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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: www.mitchhebertscholarship.com

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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Julie Directs Episode of Nashville: “I Saw the Light”

Julie headed from Los Angeles to Nashville to direct an episode of the hit series set in the heart of country music. The show chronicles the conflicting dynamics of several country music stars in different phases of their ambitious careers.

Julie relished the opportunity to explore the city and the huge role music plays – all kinds, all the time, everywhere.

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

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Julies BOSS episode “Redemption” tonight & LIVE Viewing Party w/ Kelsey Grammer & T.I.

Join T.I. and Kelsey Grammer tonight @ 9 pm EST (6 pm PDT) on T.I.’S FACEBOOK page, as they stream a LIVE VIEWING PARTY of Julie’s BOSS episode “Redemption” from each of their homes.

They’ll be watching BOSS on STARZ and interacting with and calling fans who answer questions they’ll be throwing out. That’s right– watch BOSS this Friday, head to T.I.’S Facebook page and if you play along you could get a shout out from one of the guys.

Here are the URLS

HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/TI
HTTP://TWITTER.COM/TIP
HTTP://SPREECAST.COM
HTTP://TWITTER.COM/BOSS_STARZ

Twitter Hashtag #BOSSTV
Tweet to @TIP

Julie Joins the Board of the Cornerstone Theater Co.

Julie has joined the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles

Cornerstone Theater Company is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company that commissions and produces plays which combine the artistry of professional and community collaborators. By making theater with and for people of many ages, cultures and levels of theatrical experience, Cornerstone builds bridges between and within diverse communities in our home city of Los Angeles and nationwide.

Julie is honored to serve this company dedicated to changing people’s lives with art and theater. Cornerstone performed Julie’s LA River play, Touch the Water in 2010.

Storying Rape: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation at the Top of City Hall

In January of 2012, Julie participated in a performance art/panel discussion facilitated by artist Suzanne Lacey as part of her Three Weeks in January project.

The discussion was entitled: “Storying Rape: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation at the Top of City Hall”

Taking place high atop City Hall, this ninety-minute private conversation with nine civic and cultural leaders focused on how the narrative of rape is shaped in our society and by whom; and asks how reframing this narrative might broaden public understanding and potentially reduce the incidence and/or harm from violence. This is a performance in the tradition of the art-life works of Los Angeles artists in the 1970s, where people enact themselves in an event that is both art and politics. More than twenty journalists will blogged and tweeted live on the conversation to their social media networks.