It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Julia Butler, Writer - Director, is the recipient of TheWIFTS Jury Award 2017 for her directorial debut, Slipaway. With a delicate and deft touch, the subject matter of Alzheimer's disease is graciously handled, and the pacing of the film profoundly relays the process of dementia. On The Music Goes, the award-winning theme song of Slipaway, was included in the Oscars Short List for Best Original song. The music was written by Julia Butler, with lyrics by Julia Butler and Daniel Mentz.
Her directorial debut, Slipaway, is a journey of self-discovery, courage, and unconditional friendship between two solitary souls at opposite ends of life. Despite the odds, their turbulent bond rescues them both and sets free their ultimate calling. The film stars Elaine Partnow.
Julia Butler was born and grew up in Moscow, the daughter of a renowned concert pianist and a university professor. Her father wrote and translated best-selling books and was fluent in nine languages. Raised in a household filled with music and literature, Julia attended one of the top school in Moscow and learned English at an early age.
Her true passion and leaning was for figure skating, for which she had a talent. Julia trained diligently for hours every day and was discovered by a producer at Mosfilm Studios and landed the lead role of a skater in the feature film, Vitka.
Her outstanding performance in Vitka led to other roles, and she continued her passion with skating for many years, until her parents insisted that she should pursue academics. After completing her Master’s degree in literature and languages at the University of Moscow, she followed in her father’s footsteps writing and translating children’s books from Norwegian into Russian, and teaching languages at the Institute for Diplomats (MGIMO).
At the age of 22 having immigrated to Italy Julia founded an impresario company, organizing tours of Italian pop and classical stars to the former Soviet Union. She indulged her love of music through writing and recording of her own songs and soon gained popularity as a singer and songwriter.
She traveled to Los Angeles in pursuit of her music career, and was signed by SBK records, part of EMI Group, joining artists such as Boy George, Tracy Chapman, and Wilson Phillips. A merger and an unexpected shift in management at the record label put Julia’s project on hold, and her dreams were dashed.
Never being one to accept defeat, she turned her attention to other endeavors and enjoyed considerable success in the business world.
Julia Butler has the soul of an artist who deeply desires to make a difference and to touch the lives of others. Her recent book, The Last Encore, explores the complexity of the human psyche on both physical and spiritual levels, and glorifies the powerful driving force of Love, capable of overcoming all, even the unthinkable… The Last Encore is available on Amazon.com and all other Retailers.