

Looking Glass:
Experimental Films From Iowa, Stray Cat Film Center, Kansas City, MO
Experimental Films From Iowa, filmfront, Chicago, IL

Black & White In Color:
MGM National Harbor video installation, December 2016 - April 2017, Washington, DC
North Portland Unknown Television, January 2017


Black & White In Color:

VHS Mixtape Vol. 1

New Mavericks Film Series, Atlanta, GA

Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC

Miami Short Film Festival, Miami, FL

Finalist: Best Experimental, Miami Short Film Festival

Columbus International Film + Video Festival: West Cherry Film Night, Columbus, OH

Marfa Film Festival, Marfa, TX

Indie Grits Festival, Columbia, SC

Black & White In Color:

Shortlifting video installation, Hong Kong Arts Centre, December 2015, Hong Kong

Featured on The Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada, October 6, 2015

Vimeo Staff Pick: “Black & White In Color”

Official Vimeo Category Selection: Experimental

Official Vimeo Category Selection: Cameras & Techniques

Saint Agnes:

Women in Film: Documentary Shorts, The Carrack, Durham, NC

Seven Shorts, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI

Saint Agnes:

Alice Fest, Durham, NC

Saint Agnes:

Finalist, Our State Magazine Documentary Film Contest

Select Awards and Residencies

Artist Grant, The Puffin Foundation, 2021

Travel Grant, Eye Conference, 2020
Artist Stipend, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, 2019
Artist-in-Residence, Tallgrass Artist Residency, August 6-15, 2019, Matfield Green, KS
Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Fellowship, Summer 2019, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Iowa Arts Fellowship, The University of Iowa, 2018-2019, Iowa City, IA
Artist-in-Residence, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, May 2018, Pine Springs, TX

Select Artist Talks, Workshops, and Conferences

Craft, Critique, Culture Conference, April 16-17, 2021, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    - Educators As Activists
    - Art As Activism
12th Orphan Film Symposium: Water, Climate, & Migration, May 2020, Eye filmmuseum, Amsterdam, NL*
2020 Grant Writing Seminar, May 2020, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2019 Tallgrass Artist Symposium, October 12, 2019, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS
The Climate of Environmental Journalism: A Regional Summit, March 5, 2019, Grinnell, IA
Documentary Video: An Introductory Field Guide, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, May 2018, Pine Springs, TX
Creating and Deconstructing Time-Lapse, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, May 2018, Pine Springs, TX

Select Articles and Reviews

Week 38: Sandwiched, Hundred Heroines, 12/24/2020
Modern Horrors, Women and Hollywood, 3/5/2020
I’d Like To Deprive The World of Water (To Make More Coca-Cola), Kottke, 2/21/2020
The Real Thing: una video-satira sullo scandalo Coca-Cola in Messico, frizzifrizzi, 2/19/2020
Julianna Villarosa Used Actual Coca-Cola To Destroy The “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke” Commercial, The Morning News, 2/19/2010

Coca-Colanol: Processing Film in Coca-Cola by Julianna Villarosa, pg. 39, Analog Cookbook, Issue #1
The Real Thing by Julianna Villarosa // VHS + 16mm, pg. 36-38, Analog Cookbook, Issue #1
Introducing the Summer 2019 Studio Fellows, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, 4/29/2019

15 essential color-editing terms, defined, Vimeo, 11/28/16


Julianna Thomas Shows Us How Black And White Is So Much More Than A Slider In Adobe, Planet 5D, 11/22/2015

Mesmerizing Black And White Video, Filmed In Color, The Atlantic Monthly, 10/15/2015

“Black & White In Color,” A Captivating Look at the Accidental Hues That Develop In a Colorless World, Laughing Squid, 10/7/2015

Black And White Shot In Color, Fubiz, 10/6/2015

Julianna Thomas Explores The Colorless Beauty Of The World With A Filter-Free Look At Black And White Objects, Devour, 10/5/2015

Fine Art Short Records Beautiful Black And White Subjects In Color, Fstoppers, 10/5/2015

Stunning Monochromatic Video Made Entirely With Black-And-White Objects, Designtaxi, 10/5/2015

Beautiful Video Shows Black and White Imagery in Stunning Color, Gizmodo, 10/1/2015

Black And White Shot In Color Is Mesmerizing, Digg, 9/30/2015


Schooner – “Feel Better” video premiere, Pop Matters, 10/29/2013


Slamdance Film Festival:

   - Programmer, Experimental Shorts, 2020

   - Programmer & Co-Captain, Experimental Shorts, 2021

   - Programmer, Documentary Shorts, 2021


MFA, Film & Video Production
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Iowa Arts Fellowship

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Fellowship

COVID Relief Fellowship

BA, Communications: Media Production
The University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

NCSSM Tuition Grant


The North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics
Durham, NC

Relevant Experience 

Instructor of Record, University of Iowa: Cinematic Arts, F2020
    -  Alternative Forms: Activist Filmmaking
Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa: Cinematic Arts, F2019, S2020, S2021
    -  Modes of Film & Video Production 

Freelance Cinematographer, Editor, and Director, 2010 - 2018
Content Creator, contract, Havas, 2017 - 2018, Atlanta, GA & Chicago, IL
Shooter/Editor, 22squared & 22pictures, 2016 - 2017, Atlanta, GA
Video Editor, contract, Myriad Media, 2014 - 2016, Raleigh, NC
Instructional Designer & Video Content Specialist, GCFLearnFree, 2010 - 2014, Raleigh, NC
Global Music Show Producer, WXYC 89.3 FM & UNC Global Area Studies, 2009 - 2011, Chapel Hill, NC
Lighting Intern, UNC-TV, 2010, Research Triangle Park, NC
Production Manager, WXYC 89.3 FM, 2008, Chapel Hill, NC
Volunteer Independent Radio DJ, WXYC 89.3 FM, 2006 - 2013, Chapel Hill, NC

Select Clients

Coca-Cola • Divided By The Sea - Documentary • Hopscotch Music Festival • Interface • Kid Ethnic • Looking At Appalachia • McCann • MGM International • NARAL Pro-Choice • Northern Spy Records • Publix • Sprite • Three Lobed Recordings • Toyota • vitaminwater


Canon C100, Canon 5D, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema + URSA Mini, Bolex H16, PXL 2000

Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Dragonframe, Audition

Sketch, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator


Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL): Associate Level certified; CPR/AED/First Aid certified; español intermedio

*Cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.