Julie Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in the summer of 1999, with Bonnie Curtis joining in 2011. Mockingbird is currently in production on its first animated film: “My Father’s Dragon,” based upon the beloved children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn, which will be directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey for Netflix. Mockingbird has projects in active development or pre-production with Skydance, Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Sony/TriStar, and Fox.
Ms. Lynn and Ms. Curtis’s 2019 release was the well-reviewed Tim Miller-directed “Terminator: Dark Fate.” In June of 2018, Mockingbird premiered its first-ever television series with Skydance Media on AMC: “Dietland,” created by Marti Noxon and based upon the novel by Sarai Walker.
Mockingbird’s 2017 releases were The Skydance/Sony presentation of Daniel Espinosa’s “Life” (SXSW premiere), Rob Spera’s “The Sweet Life” (LAFF premiere), Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” (Telluride and Toronto premieres), and Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone” (Sundance premiere).
Mockingbird productions include Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” Vic Levin’s “5 to 7,” Mr. Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” (nominated for three Academy Awards), Arie Posin’s “The Face of Love,” Mr. Garcia’s “Mother and Child,” Robin Swicord’s “The Jane Austen Book Club,” Brad Silberling’s “10 Items or Less,” and Mr. Garcia’s “Nine Lives.”
Mockingbird Pictures have played at many festivals, including Toronto, Sundance, Telluride, AFI, SXSW, Tribeca, LAFF, Deauville (Grand Prize), San Sebastian (Closing Night) and Locarno (Grand Prize), and have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards, as well as Oscars.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Lynn co-produced HBO’s presentation of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “WIT,” and supervised the horse races on Gary Ross’s “Seabiscuit.”
As time allows, Ms. Lynn serves as a story consultant for Pixar Animation Studios.
Ms. Lynn started in Hollywood as Creative Executive for producer Mark Johnson. Before moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Lynn practiced law at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her JD from the University of Virginia’s law school and a BA from its college. Ms. Lynn serves on the board of the Virginia Film Festival, the board of The Thomas Jefferson Center, the LA Advisory Committee for Americares, and is active within both the PGA and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Lynn is married to Douglas Smith, an author and professor of American History. They have two children, Zoe and Jack.