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Judy Lieff

Judy LieffLecturer in Dance (Video, Dance Documentation)

Judy Lieff, filmmaker, and teacher earned her MFA in dance and experimental film/video from the California Institute of the Arts, following her career as a professional dancer. Upon graduation, Ms. Lieff 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 more than 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 multicamera 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. Judy has also taught a movement design course that she developed for animators and has functioned as a motion-capture and stop-motion performer/choreographer for video games and feature films.

Ms. Lieff won the 2013 Japan Prize for Best Work in the Youth Category (the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize) for her documentary Deaf Jam. This film also received the Best Documentary Feature Award from the First Irish Deaf Film Festival, the Greenpoint Film Festival, and the Greater Reading Film Festival in 2012. In April 2013, Lieff received the National Award for Emerging Filmmakers from the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. 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.

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