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Julie Busse
Film Editor & Filmmaker

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Kuishi Na Simba
(Living With Lions)

Curiosity Stream, Siima Media, Ouragan Films

Directed by Erica Rugabandana

Produced by Jacqueline Farmer, Erica Rugabandana, and Julie Busse

DP Cyril Barbacon

Edited by Julie Busse

Two lionesses and their cubs live a life of abundance on the Serengeti. But when the dry season arrives, the hungry lions prey on the cattle in the neighboring village, where Rugari the cattle herder and his family live. Rugari is faced with a terrible decision. Livestock are his family’s only income, and he could protect them by poisoning the lions. But if he’s caught he will be sent to jail. His daughter Nyange insists that there must be another way.

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The Old Bear

Co-Directed by Julie Busse and Candice Odgers

Featuring Casey Anderson

With an original music score by M.G. Clark

A film by Think Lemonade Productions and Vision Hawk Films

When old bears go to the mountain for the last time, they aren't just digging their den - they're digging their graves. Through the interweaving of family stories with the final days of bears in the Alaskan wilderness, "The Old Bear" reflects on what nature can teach us about parenthood, aging, and death.

Premieres November 2024

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Editor and Screenwriter
Nominated for a NY Emmy

Amidst the pandemic, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim produced performing arts creative bubbles for artists to work safely together again. Go behind the scenes as artists return to the studio and stage for the first time since the pandemic. Featuring Music From The SoleLes Ballet Afrik, Ephrat Asherie Dance, The Missing Element, Jamar Roberts, and Seven Deadly Sins.

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Wild Places

Music by Aaron Travers

Video by Julie Busse

Explore some of the world's last wild places in this orchestral and video collaboration. 

Premieres November 17, 2024

at the Indiana University Cinema

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(Re)Brilliancy Workshops 

Presented by The Clinic and the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Program

Directed by Drummond West and Tara Rynders

This feature documentary follows the work and philosophy of The Clinic, a group of artists who use play, art, and movement to create immersive experiences for health care professionals, to remember their (re)brilliancy and rekindle the joy that comes from caring for and being cared by another human being. 

Premiered May 9th, 2024 at the

SIE FilmCenter in Denver, Colorado



Julie (Rooney) Busse is an Emmy-nominated film editor with a dance-informed editing style that prioritized storytelling through movement. She specializes in nature film, dance film, and art cinema. She has edited for PBS, Curiosity Stream, WWF, The Guggenheim, and others including many of America's leading choreographers and dance organizations. Julie holds an M.F.A. in film from the University of Colorado Boulder, and is a member of Think Lemonade Productions, Dancing Camera, and the Jackson Wild Collective.

In her free time, Julie is involved with the circus arts as an acrobat, plays in a local Denver band, and sews most of her own clothes. 

Dancing Camera, NYC
Think Lemonade Productions, Singapore

Jackson Wild Collective, WY


Denver, CO


MFA, The University of Colorado

Studio Art: Film


BA, DePauw University

Studio Art: Video Magna Cum Laude

Exchange, The Glasgow School of Art

Animation and Illustration

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Cover video credits: "Wild Places" Source photos by Aaron Travers

Isolation to Creation Video and Image Credits: Image of Les Ballet Afrik; Background video, filmed by Nic Petry of Dancing Camera, edited by Julie Rooney

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