About Julie Tortorici

For the past nine years Julie has worked as an actor, producer and writer. She both wrote and starred in the plays Committed and Belly. Belly was performed multiple times throughout New York City and was also an official selection of the 2003 NYC Fringe Festival where it was hailed as a “rare gem.” This one-person show was also licensed by The Dream Run Theatre Company in Murwillumbah, Australia.

Her first short film Table for Three was produced by On the Leesh Productions and premiered at the Long Island Film Festival. Her screenplay, Waltzing Emily, was a finalist in both the Script P.I.M.P and the ScriptShark Insider Competitions.

Julie has been working full time at On the Leesh Productions since 2004. Her producing highlights there include Sex and the City writer, Liz Tuccillo’s short film Claire, The Stephen Belber/Lucy Tiberghien short, The Things We Know, and Denim which featured Short Bus star PJ Deboy and Redacted star, Rob Devaney. At On the Leesh, Julie acts in, produces and writes for two popular web series: The In-betweens of Holly Malone, (featured on Amanda Congdon’s blog on ABC.com, official selection: Pixelodeon Festival & official selection: LA Webfest 2010) and In the Can. She also acts in and is a producer of The Sexually (official selection: LA Webfest 2010). All three series can be seen online or via TIVO, iTunes and Sony Bravia TV’s.

In 2007, Julie adapted her one-woman show, Belly into her first feature film, For Belly. She produced, wrote and starred in this emotional drama that focuses on a woman suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. It has just entered the festival circuit and is an official selection at The New Jersey International Film Festival and The Long Island International Film Expo.

In 2008, filming began on her documentary web series and blog Best Laid Plans. The film questions what a person does when their life plan is thrown a major hiccup. The story has brought her around the New York area, Ireland and Ghana. Episodes and blog entries can be viewed at bestlaidplansfilm.blogspot.com or on www.skirt.com. In 2009, she made her directing debut with the short comedy Milestone, which screened in a number of film festivals throughout The United States and Canada.

Currently she is serving as a producer and co-head writer for On the Leesh Production’s series What You Can Do 365. This series shows viewers what can be done to help solve pressing social issues with only one minute of time to give. WYCD premiered on PBS affiliate WLIW21 and currently lives online.

Julie’s work has appeared in Variety, NYTheatre.com, The Barry Z Show, WVOX radio in New York, Actorslife.com, The Record Pilot and The Pittsburgh Better Times, Off Off Online. She has also participated panels at multiple film festivals covering topics such as writing for the web and independent filmmaking.

Her latest writing venture is the novel, “The Breakup Face,” represented by InkWell Management.

Additional writing credits include serving as a blogger for http://www.skirt.com, a “recapper” for www.haveuheard.net, www.shoestringventure.com, a contribution to the book, “5 Secrets for Today’s College Girl” as well as a number of copywriting, branding and copyediting assignments for freelance clients.

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