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Judy Lieff

Lecturer in Dance

Judy Lieff is a filmmaker and educator with a background in dance and experimental film. She has won numerous awards for her first feature documentary, Deaf Jam (2011), which 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.

Lieff earned her MFA in dance and experimental film/video from the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), following a career as a professional dancer. She participated in a Dance On Camera residency with BBC producer Bob Lockyer at the Banff Centre for the Arts and is a recipient of a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Lieff has years of experience working in both production and post-production on commercials, industrials, shorts, and electronic press kits for feature films. She has also produced, directed, and edited many short dance films that have garnered awards and screened internationally. Additionally, she has worked as a motion-capture performer/choreographer and as a stop-motion performer/choreographer on projects including Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Pat O’Neil’s The Decay of Fiction.