April 16, 1980
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Juliette Marquis (born Juliette Dudnik on April 16, 1980) is a Ukrainian born American actress, model, and former ballerina whose work has turned to documentary filmmaking. She is a partner at the production company More Better World, Inc. and is a producer, writer and director focused on non-fiction investigative storytelling.
She moved from Ukraine to Chicago, Illinois when she was 8. She started modeling when she was 14 and lived in Paris. She later moved to New York City where she wrote and acted in plays. In 2002 she moved to Los Angeles and soon after got her first movie role.
This Girl's Life, co-starring James Woods, Rosario Dawson, Kip Pardue and Michael Rapaport, brought Marquis to the attention of numerous critics, such as Roger Ebert's “…it’s of historical value, because it centers on the first performance of an actress who is going to be a big star.” Screen International’s “…Marquis is the epitome of a movie goddess exuding as much intelligence as sex appeal.” and Variety’s “…proves to be much more than a physical knockout.” She went on to win Best Newcomer Award at the Vegas Film Festival, and a Best Actress Award at the Film Festival Internationale di Milano 2005.
Following post production, Juliette was handed a script called "Chicks with Sticks", directed by Kari Skogland (L-Word, Liberty Stands Still). Juliette opted for the role of the street kid, hockey goalie. Filming in Canada’s Calgary, the heart of the hockey capital, Juliette spent two more months working with real women Olympic players. Jessalyn Gilsig, Margot Kidder, Jason Priestley co-star.
Coming together with director Scott Dacko, "The Insurgents" project began. Filmed in New York, costarring alongside John Shea and Mary Stuart Masterson, the film won the Audience Award at the 2006 Oldenburg International Film Festival, as well as Best Screen Play Award at the Palm Beach Film Festival.
She starred in the movie "Phantom Love" released in 2007, written, directed, and produced by award winning Nina Menkes. The film premiered at Sundance to overwhelming reviews and went on to opening at the MOMA theater in New York City as well as the Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles, along with a worldwide release in over 20 countries.
Juliette also earned a degree from Villanova University in Project Management, and launched Marquis Enterprise. She progressed into project development, managing the renovation of Petit Ermitage among other projects. She developed Marquis Enterprise into a live entertainment design company for large scale events, producing such projects as art direction for U2’s AIDS Awareness Charity Gala in Paris, and entertainment design and management for the 2008 Super Bowl Show.
She moved her expertise to New Yorks’ largest lifestyle start-up, UrbanDaddy, launching their experiential marketing department in all nine of their markets nationwide, designing and producing over 25 events on their behalf.
Juliette’s cumulative experience in leveraging branding concepts, story development, and relationships with artists has now taken her back into film. As well, her experience as an actress and a dancer had been invaluable in maneuvering seamlessly between the worlds of performance and production, and she craved to come back to storytelling. Hired to direct and produce a documentary about a real-life “renegade”, a person dedicated to rescuing kids from sex trafficking, Juliette went undercover into Mexico, filming in brothels and finding sources to expose the human trafficking web. Stemming from this experience, More Better World Inc. was launched, with a focus on creating content with social value, Juliette has developed a documentary-profile series called Dent that focuses on people who are changing our world in different industries. She is also currently in the development stage for a documentary feature on the ivory trafficking epidemic.
- This Girl's Life (2003)
- Chicks With Sticks (2004)
- London (2005)
- Into the Sun (2005)
- The Insurgents (2006)
- The Phobic (2006)
- Phantom Love (2007)