Occasional updates from the front lines…

Berwick Beacon

So much fun. This month my old friend, Damon Robison, invited me to answer a questionnaire about growing up in our home town of Berwick, Louisiana. He then wrote a short article for the town newsletter, the Berwick Beacon. Here’s the link to the newsletter:

It has spawned a volley of e-mails among some of my dear friends from childhood (featured in the photo above, sitting on the car from l to r: David Luck, Jan Taylor, me, Jody Barbier; standing: Melanie Wallace) where we’re remembering all kinds of rogue activities, including stuffing our science teacher’s beloved Ford Galaxie 500 with newspaper. He didn’t find it funny and made us wear sandwich boards to school the following day, apologizing and promising to wash and wax his car. Such wild kids. Both my parents passed away this year, and that brought me back to Berwick quite a lot, where I’ve been reminded of the value of being from a place where everyone knows you… even all these decades later. So many lovely friends, schoolmates, teachers and parents, have shown support to our family this year, and I am utterly grateful.

Alexis and Aaron’s Wedding Anniversary

One year ago today my beautiful daughter Alexis and her beloved Aaron made their wedding vows to one another in a charming and meaningful ceremony, witnessed by all of us who love them. A tremendous and memorable day, which fills my heart when I recall it. We wish them a Happy First Anniversary and many, many more to come.

Alexis and Aaron Wedding



American Crime Episode 108

Just got back from Austin where I was working on my episode of American Crime, the new series created by John Ridley, Academy-Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. The show will air in March 2015, but meanwhile we’re all working like crazy to bring this powerful, subtle story to life.

My episode (108, we’re not using titles, just numbers…) focuses heavily on a character played by the amazing Felicity Huffman, who was a dream to work with. I also had a tremendous time working with Tim Hutton and Regina King. Truly, the entire cast of this show is stellar; everyone attends the work with such intelligence and seriousness that it’s inspirational. In fact, all of us –  cast, crew, writers, producers – have the feeling that this is a special experience and everyone is bringing their A-game.

The crew is kick-ass, including our first-time director Rachel Morrison (cinematographer of Fruitvale Station, among other indy movies) who did a great job on the biggest episode of the series so far. Here she is in the scout van, working away in anticipation of our GIGANTIC shoot in San Marcos, which included hundreds of extras, SWAT teams, stunts, weapons firing, tear gas, horses, dogs and children. We threw everything we had at Rachel and she handled it with grace, toughness and humor, getting the job done like the pro she is.



A few photos of our days on set:

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Julie with Director of Photography Ramsey Nickell

During my (brief!) downtime, I was able to explore Austin a bit. Great food, great people. Love this city. Here are a couple of favorite photos:

The dome of the state capitol building:


A Saturday festival on Sixth Street:

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Then back to set before dawn on most days.


I am thrilled to be working on this series with these wonderful people. Keep a look out for American Crime in March 2015.

Welcome to the new website!

Welcome to Julie’s new website! With the help of designer David Gaz ( we are proud to launch the new and improved Julie Hébert website.


Play with the shifting tiles on the home page:

Watch a short video reel of TV directing work:

Download some of Julie’s plays:

Find out about personal projects:

Hear about the latest events with photos and links:

Check out cool production photos and posters:

Discover amazing new friends:

And of course, you can read the About section where Julie shares her journey from the deep south of Louisiana to the west coast of California. Learn about how she started off as a theater director in San Francisco and found her way into television and film while still staying close to her theater roots:

We would LOVE for you to check out the site and let us know what you think. We’ve put a lot of work and thought into making it interactive and fun and will be uploading more video and texts as time goes on.  Check back often.

Especially keep an eye out for edited interviews on our backyard video project:

So bookmark the website and keep in touch. Cheers!

Look What She Did! (behind-the-scenes)

Sunday September 7th 2014 was the first official shoot for Julie’s new backyard video project Look What She Did! Julie Interviewed four kick-ass gals talking about women who have inspired them, women who have done amazing things to improve our world, but who are not as well-known as they should be.

Look What She Did! was created by Julie and Jill Klein after they served on jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Folts Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles, and began  to wonder who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz and why haven’t we heard of her??? They researched her, discovered Clara’s many accomplishments, the foremost of which is that she was the first person to envision and establish the Public Defender system in the United States. Crazy. Naturally the next thought was… imagine how many other amazing women are out there, past and present, who have done incredible things for our society but somehow are lost to history. Julie and Jill have set out to celebrate these unknown powerhouses by asking interesting women to talk about the women who have inspired them with their achievements, their fearlessness, their dedication to making the world better. We want to know about these women, we want to discuss them, we want to remember them. We are in the process of editing our first set of interviews with Jill Klein, Brighde Mullins, Zakiyyah Alexander, and Laurel Ollstein, and will let you know when you watch them online; meanwhile Julie invites you to take a behind-the-scenes peek at  Look What She Did!

This is the first installment of our journey through the lives of fascinating, accomplished women. Send us suggestions for interviews on the Julie Hebert Facebook page, we are collecting names!

American Crime

We are excited to announce that Julie Hébert is the Co-Executive Producer of the new television series “American Crime” created by John Ridley, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. The series films in Austin, Texas, and will air on ABC in March of 2015. American Crime is set in small-town California and centers around a racially charged murder and the repercussions for all the families involved. ABC directed the creative team to “Be bold.” and that’s what they’re doing.  Julie says, “I’m very happy to be working on this deep and nuanced story with such brave, talented people.” The series features an ensemble cast including Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton.

Check out the trailer below for the first look into American Crime:


The Mitch Hebert Memorial Scholarship in Creative Arts

Julie’s family inaugurated a scholarship to support the growth of talented young Louisiana artists in honor of her brother Mitch Hebert.

The scholarship gives an annual award to a student majoring in Artat Julie’s alma mater, Nicholls State University. The Hebert family is currently raising an endowment to ensure the scholarship will be permanently funded.

To learn more about Mitch, the scholarship, or to make a donation please visit:

Mitch was an art collector and painter. Some of his abstract paintings can be seen here

Julie Directs Nashville Episode “Your Wild Life’s Gonna Get You Down”

“Your Wild Life’s Gonna Get You Down” is Julie’s third time to direct an episode of Nashville. The show follows the travails and triumphs of country music stars in the center of this famous city.

Julie loves returning to her native South to work on the show; lately she’s been to the Bluebird Cafe, The Grand Ole Opry, and the Ryman and can’t wait to go back. Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.

You can read an episode recap on Entertainment Weekly here
You can watch this episode on Hulu here

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Earl Hebert, Sr. 1932-2014

Julie’s father Earl Hebert, Sr. died on Saturday, January 18th, at his home in Berwick after a brief illness. He was very peaceful in his last days surrounded by his children and held in love.

Earl lived all his life in his beloved town, Berwick, Louisiana, except for four years as Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Most of his professional career was spent with Diamond Services, where he rose to the position of Chief Financial Officer and oversaw a wide range of financial and legal affairs during his 45 years with the company. Earl was very civic-minded and served his community in many ways throughout his lifetime. After his death, St. Mary Parish honored his memory by passing a Resolution of Respect for Earl.

Julie remembers one of herDad’s favorite memories was a neighborhood kid knocking on the door and asking her mom, ‘Can Mr. Earl come out to play?’

A good man, a good dad, a good friend.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Mitch Hebert Scholarship Fund

You can read his full obituary here

Julie Directs Episode of Nashville: “You’re No Angel Yourself”

“You’re No Angel Yourself,”is the second episode Julie has directed for the country music drama Nashville. The show follows a country music legend as she clashes with a rising young star.

The friends Julie has made in Nashville have a sweet and easy Southern humor and hospitality that she hasn’t found anywhere else.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.
You can read the Entertainment Weekly episode recap here
You can watch this episode on Hulu here



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