The son of artists, Julian King grew up in Philadelphia. He was obsessed with movies from a young age and followed his heart to NYU Film School. There he met Matt D’elia and after graduating, the two collaborated on the feature-length American Animal, which Julian produced and shot. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Screen Media.
Julian next directed The Real Thing, a short documentary about Bodie Stroud’s career-defining restoration of a 1969 Mustang, using an ultra-rare engine built for Mario Andretti’s CanAm series race car. The film, which King also shot, was an instant viral sensation and has been viewed online more than a million times.
Recent commercial work includes a seven film campaign for Deloitte, which he co-directed with Cassidy Gearhart, as well as several new installments in Lincoln’s on-going Driven to Give campaign.
In between commercial assignments, Julian is constantly shooting. For years, he’s traveled around the world directing impressionistic short films featuring his father Ray King’s massive, light-refracting steel and glass sculptures. Julian is currently in the midst of a long-term documentary project set in the world of MMA fighters