Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Julianna Villarosa

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Greensboro, NC
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Julianna Villarosa is a filmmaker, artist-activist, curator, and educator. Their work explores ecology, place, and human relationships with and to the environment. They are a former Iowa Arts Fellow and Student Academy Awards semi-finalist, and have received grants from the Eye Filmmuseum, the Puffin Foundation, and more.

Select features and screenings include Vimeo Staff Picks, The Atlantic, Slamdance Film Festival, Walker Art Center, Orphan Film Symposium, Discovery Channel, and the National Park Service, among others. They hold an M.F.A. in film and video production from the University of Iowa and are now in post-production on their first feature documentary, Green Desert.

At MacDowell, Julianna revised the rough cut of Green Desert, an experimental documentary on the erasure of North America’s once-vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem.



Julianna Villarosa worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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