The town of Bakersfield, California, surrounded by country music, oil production, and agriculture is where Julian Acosta’s first artistic expressions were born. Driven by wanderlust and a deep-seated love of music, Julian played drums in some bedroom punk bands in his teens and early twenties. He bounced around the States in his early twenties, and revered the rich backdrop of Americana he witnessed.
A quixotic, cross-country road trip from Utah to Wisconsin to produce a no-budget music video for his favorite indie band awakened him to filmmaking (despite a technical glitch ruining all his footage). These are the years that shaped Julian’s worldview. His spiky aggression and teenage earnestness matured into a signature poetic realist filmmaking style.
Much of his work is about self-discovery and celebration. Always up for an adventure, the journey is at the heart of his work; from crackling fireworks in the late, late night, to exploring the unique sights one usually wouldn’t get to see in urban life.