Jule Gilfillan is an award-winning producer for OPB's Science and Environment series “Oregon Field Guide.” Since coming to OPB in 2010, she has received a Society of Professional Journalists award, more than a dozen Northwest Emmys and a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.
As a student, Jule’s work was recognized with a Golden Reel (Motion Picture Sound Editors), a Cine Eagle and a Student Academy Award. She then spent several years working in Los Angeles and Beijing as an independent director, writer and producer, making documentary programs for national networks. For this work she was nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Jule wrote and directed several narrative films that showed at festivals in New York, Telluride and Venice. Her feature film “Restless” was the first U.S.-China co-production and was released theatrically in 2001.
A fluent Mandarin speaker, Jule holds a bachelor of arts in Asian studies from California State University and lived in China and Taiwan for six years. She earned a master of fine arts in cinema and television production from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and attended the Beijing Film Academy.
Jule was born and raised in Oregon and is an enthusiastic music lover, hiker and skier.
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Amy Lay’s fine art from rural roots
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When two Northwest women encountered barriers to feeling confident as cyclists, they teamed up to conquer them and help others do the same.
With accordion in hand, Jet Black Pearl evokes a smile, even during a pandemic
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Judy Hoiness explores ‘The Great Basin: What is and what might have been’
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