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Jillian Elizabeth

Public bio

Founder of Soma Productions, Jillian Elizabeth is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. Collaborating as a co-producer and cinematographer on the documentary, "Whatever It Takes" she followed the changing landscape of urban education in New York City. A Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grantee, and with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, "Whatever It Takes" aired nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens in March 2010. Jillian is producer of "On Coal River", a documentary that tells the powerful story of a West Virginian community experiencing the harsh realities of modern coal mining. “On Coal River” premiered at AFI/SilverDocs and was nominated for a 2010 Gotham Award in the category “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” Jillian Elizabeth has worked with critically acclaimed filmmakers, Alex Gibney and Michael Moore and independent journalist, Amy Goodman. In addition to her work as a cameraperson in music, film, television and independent news in NYC, she has directed numerous short documentaries for the web, with environmental human-interest stories. Traveling with her camera in hand, Jillian has documented culture in India and Central America. Jillian been a student of Indian philosophy and Yoga since 1995.