2010-2011 Luce Scholar

Juliana Montgomery graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Film Studies from Spelman College in 2006. She has the distinction of being Spelman’s first graduate in the independent major she created and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her interest in media stems from her work with the Oakland, California Film Office, where she served as assistant film coordinator prior to attending Spelman. Her work experience also includes: ABC News, New Line Cinema, the One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, and C-SPAN. After graduation from Spelman, Juliana spent 10 months in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Fellow where she continued her filmmaking studies at FAMU, Prague’s renowned film academy. As her Fulbright research project, Juliana produced a documentary in which she examined images of women reflected in Czech visual culture during the pre- and post-communist periods. As a result of her humanitarian and international development interests, Juliana interned with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in post-war Bosnia. In addition, she shot and directed a short documentary on location in Kabul, Afghanistan, which focuses on educational opportunities for Afghan high school students. Juliana’s documentary contributed to fundraising efforts for a recently launched foundation called Afghan Scholars Initiative, in which she is a member. In Portland, Oregon, Juliana worked in production with a creative advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy. Among the works that she associate produced was the 2009 Emmy award-winning Coca-Cola advertisement, Heist.