Judy Lieff, dancer, 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. Judy has produced, directed, and edited several short dance films that have screened internationally. She is a six time grant recipient for dance/media projects and has over ten 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. 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. Lieff is the recipient of a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts. She has received two NYSCA grants for her documentary film, DeAf Jam – a coming of age story about a deaf teen finding her identity through American Sign Language Poetry. Additionally, DeAf Jam has been funded by: the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service. The film aired on Independent Lens in their 2011/2012 season and is currently in the midst of a festival run. Lieff is currently on faculty at Purchase College teaching dance video in the Conservatory of Dance.