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Happy Birthday Julia!
A virtual panel discussion celebrating Julia Child’s 109th Birthday, her love of Santa Barbara, and her impact on today’s food world. Featuring:

- Julie Cohen & Betsy West, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director/producers of Imagine Entertainment’s upcoming JULIA documentary and CNN Films’ RBG.
- Special guest, Alex Prud’homme, co-author of Julia’s memoir MY LIFE IN FRANCE

- Moderated by Todd Schulkin, Executive Director of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts and host of INSIDE JULIA’S KITCHEN podcast

Aug 15, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Betsy West
Director/Producer
Betsy West is an Academy Award®-nominated Emmy winning director/producer of RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films, 2018), along with Julie Cohen. Most recently, she and Cohen directed My Name is Pauli Murray (Participant/Amazon Studios), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. Betsy was executive producer of the MAKERS PBS/AOL documentary and digital series about the modern women’s movement, and the feature documentary The Lavender Scare (PBS, 2019). As an ABC News producer and executive producer of the documentary series Turning Point, she won 21 Emmy awards. Betsy is the Fred W. Friendly Professor Emerita at Columbia Journalism School.
Julie Cohen
Director/Producer
Julie Cohen is the Academy Award® nominated, Emmy winning director and producer of RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films, 2018) along with Betsy West. Her film My Name is Pauli Murray, also directed with West, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Previous films she’s directed include The Sturgeon Queens (7th Art Releasing; Berlinale, 2015; Best of the Fest, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival), and Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (2014 New York Emmy Award for Best Arts Program). Before she started making documentaries, Julie was a longtime staff producer for NBC News. She's been an enthusiastic amateur cook and baker ever since her parents bought her a Cuisinart for her bat mitzvah in the 1970s.
Alex Prud’homme
Journalist
Alex Prud’homme has been a nonfiction writer for thirty years. As a journalist, he has covered a wide range of subjects for publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time. As an author, he has written eight books, on subjects ranging from terrorism to biotech, freshwater, and food. Prud’homme is best known for co-writing Julia Child’s 2006 memoir My Life in France, which became a #1 NYT best-seller and inspired half of “Julie & Julia.” His sequel, The French Chef in America, was published in 2016. His book of Paul Child’s photographs, France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child, was published in 2017 and led to a photo show at the Napa Valley Museum, in Yountville, CA. In February 2022, Boyd’s Mills & Kane will publish his illustrated children’s biography, Born Hungry: Julia Child Becomes “The French Chef.”