Julien and Justen Turner


Filmmaking brothers Julien and Justen Turner are award-winning writers and directors who have made their mark as urban storytellers, most recently being selected as part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2022 in the Hollywood and Entertainment category. In 2022, their Nike x Social Status “Free Lunch” comedic short also garnered them a Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Video Campaign. 

In 2016, the then teenage Turner Brothers formally started their own production company, Dreadhead Films, and soon thereafter found themselves in the national spotlight after being recognized as the youngest filmmakers commissioned to do a short film for the Sesame Street tv series in 2017. To date, Julien and Justen have made nearly a dozen short films, including two award-winning shorts that have screened at renowned film festivals across the country. In recent years, they have also become known for their branded narrative collaborations with the likes of Amazon, Beats by Dre, Air Jordan, Nike, Adobe and more. Their work has afforded them the opportunity to be featured in the New York Times, Complex, The Root, Hypebeast, Forbes and on other major media platforms. 

The Turner Brothers are natives of Champaign, IL, and they credit much of their filmmaking aspirations to their rich childhood experiences in Champaign. They currently live in Columbus, OH and are presently working on securing their first feature film deal. More of their story can be found in their recently released TEDx Talk entitled, “Using Filmmaking to find your Superhuman Gene” and at www.DreadheadFilms.com.