Julia D'Amico is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and has produced and directed two feature length projects. Her award-winning first feature entitled The Highwaymen (2000) was about a group of African-American self-taught artists from Southern Florida. The group got their name because in the 1960s, when Florida was still a segregated state, they would drive up and down the highways selling their paintings of Florida’s landscapes from their cars. La Maestra in the House (2007) explores the role of women in classical music and as conductors, through the life of musician/conductor Marylouise Nanna. Ms. Nanna is a violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor of the Ars Nova Musicians’ Chamber Orchestra. She studied conducting and the violin, but came of age in the 1950s, when women conductors were almost unheard of. She never got a conducting position with a full orchestra, so in 1978 Nanna founded her own orchestra and by doing so created her own opportunity to conduct. Both documentaries have screened at festivals throughout the United States and abroad. The Highwaymen was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country. Ms. D’Amico is currently in production on her third feature, which is about urban renewal in American cities.

Ms. D’Amico’s documentaries are influenced by her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago studying Sociology. In particular, she studied urban sociology and ethnography. Ms. D’Amico’s fascination with written ethnographic work has had a profound effect on her non-fiction films.

Ms. D’Amico’s professional film production experience includes working in Broadcast Production at the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Ms. D’Amico has conducted workshops on her films and also taught a documentary film class at Haverford College.

In addition to her work as a documentary filmmaker D’Amico has almost a decade of experience working on poverty issues in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ms. D'Amico earned a Bachelors degree with Honors in Sociology and a Masters in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, as well as a Masters degree in Cinema Studies from New York University.

© 2003 Julia D'Amico