October 2, 2018

Former grad Director X makes his mark as Arts Walk of Fame inductee

​Many know Julien Christian Lutz as "Director X" or "X", an international renowned director who is on the forefront of the music industry for creating unique, distinguishing videos for popular artists such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and many others. For the Peel District School Board, Director X is a North Park Secondary School graduate who was recognized as one of the 2017 inductees to the City of Brampton Arts Walk of Fame. The recognition event was held at the Rose Theatre on Friday, September 14.

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In his acceptance speech, Director X mentions that in junior high, he initially wanted to pursue a career in comic books and in high school, he became interested in graphic design. The turning point was during his high school co-op placement at MuchMusic when he realized that he wanted to go into directing.

"You follow your interests and you let it take you where it's going to take you," says Director X in his acceptance speech.

As a film director, he made his directorial debut in 2014 with drama titled Across the Line, which won Best Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival 2015. His recent film, Superfly, debuted in August.

Amongst the four 2017 inductees to the Arts Walk of Fame are also Rupi Kaurand Zarqa Nawaz, graduates of Turner Fenton and Chinguacousy secondary schools, respectively.

"It's always exciting to celebrate our former students and their achievements as they continue to make a lasting impact on our school, our community and internationally," says Sherry Dalcin, principal at North Park Secondary School. "At North Park, we're always encouraging our students to dream big, believe that they're possible and find a way to make their mark on the world."

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The Arts Walk of Fame was established as a key recognition program to celebrate the incredible artistic and creative talent emerging from Brampton, build civic pride and connections with the community, and inspire the next generation of artists and creators. For more information on the inductees, visit the City of Brampton website.

Photos courtesy of The City of Brampton.

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