Liz Lerman | Jacob’s Pillow Award Winner for 2017

by | Dec 6, 2017 | Promotional Video | 0 comments

Encapsulate Liz Lerman’s life in under 5 minutes?

Yikes! Such a big task!

Before this video interview, I had never met Liz Lerman, but I have been a huge fan. I was starstruck when I interviewed her!

Liz Lerman won the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award for 2017. It was so well deserved. My task was to create a video about her to educate the audience about Liz’s work and accomplishments.

I interviewed her on Skype, because she lives in Arizona. This was my first interview on Skype where there was a professional videographer on the other end. It was an amazing way to accomplish the interview and get the footage needed for the final video. Isn’t technology incredible?  I am telling you, it was magical.

Can you tell I love my work?

This is when I feel like I’m at my greatest – when I am learning more about others – their background, their history – where they have been, what makes them tick…

Liz Lerman is so down-to-earth. She’s fun. She’s such a good storyteller! I swear one hour flew by during our talk on Skype.

Then, the task to put together a video of her work was even more of a challenge! So much incredible content to choose from! I asked my editing angels at NSP to jump in so I could focus on telling Liz Lerman’s story.


This video was shown at the Jacob’s Pillow Gala. I’m proud of it, and I hope you enjoy it!
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“Liz is a creative visionary. Since the 1970s, she has built bridges to other domains & expanded where dance lives in our society.”

– Pamela Tatge, Director of Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance

Nel Shelby is Owner & Filmmaker for Nel Shelby Productions, her New York City-based company dedicated to dance videography and editing. Nel shares her mission to preserve and promote the art of dance with her husband, Christopher Duggan, a dance and wedding photographer. They collaborate on projects with dance companies of worldwide renown, up-and-coming choreographers, dance educators, dance schools and more. Nel is Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow and Vail Dance Festival and is also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.