Jule Gilfillan
Jule Gilfillan

Jule Gilfillan


Jule Gilfillan is a writer and producer for OPB's science and environment series “Oregon Field Guide.” Since coming to OPB in 2010, she has received many honors, including Society of Professional Journalists awards, more than a dozen Northwest Emmys and a Gracie from the Alliance for Women in Media.

Jule became absorbed in the world of contemporary Chinese cinema while studying Mandarin as an undergraduate in Taiwan. She pursued her interest in filmmaking at the University of Southern California, where she earned a master of fine arts in cinema-television production. She went on to write, direct and produce films and television in Los Angeles and Beijing, including the first U.S.-China co-production, the feature film “Restless.” Her narrative and documentary films have won several national awards and screened at major festivals, including Venice, Telluride and New York.

Jule was born and raised in Oregon. She enjoys learning languages (Mandarin, French, Spanish) and is an enthusiastic music lover, hiker and skier.

Latest Stories

Northwest geologist hot on the trail of Ginkgo lava flow

Popular geologist Nick Zentner of “Nick on the Rocks” takes an entertaining road trip to explore the Ginkgo lava flow that erupted in Central Washington and flowed all the way to the Oregon Coast 16 million years ago.


Meet the man who makes Oregon sunstones sparkle

Ever wonder what makes gemstone sparkle? It starts with the way a crystal reflects and refracts light. Gemstone cutters must choose a design with the right angles for that stone, so that light passes through, bounces back to the top and catches the eye of the beholder. Karl Ziltener of the Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild shows us how he turns a raw Oregon sunstone into a glittering jewel.

Oregon bonsai creator captures nature in a bowl

After a traditional apprenticeship in Japan, Oregon bonsai professional Ryan Neil is capturing the West's rugged landscape in bonsai form. We follow one tree over the course of a year, as well as venture into the wilderness with Neil to see humanity's relationship with nature through his eyes.

Christmas spirit comes to life in Sumpter, Oregon

The Eastern Oregon mining town of Sumpter is officially known as a "ghost town." But every Christmas, the old steam engines of the Sumpter Valley Railroad bring the spirit of the season to life for hundreds of visitors.