Julia Meltzer is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of Clockshop, an arts organization that commissions and produces projects by artists and writers. Founded in 2004 with the mission to expand the dialogue around cultural production, politics and urban space, Clockshop has produced more than 30 public projects in Los Angeles over the last decade including most recently, Radio Imagination; Artists and Writers in the Archives of Octavia E. Butler, in partnership with the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
Meltzer has directed two feature films. "Dalya’s Other Country", about a Syrian mother and daughter who seek refuge in the US from war in Syria, and "The Light In Her Eyes," about a Qur'an school for women and girls in Damascus, Syria. Both were broadcast on the POV series on PBS in 2017 and 2012 respectively. Meltzer lived in Damascus, Syria from 2005-6 as a Senior Fulbright Fellow teaching journalism and filmmaking at the University of Damascus. She returned every year to work and film until 2010. Her film and video work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, and The Toronto International Film Festival. Meltzer is a recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.