Judy Lieff

Lecturer (Video, Dance Documentation)

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Judy Lieff, filmmaker, and teacher earned her M.F.A. in dance & experimental film/video from the California Institute of the Arts following a career as a professional dancer. Upon graduation, Judy was awarded a “Dance On Camera” residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has produced, directed, and edited many short dance films that have garnered awards and screened internationally. She has over eight years of experience working in the film industry in both production and post-production on commercials, industrials, shorts, and Electronic Press Kits for Feature films.

In 2000, she received a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts.  She has been documenting dance in New York City since 1999 (single and multi-camera productions). For the Dance On Camera 2002 festival, Judy produced and performed in a collaborative improvisational dance/video “happening” designed specifically for Remote; a new media art space equipped with more than 60 video cameras, broadcasting live within the location. Additionally, Judy has taught a movement design course she developed for animators and has functioned as a motion capture performer/choreographer, animatronics characters, and as a stop-motion performer/choreographer for video games and feature films.

She is currently in the final stages of post-production on "Deaf Jam," a feature documentary premiering in 2012 on the PBS series, Independent Lens.


Deaf Jam was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment on the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Independent Television Service.


Email Judy Lieff at Judy.Lieff@purchase.edu