Julia Swain is a Los Angeles based cinematographer known for her emotion-driven imagery that consistently seeks to portray the human experience. From narrative features and shorts, to music videos and commercials, Swain has shot for an array of clients including National Geographic, MTV, A&E, VH1, Coca-Cola and ARRI. Her library of work has earned her the ASC Vision Award from the American Society of Cinematographers, just after winning the Women in Film Fellowship in Cinematography.
After graduating with her MFA in Cinematography from UCLA, a feature period piece she lensed for director Matt Knudsen, CASSIDY RED, premiered at the 2017 Dances with Films festival and is being released on VOD early 2018. A short film she shot for director Stellan Kendrick, GOODNIGHT, GRACIE, premiered at the prestigious SITGES film festival in Spain this year as well. She is finishing up directing a feature documentary celebrating women in cinematography that is set to release late 2018, in order to bring awareness to the rising number of women practicing this phenomenal profession. She is a proud member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC), and has taught cinematography for UCLA's graduate program. Swain continues to educate upcoming cinematographers through masterclasses across the country.