Julia May is an Anglo-Brazilian documentary cinematographer and filmmaker who has lived in London, Barcelona, Réunion and São Paulo. Her multi-cultural background and knowledge of languages, including French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, makes her highly adaptable and able to feel at ease in many situations and with people from all walks of life. Working as a videographer for Storia Brasil, she filmed and interviewed graffiti artists, MMA fighters, businessmen, Syrian refugees, human rights lawyers, rappers and a female pilot, to give but a few examples. She is genuinely curious about the human condition and particularly inclined to those who aim to make a positive impact on society.
Julia graduated in Modern Languages at the University of Bristol in 2012 and moved to São Paulo where she worked for four years as a camera assistant on various productions - TV Series for GNT, HBO and MTV; feature films, short films, documentaries, publicity and corporate videos. This gave her technical experience, and it was during this time that she developed a particular interest for documentaries, which led to her studying documentary filmmaking at Academia Internacional de Cinema, Barco Galeria and the University of São Paulo. Her short film Teranga (2018) will be exhibited at the 29th São Paulo International Short Film Festival.
Julia works as a director of photography and camera operator for documentary, branded content, non-fiction and corporate films, or as a hybrid shooter with all her own equipment, including sound and editing.