Judy Lieff is a filmmaker and educator with a background in dance and experimental film. She was awarded a finishing grant from ITVS (the Independent Television Service) for Deaf Jam. The film was selected to participate in the 2013/2014 season of the American Film Showcase (AFS) - a state department initiative in sponsorship with USC's Cinema Arts Department. She is on faculty at SUNY Purchase teaching film production that explores the intersections of film and dance. Judy earned her M.F.A. in dance & 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. Judy has years of experience working in production and post-production on commercials, industrials, shorts, and EPKs for feature films. 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.” This year Judy is participating as a film envoy for the 2014/2015 season of the American Film Showcase.
Films by Judy Lieff
Deaf Jam is the story of deaf teen Aneta's bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.