Meet our Cast & Crew: JULIA VAN VLIET, Production Designer

HOMETOWN: Chagrin Falls, OH

ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES (3): This is a tricky question as a designer; as I wonder do I answer with the 3 films that blew my mind as designer or 3 films I just love and could watch over and over again...  Here are a few that I never grow tired of watching:  “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,”  “Out of Africa,” BBC’s 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” and “Valley Girl.”  The films that I have loved design-wise is long, but I love a film that takes chances like “Old Boy,” “Lucky Number Slevin,” “The Fall” (super gorgeous film), “Blade Runner,” the newest “Anna Kerenina” (which was a wonderful theatrical adaptation to film) and anything Baz Luhrmann does.  I’m not sure who was smarter to marry whom but Catherine Martin is a genius!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTISTS (3): LOL!  Unless you're a part of “High Fidelity,” who has a constant top 3? (Which was such a great film of the best book by Nick Hornby)  A few artists that have stood the test of time for me:  The Police, Nina Simone and Queen.   However, it all depends on my mood… I have such an eclectic taste.  From old school Rap/R&B, punk rock, metal, 50’s country, and big band crooners to the occasional opera… Doesn’t it all set the stage for life?

FAVORITE NEW ARTIST-TO-WATCH: I feel like female comics are the ones to watch these days.  Amy Schumer is definitely breaking the mold but so is Mindy Kaling.   They wouldn’t have had their start if it weren’t for Joan Rivers, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Carol Kane, Chelsea Handler, Jeneane Garofalo Tina Fey, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman.  Funny ladies rule!

FAVORITE TV SHOWS CURRENTLY ON TV: Modern Family!  This show is so well written and acted.

FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @wolfpack - This is a man that saves all the dogs that I want to save but don’t have this space to do so!  Bravo!

BEST MEAL YOU'VE EVER HAD:  I got treated to a 5-course meal at Jean George!!  Oh my, the best!!!

IF YOU COULD HAVE LUNCH WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE), WHO WOULD IT BE?: Either Coco Chanel, Diana Vrieland or Elsa Sciprilli.

MOST OUTRAGEOUS THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?I’ve done too many to count.  I lived in NYC in the 90s and was young.  There was a lot to do that was outrageous!

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU'VE TRAVELLED TO?: Greek Isles

WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST OF PLACES TO TRAVEL TO?: Tahiti

 

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